Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
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Sainsbury Centre launches the first of its new ‘Big Question’ seasons
Planet for our Future: How do we adapt to a Transforming World?
The Sainsbury Centre is embarking on a new approach to exhibition programming, empowering art to address fundamental societal challenges building on its successful relaunch in May.
Artworks from all over the world will be travelling to the Sainsbury Centre to pose these urgent, global questions to visitors and to help them to find the answers. This is part of a radically new approach that understands art as alive and capable of engaging people with the fundamental questions of life.
The first of these new seasons kicks off in autumn 2023 with Planet for our Future. This asks one fundamental question that confronts us all: How do we adapt to a transforming world?
An interconnected programme of exhibitions, interventions, collection displays, an artist residency, museum-late, artist-led workshops, and special projects, taking place across the whole art landscape and out into neighbouring communities, will empower art to generate a living dialogue with visitors, inviting them to consider the global challenges of pollution, environmental destruction, and climate change.
The aim is to mobilise the Sainsbury Centre as a space of hope through the transformative power of art: a space where we can imagine better futures in which collective human behaviour mitigates the effects of climate change.
The Stuff of Life | The Life of Stuff
10 September 2023 – 14 January 2024
*Madi Acharya-Baskerville *El Anatsui *Mandy Barker *Karla Black *Maarten Vanden Eynde *Ayan Farah *Daiga Grantina *Romuald Hazoumè *Diana Lelonek *Ibrahim Mahama *Mary Mattingly *Fabrice Monteiro *Marlie Mul *Samara Scott *Tejal Shah *Elias Sime *Michael E. Smith *Sarah Sze *Gavin Turk
In this major international exhibition, visitors will meet artworks composed of salvaged materials, re-synthesised fragments, and e-waste. They will encounter new environmental zones, where synthetic and organic matter interact, providing a fertile ground for the invention of mythical worlds, dystopias and speculative future narratives.
These hybrid living-art entities have life stories that begin with the histories of the objects from which they have been born, and which tie them intimately to the things that construct our own sense of reality and animate our immediate environments.
Through these challenging, empathic, and creative encounters with the artworks, visitors are asked to reimagine their relationship to synthetic materials and commodities designed not-to-last, and consider who is responsible for consumption, over-production, and waste streams in modern society. Ultimately,
these artworks demonstrate the ingenuity of human creativity to re-imagine our relationships with the planet and inspire people to positively engage with our shared future.
The Stuff of Life | The Life of Stuff is curated by Vanessa Tothill, Curator at the Sainsbury Centre.
Sediment Spirit: Towards the Activation of Art in the Anthropocene
15 October 2023 – 30 March 2024
*Salvatore Arancio, *Paul Cocksedge, *Richard Deacon, Henry Driver, Ackroyd & Harvey, Karrabing Film Collective, Roelof Louw. Mario Merz, Paulo Nazareth, Tabita Rezaire, Anj Smith, Shireen Seno, Superflex Derek Tumala and Emily Young.
Curated by John Kenneth Paranada, the first Curator of Art and Climate Change at a UK museum, this exhibition brings together local and international artworks from the 1960’s to the present day which are responding to the climate crisis in all its complexities.
These provocative and interactive artworks invite audiences to view the Earth as a living and responsive being that we play an active part in sustaining. Sediment Spirit acts to remind audiences that our home is not just the house, the building, town or country we reside in, but the Earth itself.
The artworks in Sediment Spirit connect us back to the corporeal, poetic, social and visceral experience of human-made climate change. They expand our capacity to re-imagine our surroundings and how we might exist within them in more sustainable ways to provoke new ways of living, offering ways forward by providing hope and imagination.
Sediment Spirit is curated by John Kenneth Paranada, in dialogue with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and Explorers Against Extinction.
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
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