Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
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The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational public art museum where you can see outstanding world art for free. The Centre, which opened in 1978 to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, is a world-class building designed by Norman Foster, at the University of East Anglia (UEA), a short distance from Norwich city centre.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Friday 10.00-18.00
Saturday-Sunday 10:00-17:00

Closed: Mon
Christmas & New Year

Admission charges

Admission to the permanent collection is free. There may be charges for special exhibitions.

Discounts

  • International Council of Museums

Additional info

The galleries are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Manual and electric wheelchairs are available - please call in advance to book. A hearing loop is installed in the building.

The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection is primarily found in a gallery known as the Living Area, where modern European art is interspersed with works from around the globe. The objects you'll find here span 5,000 years of human creativity.

Objects from the UEA Collection of Abstract and Constructivist Art, Architecture and Design are also displayed. The collection reflects the curators' interest in 1960s kinetic art and multiples, and non-objective and constructive movements of the 20th century.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Henry Moore
  • Alberto Giacometti
  • Francis Bacon
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Edgar Degas
  • Amedeo Modigliani
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Looking Beyond: Conversations Between John Berger and John Christie

  • 7 May — 27 November 2016 *on now

This new exhibition brings together previously un-exhibited letters and handmade booklets of renowned writer John Berger and artist John Christie with photographs, video and works of art from the Centre and Christie’s own collection.

Looking Beyond is curated by UEA postgraduate Museum Studies students and aims to encourage visitors to reflect on their own responses to the Sainsbury Centre collection.

Website

http://scva.ac.uk/art-and-artists/exhibitions/looking-beyond-conversations-between-john-berger-and-john-christie

photograph of whale ivory necklance

Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific

  • 15 October 2016 — 12 February 2017

The most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji and Fijian art ever assembled, Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific will highlight exceptional collections from the UK and elsewhere, including the Fiji Museum.

The exhibition will bring together beautiful historic objects such as wood sculpture, bowls, canoes, weapons, large painted barkcloths
and newly crafted objects made of shell and whale ivory, as well as examples of contemporary art.

Continuity of artistic practice in Fijiwill be explored. Among the highlights will be a specially commissioned 26-ft sailing canoe and barkcloth wedding dresses. Over 250 objects, paintings, drawings and historic photographs will celebrate Fijian creativity and the important place of art in Fijian culture.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://scva.ac.uk/art-and-artists/exhibitions/fiji-art-and-life-in-the-pacific

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
University of East Anglia
Norwich
Norfolk
NR4 7TJ
England

Website

www.scva.ac.uk

E-mail

scva@uea.ac.uk

Telephone

01603 593199

Fax

01603 591053

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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