Latest News27 November
We are delighted to announce we will be reopening to the public on Wednesday 2 December, under the new Tier 2 restrictions for Norfolk. This includes the opening of our beautiful new cafe and coffee outlet The Terrace.
Rest assured that your safety is our priority and we have all the required measures in place including face coverings, limited visitor numbers, one-way systems and social distancing. You will need to obtain a free parking permit from the Visitor Services desk for our car park. Find out what to expect from your visit here.
From Friday 27 November, we will have a limited number of tickets on sale for the last few days of Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams. If you would like to book a visit between 2 – 6 December, tickets are available on our website.
Our brand new exhibition Bill Brandt I Henry Moore opens on 3 December, exploring the intersecting lives of two great artists. Tickets available now. Book tickets for a free ‘In Conversation’ event with the exhibition curator here.
For those who prefer to enjoy our outdoor offering, the Sculpture Park remains open with two stunning new sculptures from Cristina Iglesias.
We are thrilled that the much-anticipated exhibition Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years will be opening early on Tuesday 12 January. Keep an eye on our newsletter and social media to find out when tickets go on sale.
We have so much to look forward to and can’t wait to welcome you back.
Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams Closure Notice
We have made the difficult decision to close Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams on 6 December 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19. For those who have pre-booked tickets for the exhibition, there is a window from 2 – 6 December in which you can visit. We will be contacting customers who have booked tickets to rearrange their visit. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We would like to remind you that our Sculpture Park remains open, which offers exceptional art in a stunning setting. We also have much to look forward to in the upcoming months, with the opening of exhibitions Bill Brandt I Henry Moore and Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years. Stay up to date with our programme of exhibitions and events by regularly visiting our website and social media.
Please note that we are following government guidelines regarding the opening of our venue and so all dates are subject to change.
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.
Internationally acclaimed Spanish installation artist and sculptor, Cristina Iglesias, presents two major sculptures. This free Sculpture Park display, on view from 14 November, places Iglesias’ work in dialogue with Norman Foster’s iconic Sainsbury Centre building.
Celosía XI (Hafsa Bint Al-Hayy) (2006) consists of seven terracotta screens that evoke the lattices in Arab architecture. Iglesias co-opts their traditional geometric patterns by incorporating words into the structure of the screens. Passing through the enclosures is akin to reading passages of text. The title refers to the celebrated Andalusian poet Ḥafṣa bint al-Ḥājj ar-Rakūniyya (1135–1191).
The immersive installation Vegetation Room III (2005) is a defined architectural space. The interior walls are casts of organic vegetation. The combination of natural and architectural elements complements the aims of the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park: to bring together art, architecture and the natural environment.
Anish Kapoor at the Sainsbury Centre
We are is delighted to announce a new free East End gallery display of two alabaster stone sculptures by Anish Kapoor: Involute, 2017 and Untitled, 2010. This is presented as part of a major exhibition on show across the grounds and historic interiors of Houghton Hall.
The two alabaster works that Kapoor has selected to show at the Sainsbury Centre have been created through the carving process of negative space into positive form; they demonstrate Kapoor’s interest in the void, of deep dark space and the interior state of the object. They will be displayed in the central bay of the East End gallery until January 2020.
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.
Art Deco by the Sea exhibition featured as BBC iPlayer special
Although the exhibition might be over, a 15-minute film of our highly successful Art Deco by the Sea exhibition will be available to view on BBC iPlayer until March 2021. It is part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative which was designed to bring the best of arts and culture into the homes of audiences during lockdown.