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:

Typical activities

  • 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

  • The human body
  • Humans and nature
  • Motherhood and fertility
  • Death and ritual
  • Pattern, colour and light
  • Materials and materiality
  • Utility and ornament
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Faith and belief
  • Power and conflict
  • Borders and migration
  • Colonialism
  • World regions: Africa; Europe; Native North America; Pacific; Latin America; Asia Regions
  • Time periods: Pre-Columbian; European, Asian and Egyptian antiquity; European Modernism; Contemporary

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School group looking at Edgar Degas' Little Dancer sculpture at the Sainsbury Centre

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:
scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.auk
01603 591597

School & outreach programme update

Schools & colleges

We are really pleased to be able to start welcoming school and college groups back to visit us. 

Student group visits to the permanent collection and Sculpture Park 

Schools and colleges are welcome to pre-book free, self-directed visits for up to 30 students to the permanent collection and Sculpture Park. We can now offer access to toilets and our Crescent Wing area for wet weather breaks and bag storage.

More information about the permanent collection and the Sculpture Park.

Student group visits to exhibitions 

Groups of up to 30 students are welcome to pre-book to visit exhibitions that take place on the Mezzanine Gallery.* We are now welcoming group bookings of up to 30 students to temporary exhibitions in our main galleries. For all special exhibitions, groups of 30 must be divided (max 15 students, unless a special arrangement is in place).

Tickets are £3.50 – £2.50 per person depending on the show, please get in touch for more information. More information about our exhibition programme in our What’s On.

*Due to fire safety regulations, we regret we are unable to allow visitors access to the Mezzanine Gallery who are unable to independently navigate the steep spiral staircase in the event of an evacuation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Booking visits

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 max 15 people when inside any special exhibitions. There are set timings in place for different areas of the Centre:

Living Area between 09.30 and 18.00
Gallery 1 and 2 between 10.00 and 18.00
Gallery 3 after 3pm (and by special arrangement on Mondays)
Mezz between 10.00 and 18.00

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 scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.uk.

New teaching resources 

Over the past year, we have commissioned artists to produce resources that present ideas for exploring and responding to our collections.

Discover our teaching resources and our Online Studio.

Virtual Galleries

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 via scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.uk for a password to take a look.


University of East Anglia Outreach

We will be launching our programme of funded activity with UEA Outreach priority secondary schools and colleges in September 2021.

School group looking at Edgar Degas' Little Dancer sculpture at the Sainsbury Centre

Get in touch with our schools team:
scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.uk
01603 591597

Higher education

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:

Typical activities

  • 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
  • Colonialism
  • Aesthetics v Ethnography

 

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East Norfolk Sixth Form College visiting the Sculpture Park. Credit: Erin Patel

Get in touch with our Head of Learning:
kate.dunton@uea.ac.uk

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.

Higher education programme at the Sainsbury Centre

Get in touch with our schools team:
scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.uk
01603 591597

Virtual Galleries

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.

Sainsbury Centre Living Area showing the collection of 'Bob and Lisa' Sainsbury

To request access to our exclusive Virtual Galleries, contact:
scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.uk
01603 591597

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 scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.uk

Sainsbury Centre Living Area showing the collection of 'Bob and Lisa' Sainsbury

To discuss your requirements, contact:
scva@uea.ac.uk
01603 593199

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.

Professional development for teachers at the Sainsbury Centre

To find out more, contact:
scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.uk

Professional development

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.

Professional development for teachers at the Sainsbury Centre

To find out more, contact:
scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.uk