Sainsbury Centre

Sainsbury Centre An inspirational free art gallery where you can see outstanding art, objects and exhibitions. Please note all general enquiries on social media are answered 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
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Free entrance to our permanent collection, shop, cafe and sculpture park. Charges apply for special exhibitions.

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In the upcoming 'Saturday Studio: EveryBODY' on 10 July, join Paul Patrick Fenner in the Sculpture Park, where we will e...
22/06/2021

In the upcoming 'Saturday Studio: EveryBODY' on 10 July, join Paul Patrick Fenner in the Sculpture Park, where we will explore the shapes that our bodies can make and create life sized portraits from card.

This workshop is aimed at 5-11 year olds, but the whole family are welcome, and encouraged to take part together.

Suggested donation £5 (per 5-11 year old), book now: http://ow.ly/Lpcl50FbIQn

Photo: Pete Huggins

In the upcoming 'Saturday Studio: EveryBODY' on 10 July, join Paul Patrick Fenner in the Sculpture Park, where we will explore the shapes that our bodies can make and create life sized portraits from card.

This workshop is aimed at 5-11 year olds, but the whole family are welcome, and encouraged to take part together.

Suggested donation £5 (per 5-11 year old), book now: http://ow.ly/Lpcl50FbIQn

Photo: Pete Huggins

Get the most out of the Sainsbury Centre with annual membership. Take advantage of unlimited free entry to all of our ex...
21/06/2021

Get the most out of the Sainsbury Centre with annual membership. Take advantage of unlimited free entry to all of our exhibitions, priority booking and exclusive preview days, as well as free entry for up to two children, all for only £50 a year. Find out more about our membership options here: http://ow.ly/E7T550FcpkV

Design: Lily Alden

Get the most out of the Sainsbury Centre with annual membership. Take advantage of unlimited free entry to all of our exhibitions, priority booking and exclusive preview days, as well as free entry for up to two children, all for only £50 a year. Find out more about our membership options here: http://ow.ly/E7T550FcpkV

Design: Lily Alden

Our next Outdoor Family Sunday's theme is: Body Transformations on Sunday 4 July, 1-3pm. Transform your body with artist...
18/06/2021

Our next Outdoor Family Sunday's theme is: Body Transformations on Sunday 4 July, 1-3pm.

Transform your body with artists Kaitlin Ferguson and Francesca Cant. Lengthen your limbs, elongate your elbows and draw out your digits using the materials provided and then make your presence felt in the Sculpture Park by posing and performing with artworks by Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink, and more!

Book your FREE place here: http://ow.ly/Cp2t50FbGie

Our next Outdoor Family Sunday's theme is: Body Transformations on Sunday 4 July, 1-3pm.

Transform your body with artists Kaitlin Ferguson and Francesca Cant. Lengthen your limbs, elongate your elbows and draw out your digits using the materials provided and then make your presence felt in the Sculpture Park by posing and performing with artworks by Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink, and more!

Book your FREE place here: http://ow.ly/Cp2t50FbGie

Visit Sethembile Msezane's new work, Nibizwa Ngabangcwele, which translates from isiZulu as ‘you are being called or sum...
17/06/2021

Visit Sethembile Msezane's new work, Nibizwa Ngabangcwele, which translates from isiZulu as ‘you are being called or summoned by your ancestors’.

Inspired by a Zulu carved s***f spoon from the Sainsbury Centre Collection, the work explores the magic of s***f, a traditional medicine that also operates as a spiritual connector in several South African cultures. Through the piece, Msezane thins the veil between the lives of the living and the wisdom of those that came before.

Free to view in the East End Gallery until 31 October 2021.

Images: Nibizwa Ngabangcwele, 2021 © Sethembile Msezane. Installation photo credit: Andy Crouch

New Perspectives Episode 03 is here! Carol Jacobi is an art historian and a curator at Tate Britain and has recently pub...
16/06/2021

New Perspectives Episode 03 is here! Carol Jacobi is an art historian and a curator at Tate Britain and has recently published Out of the cage, the art of Isabel Rawsthorne. Carol has chosen to ask, ‘When Francis Bacon painted Isabel Rawsthorne, who did he see?’, with regard to Three Studies for a Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne.

Listen now: https://www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk/new-perspectives/

New Perspectives Episode 03 is here! Carol Jacobi is an art historian and a curator at Tate Britain and has recently published Out of the cage, the art of Isabel Rawsthorne. Carol has chosen to ask, ‘When Francis Bacon painted Isabel Rawsthorne, who did he see?’, with regard to Three Studies for a Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne.

