Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is a Norman Foster building where you can see brilliant art work for free.

With a cafe and restaurant you can easily make this a lengthly visit to ensure you see it all! You can even purchase a curious gift for a friend from the gallery. 

Open times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm, closed Mondays (including bank holidays) 

Some History

Designed between 1974 and 1976 and opened in 1978, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts was Norman Foster’s first major public building. He was approached by Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury to design an appropriate building to house both the collection which they had gifted to the University in 1973 and the School of Fine Art (now the School of World Art Studies and Museology). 

Located on a sloping east-west site close to the River Yare at the extreme edge of the campus, the 1978 building consists of the Living Area, which houses the permanent display of the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection; a temporary exhibition space; the entrance Conservatory, with a gallery café; the School of World Art Studies and Museology; a large restaurant; the Robert Sainsbury Library and two mezzanines, used respectively for study areas and for the display of collections including the University of East Anglia Collection of Abstract and Constructivist Art Architecture and Design.

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