Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Norwich, United Kingdom


  • University of East Anglia
  • Norwich NR4 7TJ
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

Tuesday - Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

Closed on Mondays, including bank holidays.

Travel Information

Bus: 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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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.

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