Listen now: https://www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk/new-perspectives/

A couple of weekends ago we hosted an Outdoor Family Sunday in the Sculpture Park on the theme of light and space! Here ...
15/06/2021

A couple of weekends ago we hosted an Outdoor Family Sunday in the Sculpture Park on the theme of light and space! Here are some of the things our participants said:

🚀‘We have been talking all morning about the materials a rocket might need’

🚀‘My rocket’s zoomy look at it go!’

🚀‘Can you come in the secret tunnel [vegetation room!] with me?’

Keep an eye on our What's On page to discover future events like these: http://ow.ly/CGWx50F7f9V

Our Chief Curator of Art Tania Moore discusses the important acquisition of The Original Nine Daughters (2012), a series...
14/06/2021

Our Chief Curator of Art Tania Moore discusses the important acquisition of The Original Nine Daughters (2012), a series of prints by Wangechi Mutu, to the Sainsbury Centre collection. The work has been acquired as part of the Art Fund New Collecting Awards.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/sainsbury-centre/new-collecting-award-wangechi-mutu

Image: The Original Nine Daughters, 2012 © Wangechi Mutu

Our Chief Curator of Art Tania Moore discusses the important acquisition of The Original Nine Daughters (2012), a series of prints by Wangechi Mutu, to the Sainsbury Centre collection. The work has been acquired as part of the Art Fund New Collecting Awards.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/sainsbury-centre/new-collecting-award-wangechi-mutu

Image: The Original Nine Daughters, 2012 © Wangechi Mutu

Coming up in July, Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland. Ikemura presents 50 works that span three decades of her career. ...
11/06/2021

Coming up in July, Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland. Ikemura presents 50 works that span three decades of her career. The exhibition’s dominant theme is the connectivity of all aspects of nature, be it human, animal, plant or mineral, in an eternal circle of life.

Through her fantastical figures and primeval landscapes, Ikemura explores fragility, transience and slow evolutionary change – choosing to address environmental issues from an empathetic, global perspective.

On show 18 July -12 December 2021. Book your ticket now: http://ow.ly/VcXd50F30rp

Please note, the exhibition dates have changed, if you have booked a ticket for a date prior to 18 July, please contact [email protected] to amend your booking.

Image: Yellow Figure with Hummingbird, Leiko Ikemura, pi2020 © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild Kunst 2021

Coming up in July, Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland. Ikemura presents 50 works that span three decades of her career. The exhibition’s dominant theme is the connectivity of all aspects of nature, be it human, animal, plant or mineral, in an eternal circle of life.

Through her fantastical figures and primeval landscapes, Ikemura explores fragility, transience and slow evolutionary change – choosing to address environmental issues from an empathetic, global perspective.

On show 18 July -12 December 2021. Book your ticket now: http://ow.ly/VcXd50F30rp

Please note, the exhibition dates have changed, if you have booked a ticket for a date prior to 18 July, please contact [email protected] to amend your booking.

Image: Yellow Figure with Hummingbird, Leiko Ikemura, pi2020 © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild Kunst 2021

Stretch your legs with a walk around the Sculpture Park and discover wildlife, art and architecture. Our Sculpture Park ...
10/06/2021

Stretch your legs with a walk around the Sculpture Park and discover wildlife, art and architecture. Our Sculpture Park is open and free to visit every day plus there is free parking subject to availability.

Find your way around, download our map here: http://ow.ly/DKg350F2Z7A

Photo: Andy Crouch

Stretch your legs with a walk around the Sculpture Park and discover wildlife, art and architecture. Our Sculpture Park is open and free to visit every day plus there is free parking subject to availability.

Find your way around, download our map here: http://ow.ly/DKg350F2Z7A

Photo: Andy Crouch

The photographer Bill Brandt and the sculptor Henry Moore first met during the Second World War, when they both created ...
09/06/2021

The photographer Bill Brandt and the sculptor Henry Moore first met during the Second World War, when they both created images of civilians sheltering from the Blitz in the London Underground. These photographs by Brandt and drawings by Moore have become some of the most iconic images of the period. This exhibition explores their shared subjects including coal miners and their families, Stonehenge, and the body presented as landscape.

Book your tickets to Bill Brandt I Henry Moore now: https://www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk/whats-on/bill-brandt-henry-moore/

The photographer Bill Brandt and the sculptor Henry Moore first met during the Second World War, when they both created images of civilians sheltering from the Blitz in the London Underground. These photographs by Brandt and drawings by Moore have become some of the most iconic images of the period. This exhibition explores their shared subjects including coal miners and their families, Stonehenge, and the body presented as landscape.

Book your tickets to Bill Brandt I Henry Moore now: https://www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk/whats-on/bill-brandt-henry-moore/

'Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom' takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless...
08/06/2021

'Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom' takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and image-makers have employed floral motifs throughout history.

