Teachers & lecturers
Work with specialists in our Learning team to devise bespoke learning opportunities for you and your students, whatever the subject and level of study
Schools & colleges
Bring your students to meet the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection of art and objects from across the world, spanning 5000 years of human creativity. From Tuesday – Friday, we welcome students to share ideas, to ask questions and to work with local artist educators in the galleries, Sculpture Park and studio. We believe that taking a hands-on approach develops creative thinking, critical analysis and active learning.
The Schools Programme works in partnership with UEA Outreach to enable widened access to exhibitions and artist-led activity in a University gallery.
We work with students of all ages. We always create opportunities for play, experimentation, reflection and debate.
See examples of our work in practice here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sainsburycentre/albums
We adapt our activities and themes to suit the needs of learners from schools and colleges, but here are some examples of what we can develop with you:
- Sustained looking at artworks and objects using students’ and teachers’ own knowledge and life experience as a starting point
- Finding your feet/ taking up space in the students’ local gallery, and introducing the idea of visiting outside of school groups
- Open-ended, enquiry-based group discussion in front of art works and objects, led by the team or self-guided with resources
- Facilitated object handling, exploring through touch
- Working alongside gallery learning specialists and local artist educators in the galleries and in the studio
- Hands on, opened-ended practical making (art/ performance/ writing/ music) which grow from ideas sparked by the collection. Led by an artist – exploring multiple and/or collaborative outcomes
- Group reflection on what was exciting, what was challenging and how we could take ideas further. Taking a step back – how did we, as learners, react to the experiences and activities
Themes & topics
Once you have an idea of the activities and topics for your visit, our schools team can work with you to shape and structure your time onsite at the Centre, or to develop this into a larger integrated project or programme
Get in touch with our schools team:
School & outreach programme update
Schools & colleges
After 18 months of online and offsite activity with schools and colleges, it is wonderful to see the galleries buzzing once again with students drawing, sharing ideas and questions. What is on offer for schools? Groups of students of all ages are welcome to visit the Living Area, exhibitions and Sculpture Park. To find out what that visit could look like, open our Visit Guidelines here.
We are excited to share our new workshop menu here for Autumn and Spring term. The workshops span climate change with Kate Munro, Gaia the Greek goddess with Ian Brownlie, anthotype sun printing with Genevieve Rudd and exploring the galleries through scrunching, pleating and folding paper with Hannelore Smith.
Email email@example.com to start the conversation about bringing your students to the gallery, we look forward to meeting you soon.
UEA Outreach Partnership
The Sainsbury Centre continues its partnership with UEA Outreach through inviting groups of students into the University gallery to meet artists and PhD students, to develop confidence in HE spaces, and to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Talk to your UEA Outreach officer about visiting the Sainsbury Centre as part of your student’s Widening Participation programme, or get in touch directly to see if your student group is eligible for funded activity.
From one-off formative sessions to core modules, we co-design innovative learning initiatives with lecturers across disciplines including: medicine, photography, nursing and midwifery, creative writing, modern languages, physics, robotics, education, mathematics and psychology, as well as with central supporters of student learning. We believe that object handling and direct observation develops independent and active learning alongside creative and divergent thinking.
As a starting point for your research, here are some possible activities and suggested topics that drive our approach to students’ engagement with the collection. As we always work closely with lecturers these are indicative rather than exhaustive:
- Sustained looking at artworks and objects
- Open-ended questioning to elicit ideas, test and evidence opinions, and generate new questions
- Facilitated object handling, exploring through touch
- Examination of contextual material, including primary and secondary sources, to answer and refine questions
- Reflective discussion to highlight the validity of multiple viewpoints, the process of consensus building, and the challenges and rewards of dealing with ambiguity and complexity
- Creative making activities – including fiction, photography, ceramics, drawing, and textiles – to develop lines of inquiry through material play, experimentation, and design-thinking
- Reflective ‘debriefs’ exploring the links between learning in the gallery and discipline-based ideas, concepts, ways of thinking, and practice
Themes and topics
- The human body
- Man and nature
- Motherhood and fertility
- Death and ritual
- Visualising/interpreting inner states
- Pattern, colour and light
- Materials and materiality
- World regions: Africa; Europe; Native North America; Pacific; Latin America; Asia
- Time periods: Pre-Columbian; European, Asian and Egyptian antiquity; European Modernism; Contemporary
- Utility and ornament
- Gender and sexuality
- Faith and belief
- Power and conflict
- Borders and migration
- Aesthetics v Ethnography
Working with Artists
We have made the difficult decision not to offer any studio workshops this term, but we are delighted to share our new range of artist-designed resources with you. We are building up an exciting selection of things for students of all ages and levels, presenting ideas for exploring and responding to our collections. We will be continuing to add these to our resources and Online Studio pages over the next few weeks, so keep checking back.
Whilst our building was closed to the public we took the opportunity to create a virtual reality version of our main galleries. These Virtual Galleries are a great tool for visit planning, preparation, and follow-up, or even as an alternative to an actual school trip. You can wander around and see the objects in 3D, displayed alongside others, and choose to click to open up additional content should you wish. Whilst this resource is in development, it is available exclusively to schools – please contact us for a password to take a look.
Self-directed group visits
You are welcome to self-direct your student group visit to the Sainsbury Centre. Entry is free to the permanent collection. UEA and NUA students access all our exhibitions for free.
Don’t forget our Sculpture Park which includes works by Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Elisabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick and provides an opportunity for exploring art outdoors set amongst the landscape and architecture of the University. Ask at the main gallery reception for a Sculpture Park trail map or download it here.
Pre-booking is required for all group visits. We can welcome groups of up to 30 students maximum, and it will be necessary to split into smaller groups of 6 people when inside the gallery.
The galleries are still working at a reduced capacity, so we may need to ask you for alternative dates or times. We will be asking visitors to follow the Covid-19 safety measures in place at the time of visiting.
To enquire about bringing your students, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
University of East Anglia Outreach
This summer we will be offering artist-led sessions exclusively to University of East Anglia Outreach priority secondary schools and colleges. These will take place outside in the Sculpture Park, and online using our Virtual Galleries. These can be built into a full day experience or mini-project, or we could fit a virtual tour into a single lesson. These sessions will be FREE of charge to eligible schools. Please contact us for more details.
We run free, artist-led INSET events for teachers and develop bespoke training sessions for your school. Whether for a single department, school wide or for an academy cluster, get in touch to discuss options around holding INSET training at the Sainsbury Centre.
Keep an eye out for more dates coming soon.