Latest News23 April
Stories from the Sainsbury Centre: Art Fund Film
We are delighted to have been featured in a new film by Art Fund, as part of their Art Pass Recommends series and narrated by comedian Josie Long.
Discover our collections from the people who know them best: our staff and volunteers. They pick their personal favourites and share the intriguing stories of why these objects fascinate them.
Sainsbury Centre receives Culture Recovery Grant
The Sainsbury Centre has received funding from DCMS, as part of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund administered by Arts Council England. The Centre has been awarded a grant of £305,725 to support core operational costs and the delivery of arts and learning provision for our many communities. The Centre aims to widen access to the arts, and much of our programme is free. During lockdown, the Sculpture Park has provided a vital civic amenity for all ages, and this grant enables us to continue to develop the Park with projects for the summer and beyond.
The Sainsbury Centre will use this opportunity to promote our post-Covid offer this spring and summer, supporting free-to-access audience engagement and bringing visitors back to the Centre for an inspiring programme of exhibitions and events. We are here for you and #HereForCulture.
Ghislaine Wood, Acting Director of the Sainsbury Centre said: “We are delighted that the Sainsbury Centre has been awarded this grant, which will enable us to deliver a vibrant programme of events, exhibitions, digital projects and Sculpture Park initiatives over the summer. The Centre, like many arts organisations, has been severely impacted by the pandemic, and this funding will help alleviate financial pressures, and enable us to move forward on a sustainable basis.”
New Anthony Caro sculpture in planning stages
Before he died, Sir Anthony Caro expressed a wish to bring one of his great architectural sculptures to the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park. We have since worked closely with the Caro estate and colleagues across the University of East Anglia to identify and sensitively site an important work in the Park.
Goodwood Steps is an impressive large-scale work which has been selected to compliment the UEA’s Brutalist architecture and sit within the natural environment of the campus.
Sethembile Msezane Residency
Multidisciplinary South African artist Sethembile Msezane comes to the University of East Anglia’s Sainsbury Centre between March and May 2021, as an artist-in-residence and UEA Global Talent Fellow.
Msezane is well known for her embodiment of Chapungu, the Great Zimbabwe bird, during the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town in 2015. Her artistic practice includes performance, photography, sculpture and film to explore ideas of spirituality, memory and African systems of knowledge.
Taking as its starting point an ivory snuff spoon in the Sainsbury Centre collection, Msezane’s project will connect historic objects in UK museum collections and the tobacco ban during South Africa’s recent COVID lockdowns. During her fellowship, Msezane will explore the role of snuff and museum objects as ways of connecting with ancestors. Based predominantly at the Sainsbury Centre, Msezane will develop an intervention towards the end of her residency.
Developed together with UEA host researcher, Chris Wingfield, Associate Professor in the Arts of Africa, this fellowship is the first to be hosted collaboratively between the Sainsbury Centre and the Sainsbury Research Unit. It follows the successful residency of Native North American artist, Sonny Assu, in 2019.
The fellowship is funded through the UEA Global Talent Research Fellowship.
New Perspectives Podcast
New Perspectives is a new podcast series from the Sainsbury Centre. For each episode of the podcast, we have invited an artist, writer or researcher to share their own reflections and interpretations of the Sainsbury Centre Collections.
Be a Sculpture Star
During lockdown the combination of art, architecture and nature in our 350-acre Sculpture Park became a much-needed space. Whether for relaxation, creativity or exercise, the great outdoors has proven essential for physical and mental wellbeing in this challenging time.
As a direct response to Covid-19 restrictions, the Sainsbury Centre offered support to organisations tackling the needs of vulnerable neighbouring communities. So far, we have helped:
– Teachers and pupils in local schools with a bird themed activity pack, helping them explore art in the natural environment.
– Local care home residents, who were unable to receive family visits, were driven around the Sculpture Park to see and enjoy the artworks.
– Children on a summer holiday programme run by the Henderson Trust, Norwich Food Bank and Cadge Road community, with nature-based creative activities relating to the Sculpture Park.
– A-Level Art and Design students, providing them with resources themed on site-specific sculpture.
– 100 families who enjoyed hands-on art activities in a monthly outdoor family programme.
This inspiring environment continues to be an important resource for education, entertainment and wellbeing.
Our challenge is to reach 250,000 people through Sculpture Park projects and to populate the area with exciting new artworks. Through these, we can create stimulating and supportive programmes for local communities.
We have achieved some funding for an extensive new art and the environment project, which will have significant social impact. However, we still need to raise at least £15,000 to enable us to bring new works into the Sculpture Park.
Your generosity enables us to develop exciting opportunities that help local organisations and bring new artworks into this free-to-enter space.
The Sainsbury Centre is committed to addressing racism in all areas of our activity. The Centre was founded in 1978 to house, in equality, collections from around the world and to develop research into diverse cultures. We are committed to extending this founding mission.
We aim to become a more inclusive organisation whose collections, programming, learning activities, digital engagement and research is relevant to contemporary ethnic minority audiences both in the region and beyond. We aim to promote scholarship that explores the significance of race, gender and class, and to actively ensure that diversity and equality are key principles of the institution.
We aim to be a more inclusive organisation through our governance, staffing, artist community, visitors, members, patrons and online followers.
– Develop and support an anti-racism working group to make recommendations to the Executive and Board.
– Ensure all areas of activity from our exhibitions, displays, research, fellowships, residencies, learning and digital engagement are diverse and inclusive.
– Continue to work on publishing provenance information for all objects in the collection.
– Work with groups in the community to develop projects for diverse audiences.
– Develop a policy on Restitution.
– Work with colleagues across the University towards decolonising the institution, its collection and programmes.
– Continue to diversify the collection through acquisition.
– Diversify our Board and work force.
– Support ethnic minority career progression through internships and other opportunities.
– Introduce Anti-Racism training.
MBE for Board Member
Congratulations from all of us at the Sainsbury Centre to our wonderful Board Member Laura McGillivray, on receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to local government. Laura served as Chief Executive of Norwich City Council for 14 years, before standing down last year. She is one of our longest serving board members, and has supported us unfailingly over the years. Her expertise and enthusiasm has been vital to the Centre’s strategic direction over the last decade.
New additions to the sculpture park
Two stunning new sculptures have arrived at the Centre by renowned artists Phillip King and John Davies. You can find out more about the works below:
Sun’s Roots II, Phillip King, 2008
Sun’s Roots II returns to King’s earlier works where formally the use of bold colour to define space and the cone are a grounding element. King has often connected the sun to the ground, and the title of the work indicates the importance of this gesture to the artist. King spent a great deal of time in Japan working in a ceramics studio, and Japanese mythology was influential to King’s production of this work.
Supported by Ivor Braka Ltd, Thomas Dane Gallery and Hudson Architects
Head, John Davies, 1997
In the late 1990s, John Davies introduced monumental heads to his practice. For Davies, the development of this extreme scale provides new opportunities to explore how the human figure may be perceived and how one can relate to it differently. The minute figures within the monumental heads are intensely detailed and so endow the viewer with authority, as the figures are inspected. This head has a serene expression, at once in harmony and at peace in its natural surroundings.
Supported by Hudson Architects
Major works by Elisabeth Frink acquired
We’re thrilled to announce the acquisition of 29 new sculptures, drawings and prints by Elisabeth Frink, following the wishes of her son Lin Jammet. This comes after Frink’s popular exhibition Humans and Other Animals back in 2018/19. This significant body of work will enable us to become a permanent study centre for the British artist.