From art, botanical illustrations, and sculptures to floral arrangements, film stills, and textiles, 'Flower' follows a visually stunning sequence with works, regardless of period, thoughtfully paired to allow interesting and revealing juxtapositions.

Shop here: http://ow.ly/wEhv50F2XQl

'Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom' takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and image-makers have employed floral motifs throughout history.

From art, botanical illustrations, and sculptures to floral arrangements, film stills, and textiles, 'Flower' follows a visually stunning sequence with works, regardless of period, thoughtfully paired to allow interesting and revealing juxtapositions.

Shop here: http://ow.ly/wEhv50F2XQl

In the East End Gallery, see a retrospective of works by ceramicist Martin Smith.Smith’s ceramic practice examines the f...
07/06/2021

In the East End Gallery, see a retrospective of works by ceramicist Martin Smith.

Smith’s ceramic practice examines the formal and spatial qualities of the vessel and ideas of containment. He deliberately subverts our expectations of a functioning pot through distortion of physical plains and volumes.

Although the objects appear thoroughly modern, with suggestions of Minimalism and Conceptualism, Smith’s inspiration is far-reaching, across medium and time. Influences such as Classical and Renaissance architecture and 18th century Dutch painting result in examinations of visual storytelling, illusory perspective and geometry.

Free to view, no need to buy a ticket: http://ow.ly/bz5450F2U4u

In the East End Gallery, see a retrospective of works by ceramicist Martin Smith.

Smith’s ceramic practice examines the formal and spatial qualities of the vessel and ideas of containment. He deliberately subverts our expectations of a functioning pot through distortion of physical plains and volumes.

Although the objects appear thoroughly modern, with suggestions of Minimalism and Conceptualism, Smith’s inspiration is far-reaching, across medium and time. Influences such as Classical and Renaissance architecture and 18th century Dutch painting result in examinations of visual storytelling, illusory perspective and geometry.

Free to view, no need to buy a ticket: http://ow.ly/bz5450F2U4u

On display from tomorrow in the East End Gallery, see new work by artist Sethembile Msezane following her residency with...
04/06/2021

On display from tomorrow in the East End Gallery, see new work by artist Sethembile Msezane following her residency with the Sainsbury Centre and the Sainsbury Research Unit.

Comprising of video and installation, with s***f powder blended into waxen limbs emerging from a sand-swept landscape, this whimsical exhibition explores the magic of s***f, a traditional medicine that also operates as a spiritual connector in several South African cultures.

Titled Nibizwa Ngabangcwele – which translates from isiZulu as ‘you are being called or summoned by your ancestors’ – the work urges the viewer to embrace their gifts and tools in spiritually restoring the legacies and African knowledge systems that were eradicated by colonialism.

Nibizwa Ngabangcwele is free to see until 31 October 2021. Find out more: http://ow.ly/5LOl50F1Y2t

Funded by the UEA Global Talent Fellowship and supported by Dr Alison Dow.

Image: Still from Nibizwa Ngabangcwele © Sethembile Msezane

On display from tomorrow in the East End Gallery, see new work by artist Sethembile Msezane following her residency with the Sainsbury Centre and the Sainsbury Research Unit.

Comprising of video and installation, with s***f powder blended into waxen limbs emerging from a sand-swept landscape, this whimsical exhibition explores the magic of s***f, a traditional medicine that also operates as a spiritual connector in several South African cultures.

Titled Nibizwa Ngabangcwele – which translates from isiZulu as ‘you are being called or summoned by your ancestors’ – the work urges the viewer to embrace their gifts and tools in spiritually restoring the legacies and African knowledge systems that were eradicated by colonialism.

Nibizwa Ngabangcwele is free to see until 31 October 2021. Find out more: http://ow.ly/5LOl50F1Y2t

Funded by the UEA Global Talent Fellowship and supported by Dr Alison Dow.

Image: Still from Nibizwa Ngabangcwele © Sethembile Msezane

We are pleased to announce that from Tuesday 8 June we will be offering one free guided tour per day at 2pm. Each tour i...
03/06/2021

We are pleased to announce that from Tuesday 8 June we will be offering one free guided tour per day at 2pm. Each tour is limited to 5 visitors only whilst we remain within the rule of 6. To take part in a tour, please sign up at the front desk before 2pm on the day.

*Please note, this photo was taken pre-covid. All of our gallery staff, volunteers and visitors must wear masks whilst in the Sainsbury Centre building.

We are pleased to announce that from Tuesday 8 June we will be offering one free guided tour per day at 2pm. Each tour is limited to 5 visitors only whilst we remain within the rule of 6. To take part in a tour, please sign up at the front desk before 2pm on the day.

