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

5 Events listed

Maya Balcioglu and Stuart Brisley The Cenotaph Project, 1987-1991,  Courtesy of the Artists
28.03.14 - 27.07.14Exhibition ends tomorrow

Monument: Aftermath of War and Conflict


John Cornu Sitting on the Fence, 2011. Courtesy of the artist
14.06.14 - 03.08.14Exhibition ends in 8 days

Monument: Aftermath of War and Conflict (The Undercroft)


John Virtue (1947), No. 8, 2011-2013, Acrylic on canvas, h. 1828.8 x w. 5486.4mm. Photo: Pete Huggins
26.04.14 - 24.08.14Exhibition ends in 29 days

John Virtue: The Sea


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 141 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 246 days

Henri Matisse Sculpture: The Backs