The Sainsbury Centre 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. They donated their extraordinary art collection, which includes works dating from prehistory to the late 20th 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 Centre holds one of the most impressive art collections outside of the national institutions, which is completely free to view. 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. Alongside these permanent collections, it hosts a range of exhibitions in the largest suite of temporary exhibition galleries in Eastern England.
Visitors can also enjoy free entry to the Centre’s shop, two cafes and Sculpture Park. Set within the 350 acres of parkland featuring outstanding art, architecture and natural beauty, it is open daily during daylight for all ages to enjoy. The Sculpture Park includes important works by notable artists such as Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink, Lynn Chadwick, Liliane Lijn and Antony Gormley.
As well as formal sculpture gardens, the Park offers the tranquillity of the Broad and Yare river valley and striking views of the UEA’s urban modernist architecture, designed by leading architects such as Norman Foster, Denys Lasdun and Rick Mather. The perfect contrast of modernity and nature.
Discover the Centre’s award-winning learning programme of talks, lectures and art workshops for all ages, plus free creative activities in Online Studio. There’s more to explore at the Sainsbury Centre.
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