Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts


Update June 2020
The Sainsbury Centre will be reopening to the public from Tuesday 7 July, following the government’s announcement on the further easing of lockdown restrictions.

Pre-booked and timed tickets will provide visitors with socially distanced access to the hugely popular Art Deco by the Sea exhibition, which has been extended until 20 September, as well as a first look at the new show Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams (7 July – 31 December).

There will be free access to explore the extraordinary Sainsbury Collection and takeaway refreshments will be available from the Modern Life Cafe, all while stringent safety measures ensure public health guidelines are being followed at all times.

Don’t forget to enjoy outdoors too at the Sculpture Park.

The Sainsbury Centre is delighted to announce the acquisition of a significant group of works by Elizabeth Frink made possible in accordance with the wishes of the artist’s late son, Lin Jammet. The works consist of 29 sculptures and drawings, by one of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century.

Two of the works The Mirage Birds, (Mirage I and Mirage II, 1969) illustrate her work in large scale bronze have taken up residency in the Sainsbury Centre’s 350-acre Sculpture Park. They represent a more playful and abstracted form of depiction set against the watery backdrop of a Norfolk Broad.

Sainsbury Centre Head of Collections and curator of Elizabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals (a highly celebrated exhibition held at the Centre in 2018), Calvin Winner says:  

“We are delighted that a significant body of work is held in a public collection in the region of Frink’s birth. The Sainsbury Centre is perhaps best known for its holdings of sculpture from ancient times to the present day. Frink’s work will now be seen alongside some of the greatest sculpture ever made. This a is fitting tribute to one of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century.”

Pre-March 2020

Inspirational public art museum in a world-class Norman Foster building at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Set in acres of countryside by the river. Visit the spectacular Sculpture Park including by Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink and Antony Gormley. Modern art donated by Lord and Lady Sainsbury, including works by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and Edgar Degas, and world art spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. Regular special exhibitions and a programme of events day and night.

Admission free to the permanent collection with charges for ticketed special exhibitions.

Free Daily Guided Tours of the Sainsbury Collection:
Tuesday – Sunday 11am* and 2pm*
* Subject to availability.
These times may be subject to change.

Groups and school visits welcome.
Galleries fully accessible to wheelchair users.
Restaurant open Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm, lunch served midday-2.30pm.

The Sainsbury Centre can be reached by the First Buses number 25 route, which travels to and from Norwich station.

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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts