Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ United Kingdom
T. 01603 593199

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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), Norwich.

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

Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury were passionate collectors. The collection reflects their friendships with artists such as Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. It also inlcudes works by Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas and Amedeo Modigliani. Many of these artists drew their inspiration from world art, a fascination for which they shared with the Sainsburys.

Other works reflect the Sainsburys' instinctive response to sculptural form, an interest in contemporary painting and enthusiasm for studio ceramics.

Current and forthcoming events

12 Events listed

Maurice Bouval (1863-1916) Sommeil ou La Femme aux Pavots (Sleep or  Woman with Poppies), 1900 Gilt bronze on marble base, 45 x 26 x 18 cm Arwas Archives. Photo: Pete Huggins
14.02.14 - 14.12.14Exhibition ends in 84 days

Sense and Sensuality: Art Nouveau 1890-1914


Henri Matisse Back I  Nu de dos I c.1909 10, cast 1955 6 Bronze 1899 x 1168 x 184 mm © Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2014.
29.03.14 - 29.03.15Exhibition ends in 189 days

Henri Matisse Sculpture: The Backs


Philip Harris S.P Behind a Glass Door  2001. Oil on linen 132 x 305 cm (unframed). © Reserved by the artist.  Photograph: John Jones.
27.09.14 - 01.03.15Exhibition begins in 6 days

REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting


Chris Stevens, Espirit de Corps, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.
09.10.14 - 09.10.14Talk begins in 18 days

Gwen Hardie in conversation with Chris Stevens


18.10.14 - 19.10.14Event begins in 27 days

Living with Me in Residence


Mamadou Gomis
21.10.14 - 01.01.15Exhibition begins in 30 days

Points of Departure: Photography of African Migrations


Excavations at Kargui
21.10.14 - 01.02.15Art Fair begins in 30 days

Crossroads of Empires: Archaeology in West Africa


Photo: Andi Sapey
23.10.14 - 23.10.14Talk begins in 32 days

Thursday Lunchtime Talk


25.10.14 - 02.11.14Workshop begins in 34 days

Object in Focus - October half-term


30.10.14 - 30.10.14Workshop begins in 39 days

Big Draw


Textiles commissioned as part of the Crossroads of Empires project
04.11.14 - 04.11.14Event begins in 44 days

Searching for West Africa: Sainsbury Research Unit Library Finds


Chris Stevens The Age of Reason or Salem's Lot 2011. Oil on canvas. 170 x 180 cm © Chris Stevens
15.11.14 - 16.11.14Workshop begins in 55 days

Masterclass Weekend for Students