Brian Clarke touring exhibition

Touring Exhibitions

Our team combines unique objects with exceptional curatorial expertise to produce high-quality exhibitions available to tour.

Touring Exhibitions

At the Sainsbury Centre, we combine unique objects with exceptional curatorial expertise to produce high quality exhibitions available to tour.

Our exhibitions tell fascinating stories based on the original research and knowledge of curators and experts across the Sainsbury Centre and the University of East Anglia. The objects are drawn from the Centre’s renowned collections and from its access to private and institutional lenders worldwide.

We work flexibly with touring partners to create bespoke exhibitions and to accommodate the needs of individual venues and diverse audiences. We offer hands-on support on delivery, installation, marketing and technical issues to ensure that exhibitions are installed successfully and within budget.

We are pleased to have worked with a variety of international and national institutions to tour our exhibitions to the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (Francis Bacon and the Masters), Vancouver Art Gallery (Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time), Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (Rana Begum: Space Light Colour), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific). 

In addition, the Sainsbury Centre has small curated packages that showcase individual master artists such as Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon and Lucie Rie, and draw groups of spectacular highlights from the collection.

For further information, please contact Natalie Baerselman le Gros, Exhibitions Coordinator 01603 592466, n.le-gros@uea.ac.uk

Fiji Touring Exhibition
Fiji Touring Exhibition, Photo Andy Crouch

Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist Art in Britain since 1951

Available from Spring/Summer 2022

Size: 800sqm

This major exhibition drawn from the Sainsbury Centre collection celebrates the abstract and constructed art made and exhibited in Britain since 1951. The exhibition includes work from the beginning of the 1950s to the present-day comprising c.120 objects across sculpture, reliefs, mobiles, painting, drawing and printmaking.

The exhibition opens with a selection of significant reliefs – a pivotal art form in Britain in 1951, before looking more closely at the transition into abstraction that occurred at this time. The exhibition goes on to examine the artists who used mathematical or geometric processes in the 1950s, before charting the development into more participatory or kinetic art forms. The exhibition ends with work by the painters and printmakers who explored geometric abstraction from the 1960s and beyond.

Artists include Robert Adams, Yaacov Agam, Rana Begum, Anthony Caro, Lygia Clark, Natalie Dower, Adrian Heath, Anthony Hill, Michael Kidner, Kenneth Martin, Mary Martin, François Morellet, Victor Pasmore, Jean Spencer, Takis, Mary Webb, Victor Vasarely, Gillian Wise and Li Yuan-Chia.

The exhibition comes after a significant bequest to the Sainsbury Centre from Joyce and Michael Morris. Many of the important works they collected will be exhibited in public for the first time in decades. The bequest greatly augments the collection of abstract art acquired by the University of East Anglia since the 1960s.

Fritton, 1971, Mary Webb, Oil on canvas, Object number: 31417, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom © Mary Webb

Contact:

Natalie Baerselman le Gros, Exhibitions Coordinator

01603 592466

n.le-gros@uea.ac.uk

Visions of Ancient Egypt

Available from Spring 2023

Size: 800sqm

This exhibition examines the enduring appeal of ancient Egyptian motifs in art and design by exploring how ancient Egypt has been imagined and re-imagined across time. Tracing how processes of reinvention, appropriation and subversion have generated multiple visions of Egypt since the Roman period, the exhibition exposes the links between power and knowledge to reveal how ancient Egyptian culture has been simultaneously exposed and obscured by these competing representations.

The exhibition coincides with the anniversaries of two historic events – the bicentenary of Jean-François Champollion’s 1822 decipherment of hieroglyphs and the centenary of Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Using these important events as a point of departure, the exhibition showcases ancient Egyptian objects from the Sainsbury Centre’s collection, alongside works from artists including Piranesi and Hector Horeau, as well as contemporary works by Chant Avedissian, David Hockney and Chris Ofili.

Nefertiti (Black Power), Awol Erizku, 2018 © The Artist, Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts

Contact:

Natalie Baerselman le Gros, Exhibitions Coordinator

01603 592466

n.le-gros@uea.ac.uk

Julian Stair: Art, Death and the Afterlife

Available from Spring 2023

Space requirements: Approximately 300 sqm

Thoughtfully curated by leading ceramic artist, Julian Stair, ‘Art, Death and the Afterlife’ displays twenty of his newly created works alongside a selection of objects from the Sainsbury Centre Collection that range from the archaic to the contemporary. Stair’s ceramic vessels, created in response to the pandemic, explore society’s relationship to death and ritual. Taking inspiration from the burial pots and grave goods in the Centre’s Collection, Stair’s cinerary jars and monumental figural forms invite the viewer to meditate on the intimate relationship between the clay vessel and the human body.

In this exhibition, Stair reveals how material culture and artistic practice can engender ‘a new, expressive language to both mediate loss and celebrate life’. Stair’s new works comprise vessels made from clay combined with human ashes, vessels designed to contain human ashes, and figural vessels inspired by the form of the human body. Produced as memorials to individuals’ lives, Stair uses the scale, proportion and material composition of his jars and funerary wares to invoke the physical and spiritual presence of the deceased.

Stair’s selection of objects from the Sainsbury Centre’s Collection spans time and geography to communicate the universality of death as a theme of aesthetic inspiration and philosophical inquiry. Positive and uplifting, Stair’s exhibition explores humanity’s reliance on art as a means to transcend the unknown.

Julian Stair, Monumental Jar VIII, 2011, Sainsbury Collection. Photo: Andy Crouch. © Julian Stair

Contact:

Natalie Baerselman le Gros, Exhibitions Coordinator

01603 592466

n.le-gros@uea.ac.uk

Henry Moore: Threads of Influence

Available from Spring 2021

Size: 200sqm

Spanning Henry Moore’s career, from early life drawings and carvings to iconic drawings and late prints, this exhibition demonstrates the multiple facets of Moore’s practice. The examples of Moore’s work and range of related objects from the Sainsbury Centre’s collection chosen for this exhibition demonstrate how Moore was informed by artists such as Picasso, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Jacob Epstein as well as disparate cultures and contexts and the natural world.

Henry Moore: Threads of Influence
Sculptural Object in Landscape, 1939, Henry Moore, Pencil, wax crayon, watercolour wash and pen and ink on paper, UEA89, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom © Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation

Contact:

Natalie Baerselman le Gros, Exhibitions Coordinator

01603 592466

n.le-gros@uea.ac.uk