22 Jun 2010 – 29 Aug 2010

Event times

Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm. Closed on Mondays

Cost of entry

Combined admission to summer exhibitions: £4, concessions £2, family admission £8, concessions £6

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Norwich, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus numbers 25, 25a and x25 run from Norwich city centre to UEA ' ask for the Sainsbury Centre stop. Park & Ride service 604 runs Monday to Friday to the main UEA bus stop.

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This exhibition brings together prehistoric ceramic figurines from the Balkans and Japan for the first time. Over 100 figurines from Albania, Macedonia, Japan, Romania and the UK will be on display. These will include ornate Jomon figurines (known as dogu


unearthed offers you the opportunity to get up close to these tiny, enigmatic figurines and to consider some of the mysteries of these ancient objects. Why were village dwellers in two unconnected regions making human forms from clay? Why were figurines commonly broken? What were they used for? What was their significance? How do they inform our understanding of early art? The exhibition poses these and other unresolved questions for art and archaeology. unearthed challenges us to think more widely about figurines and the expression of the human form. This is explored with a series of contemporary artworks and images, including photographs and animations. Collect your biscuit-fired figurine made by artist Sue Maufe from (with your ticket, subject to availability) and experience the tactile quality of the objects you will see in on display. The exhibition is accompanied by a book, distributed by Oxbow Books, which is available from the Sainsbury Centre Gallery Shop. unearthed is curated by Professor Douglass Bailey (San Francisco State University), Dr Andrew Cochrane (University of East Anglia) and Dr Simon Kaner (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures).


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