As a higher education gallery, we are committed to supporting the wider research community, providing a dynamic hub for generating, disseminating, sharing and testing research relating to our collections, exhibitions, archives, building, and/or gallery practices.


We have an open access policy to our collections and archives. You can browse our digital collection, visit our free permanent collection, and request to view items not on display.

Our own research

At the Sainsbury Centre, the work of the curation, conservation and learning teams is underpinned by research, and many of our staff are active in producing scholarly articles, papers, catalogues and monographs. Staff research interests include:

  • Art Deco
  • Art Nouveau
  • Post-War and Contemporary Sculpture 
  • Sculptors’ Drawings 
  • Women Artists
  • Early Years Learning in Galleries and Museums

How we collaborate with researchers

Where capacity allows, we are interested in collaborating with other researchers (including post-graduate researchers) on our exhibitions, displays and public programmes. This allows us to generate new lines of inquiry in and through our gallery practice and, in turn, to amplify the reach and impact of research in the public realm.

To start a conversation about a collaborative project idea, please submit an initial expression of interest. Forms are available via this link.

Testing and trialling your research

We are always interested to hear from researchers who would like to use us as a test bed to conduct experiments and trial their research in a gallery context.  

Our learning team also work with a wide range of communities through their socially engaged outreach work, and this is another area where we are keen to collaborate with researchers who are interested in community-based and participatory research practices.

For all requests relating to accessing the collection, archives and images, contact our Senior Gallery Registrar, Taz Chappell:

To test and trial your research, contact our Head of Learning, Kate Dunton: