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Winter at The Sainsbury Centre

Exhibitions and events at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts this season.


Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

Damien Hirst.

Dates: 12 September – 24 January 2016
Price: £12 / £10.50 concessions. Art Fund and other concessions available
Tickets: ONLINE / 01603 593199

The exhibition presents the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol, Arman, Peter Blake, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Sol LeWitt, Martin Parr, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Pae White.

While many of the participating artists are recognised internationally, their collections are often private and less well known, and the majority have never been seen in the UK before this major exhibition.

Their collections range from mass- produced memorabilia to rare art and artefacts and from natural history specimens to curios and objects reflecting popular culture. These extraordinary collections help reveal the creative processes of some of the most important artists of the last 50 years.

More information here.

Tony Birks: A Passion for Pots

9 May – 15 November 2015
Price: Free

Birks’ obsession with pottery helped him accrue over many years, British, American and European pots, including early and rare examples by Mick Casson, Ewen Henderson, Gordon Baldwin, Andrew Lord, Anthony Hepburn, Richard Batterham, Claude Champy, Takeshi Yasuda and Robin Welch.

The sensibility that comes through is that of a man deeply interested in ceramics as a vehicle for abstract form and surface.

More information here.

Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty

Reverie - 1897 - Mucha.

7 November – 20 March 2016
Price: £7 / £6 concessions. Other concessions including Art Fund available.

Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) is one of the most celebrated artists of the fin-de-siècle. Rising to international fame with his elegant designs for decorative panels, and stunning advertising posters,

‘le style Mucha’ became synonymous with Art Nouveau. The show will include over 60 works drawn primarily from the collection of the Mucha Trust, including posters, drawings, paintings and photographs. The Sainsbury Centre is proud to be working with the Mucha Foundation on this exhibition.

More information here.

Magnificent Obsessions Events Programme

Exhibition Tour with Curator Lydia Yee

Friday 23 October
Where: Exhibition Galleries
Price: £6/£4 plus exhibition ticket
Booking: 01603 593199

Join Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector curator, Lydia Yee, for a tour of the exhibition to find out more about the personal collections and the artworks of the featured artists.

Cookie Jars from the collection by Andy Warhol.

Magnificent Family Day: World Collections

Sunday 25 October
Price: £1 suggested donation

Our Black History Month family festival is back!

Join us this year for an afternoon of magnificent fun exploring objects and collections from around the world! Take part in a series of creative activities led by artists, musicians and the Sainsbury Centre education team and discover the wonderful world of collections and collecting!

In collaboration with Black History Month.

Exhibition Tour with Viktor Wynd

Friday 27 November
Price: £6 / £4 plus exhibition ticket
Booking: 01603 593199

Join artist and collector Viktor Wynd, proprietor of The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, for a special tour of Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, and discover more about the wonderful world of collecting.

Artist Study Afternoon: Creative Collections

Friday 4 December
Price: £6 / £4, free places available for students
Booking: Essential, call 01603 593199

This study afternoon will explore the relationship between collecting and creativity. Artists will introduce their personal collections – how they acquire, live and work with their collections – before opening up discussion to consider the reasons why artists collect, and the relationship between their collections and their creative practices.

The panel will include award winning film director Guy Myhill, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at NUA Dr Krzysztof Fijalkowski, artist and Senior Tutor in Textiles at the Royal College of Art Freddie Robins, whose most recent work has incorporated found and inherited objects, and Zoe Mendelson, author of This Mess is a Place: A Collapsible Anthology of Collections and Clutter.

Family Friendly


Fridays: 18 September, 16 October, 20 November

Price: £8, £6 concessions, free for accompanying adults
Booking: 01603 593199

Pre-school children and their parents or carers can enjoy playing together in these multi-sensory workshop sessions led by artists. Each month we explore a different theme, and link it to the Collection or an exhibition. Explore the gallery and your own imagination: experiment with lots of different materials, create a huge drawing, build immersive installations, construct a tall tower, sing, dance, go on an adventure…

Activities change each session see for more details.

Sunday Studio

Sundays: 6 September, 4 October, 1 November, 6 December
2–4pm, drop-in
Price: Free, donations welcome

As part of our Sainsbury Centre Sundays we open the doors of our Studio and invite young children and their families to come and make their own artwork. Each month a different artist leads a workshop activity based on an idea or theme taken from the Sainsbury Collection. You can try using different materials, learn new skills, and develop your creativity, all in a relaxed and friendly environment. Help us transform the space with a large collaborative sculpture, or make your own personal creation to take home with you.

Activities are different each month,

October Half-term: Object in Focus

Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November
Price: £1 suggested donation
Booking: Not required, drop in any time

During the school holidays we offer activities for families to do together. Enjoy treasure hunts and creative activities inspired by objects in our collections, in a booklet packed with fun facts, drawing and trails for you to do in the galleries and when you get home.

Opening times

Tuesday – Thursday, 10am-6pm
Friday, 10am-9pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am-5pm

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ.

Tel: 01603 593199

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