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. You will find modern European art interspersed with works from across the globe. The objects you find here span 5,000 years of human creativity. There are also special exhibitions, which change every few months, and a lively events programme featuring a range of creative activities for all ages.
Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury were passionate collections. The collection reflects their friendships with artists such as Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. It also includes 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.
The gallery café offers light lunches, coffee and cakes, which the gallery shop stocks a high-quality range of books, cards and gifts not available on the high street, inspired by world art, architecture and design.
Building and permanent collection entry free. Special exhibition admission £4, concessions £2; families £8, concessions £6; school groups £1 per child.
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Turn onto the B1108 towards Norwich city centre. After approximately 1 mile, turn right into the UEA campus (well signposted). At the porter's lodge, ask for directions to the Sainsbury Centre car park.
By Public Transport:
From Norwich station it is 3 miles to Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
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