*Please note, this photo was taken pre-covid. All of our gallery staff, volunteers and visitors must wear masks whilst in the Sainsbury Centre building.

The weather is glorious again today. If you're looking for a break away from work or your daily tasks, or are looking fo...
02/06/2021

The weather is glorious again today. If you're looking for a break away from work or your daily tasks, or are looking for something to do outdoors with the children, why not take a trip to the Sculpture Park? It's free to visit and there is lots to see and do.

Download our newly updated map here: http://ow.ly/bZPk50F0Yn7

Or for a more family orientated version, try our Sculpture Park Pocket Map here: http://ow.ly/duCz50F0Yn8

The weather is glorious again today. If you're looking for a break away from work or your daily tasks, or are looking for something to do outdoors with the children, why not take a trip to the Sculpture Park? It's free to visit and there is lots to see and do.

Download our newly updated map here: http://ow.ly/bZPk50F0Yn7

Or for a more family orientated version, try our Sculpture Park Pocket Map here: http://ow.ly/duCz50F0Yn8

During this upcoming Half Term, we are offering fun ½ day workshops for young people who would like to delve deeper into...
28/05/2021

During this upcoming Half Term, we are offering fun ½ day workshops for young people who would like to delve deeper into the wonderful artwork, architecture and natural surroundings of the Sainsbury Centre.

Taking the theme of light as inspiration, artist Ian Brownlie will guide you through a series of creative, open ended activities using movement, drawing and collage. Families will be invited to join in at the end of the morning with a picnic.

Join us for Holiday Studio: Light Fantastic on 2 June, 10am - 1.30pm (7-11 years old) or 3 June, 10am - 1.30pm (11- 14 years old).
Tickets are on a pay what you can basis (suggested donation: £10). Spaces are limited so make sure you book in advance. Booking closes 30 May.

Buy your ticket today: http://ow.ly/bPf750EPkQX

During this upcoming Half Term, we are offering fun ½ day workshops for young people who would like to delve deeper into the wonderful artwork, architecture and natural surroundings of the Sainsbury Centre.

Taking the theme of light as inspiration, artist Ian Brownlie will guide you through a series of creative, open ended activities using movement, drawing and collage. Families will be invited to join in at the end of the morning with a picnic.

Join us for Holiday Studio: Light Fantastic on 2 June, 10am - 1.30pm (7-11 years old) or 3 June, 10am - 1.30pm (11- 14 years old).
Tickets are on a pay what you can basis (suggested donation: £10). Spaces are limited so make sure you book in advance. Booking closes 30 May.

Buy your ticket today: http://ow.ly/bPf750EPkQX

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Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
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Notwithstanding that our enthusiasm and passion for the usually truly excellent Sainsbury Centre remains substantially undiminished, having visited the same on 26 August, oh dear, how underwhelmed and disappointed we were by the Art Nouveau Nature and Dream Exhibition. Such a meagre and severely limited content. Luckily we only had to travel about 25 miles each way ....... we feel for those who have come further.
Any information about the new 'head' sculpture outside the centre? Apart from it being wonderful.
Hi - I lost an iphone whilst walking around the lake today - Id anyone hands it in could you please drop me a message. Many Thanks x
One of my favourite places that I always like to visit when in the area!
A great exhibition!
Hi everyone! Our Christmas Appeal in support of #EllietheEel is live – all donations are matched/doubled until next Tuesday. Here’s our page with a lovely video https://tinyurl.com/y7mbwsnx and you can donate here https://tinyurl.com/yd7kvfne if you wish!
Is the SCVA likely to be open tomorrow morning? Am hoping so - 3 days of being housebound with a snow-hating toddler has given me cabin fever...
I visited the Faberge exhibition with my elderly friend yesterday as a treat for her, she has not been very well recently and isn't in a good place and doesn't get out an awful lot. She adores Faberge and the day cheered her up however she had a Faberge book she bought over 30years ago at the V&A. She left it, we think, in the cafe and she is desperate to find it. Please contact me if you have found it. We have contacted the lovely people at the SCVA but they haven't had it handed in. Thank you.
As part of Art of Revolution, come to this talk Tuesday 12th September 6:30pm in the Council Chamber Norwich City Hall NR2 1NH. Entrance through Bethel Street Doors
*CALL FOR ARTISTS* We would love you to share your #SenseOfPlace in our #ALIM17 art fundraiser at [email protected] this autumn. Get on board and see your work next to those of Grayson Perry, Kevin Eldon, Frank Kiely and Natasha Kidd. Deadline is 28 July, but just let us know if you need more time. Registration is open until mid-August! Your talent can help those with neurological conditions. Register here: http://bit.ly/1WkABx4 Please share with your followers!