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Exhibition:Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

  • Norfolk Tourist Attractions Association member

Exhibition, Fri 25 Sep - Thu 3 Dec 2020, £4-£8


Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams (detail)

Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams (detail)

Photo credit: Andy Crouch

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This exhibition will examine the spectacular, and controversial vision of art practice that raged across the Western world from the end of the 19th century: Art Nouveau.

The role of nature will be another key focus of the exhibition. The common theme of translating plants into patterns will be explored as a defining feature of the modern style. Art and objects will represent Art Nouveau from different countries, where it appeared characterised as flowing, tensile line, and dramatic movement, or by organic imagery combined with an informal geometry.

Artists and designers will include René Lalique, Edgar Degas, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, William Morris; Alphonse Mucha and Gabriel Dante Rossetti.

The exhibition will be curated by Professor Paul Greenhalgh. It will contain over 150 works of varying sizes, and will be accompanied by a substantial catalogue.

Access Information

– Click here to download a large print guide for the exhibition.

– For those unable to access the Mezzanine staircase, watch our Art Nouveau film here and see more of the key objects featured in the exhibition here.

*Please note: The Sainsbury Centre is accessible to disabled visitors including those with limited mobility and those accompanying them, with the exception of the Mezzanine Gallery where this exhibition is displayed.

The Sainsbury Centre is a Grade II* Listed building. Due to Fire Safety regulations, we regret we are unable to allow visitors access to the Mezzanine Gallery who are unable to independently navigate the steep spiral staircase in the event of an evacuation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

A short film will be available to view in the Centre and online for those unable to visit the exhibition in person.

To ensure visitor safety, you are required to wear a face covering

Due to restricted numbers in the gallery, we are not able to accommodate group visits at this time

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landing

Children welcome

The Fire and Rescue Service have advised us that the Mezzanine Gallery is not open to those who cannot independently navigate the steep spiral staircase.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 25 Sep - Thu 3 Dec 2020 09:30 to 17:00
Last admission: 4.30pm

Closed: Mondays including bank holidays, during Christmas (24-28 December) and New Years Day (1 January)


FREE for Members and UEA and Student Members

Concessions available

50% for under 18's, full-time students & Art Fund Members
Tickets must be pre-booked before arrival, your time slot indicates the time you need to arrive at the Centre

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 25 Sep - Thu 3 Dec Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams


University of East Anglia,


See location of Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TG 193081  Lat: 52.62687 Long: 1.23988

Situated off the B1108. Follow signs to UEA. Once on campus follow signs to the Sainsbury Centre. There is a free car park opposite. Go to main gallery reception for your free parking permit except on Monday when go to the security desk.

By Public Transport:
From the city centre and Norwich railway station take the Number 25 bus.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Norwich station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

The Fire and Rescue Service have advised us that the Mezzanine Gallery is not open to those who cannot independently navigate the steep spiral staircase.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance