The Sainsbury Centre will re-open when Covid restrictions allow -
see www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk for details
About the Sainsbury Centre
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is one of the most important public university art galleries in Britain. It was founded in 1973 at the University of East Anglia (UEA) with the support of one of the nation’s great philanthropic families, Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury who donated their extraordinary art collection which includes works dating from prehistory to the late twentieth century from across the globe. A radical new building by Norman Foster was designed to house the collection and was his first public work.
The Sainsbury Permanent Collection
The Sainsbury Centre holds one of the most impressive art collections outside of the national institutions. It includes a significant number of works by modern masters of European art such as Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Jacob Epstein, Jean Arp, Chaïm Soutine and Amedeo Modigliani. There is also a remarkable collection of art and antiquities dating from prehistory to the late twentieth century from across the globe. There are major holdings from Oceania, Africa, the Americas, Asia, the ancient Mediterranean cultures of Egypt, Greece and Rome, as well as Medieval Europe. Alongside these permanent collections, it hosts a range of exhibitions in the largest suite of temporary exhibitions galleries in Eastern England.
The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau
The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau is considered one of the most important private collections of Art Nouveau in the UK. The collection comprises of 200 works and encompasses examples of European and American Art Nouveau from about 1890 to 1905, and includes furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery and graphics.
Sir Colin and Lady Anderson were among the first British collectors of Art Nouveau. The first pieces were bought in 1960, the last in 1971. They were particularly drawn to exquisitely coloured pieces that epitomised the style with whiplash curves, botanical lines and floral motifs.
The collection includes pieces by leading exponents of Art Nouveau such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Emile Gallé and René Lalique, and significantly, other anonymous commercial pieces, giving the collection a wonderfully individual character and offers an opportunity for an exploration of Art Nouveau as both design and manufacture.
The Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park
Over the last few years, the Sainsbury Centre has acquired works to create a notable sculpture park in the grounds of UEA including Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Elisabeth Frink, Lynn Chadwick and Laurence Edwards. The sculpture park is open during the Covid lockdown and free to anyone visiting the UEA grounds and Earlham Park
The Sainsbury Centre is set in the grounds of the University of East Anglia, Norwich
University of East Anglia,
Norfolk Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ
Box office Monday – Friday 9am-5pm
T: 01603 593199
Free admission – some exhibitions and events will be charged separately
Opening times – Currently closed
Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays, including bank holidays
Concessions 50% off for under 18s, full-time students and Art Fund Members FREE for Sainsbury Centre Members, UEA and NUA Student Members
Visit sainsburycentre.ac.uk or call 01603 593199 (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm)