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“Excellent and under used” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, England
01603 593199
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Ranked #13 of 181 things to do in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an inspirational public art museum where you can see outstanding art for free. The Centre, which opened in 1978 to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, is a world-class building designed by Norman Foster, at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.
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“Excellent and under used”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

This is a really nice museum / gallery in the ground of UEA which always seems to be underused.
We went along for an Art Deco exhibition and were really impressed.
On the down side - the parking was minimal !

Visited March 2012
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“A hidden gem and free artistic treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

This place is in the back of the University grounds and its free to visit which in this day and age is almost unheard of . The Sainsbury collection consists or paintings artifacts sculptures and so on that this well known family have purchased over the years from all over the globe and is an absolutely brilliant place to visit if you like art and history . It is literally a visual treat . After spending what seemed hours on our feet looking through all the exhibits we enjoyed some refreshments in the same building, which I believe was constructed in the late 70s . Its quite like being in an aircraft hanger or an airport without the noise. There was also an Art Nouveau exhibition in the same space and some fantastic modern sculpture close to the cafe /restaurant which continued outside . Even the toilet facilities are suprisingly upmarket and modern in this place. As its part of the University campus students were still working here. I wish I had been a student in such a place

Visited August 2012
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“Diverse and fascinating collection in beautiful surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The centre houses a huge collection of artworks and artefacts that span around 5,000 years. The objects are laid out by region, interspersed with sculputures by Giacometti and Degas (amongst others) and paintings by Modogliani and Bacon (amongst others). There is a small exhibition covering Art Nouveau another of sculpures by Thomas Houseago - and it's all for free! The centre is accessible and there are wheelchairs that can be borrowed for the less mobile.

There is an excellent cafe/restaurant in the centre (that does get very busy at lunchtime) and you can walk down to the river through the leafy campus if you still have the energy. If you are visiting Norwich and enjoy art, this is a must.

Visited October 2012
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“An excellent selction of modern art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

A very manageable display of modern art - we went just for the Art Nouveaus but enjoyed all the other exhibits as much.

Visited October 2012
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“Very impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Very interesting collection, in a nice location. In 1973 Sir Robert and Lisa, Lady Sainsbury donated to the University of East Anglia their collection of over 300 artworks and objects, which they had been accumulating since the 1930s. The collection has since increased in size to several thousand works spanning over 5000 years of human endeavor, including pieces by Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore (numerous sculptures can be found dotted around the grounds of the university), Alberto Giacometti, and Francis Bacon, alongside art from Africa (including a 'Fang Reliquary Head' from Gabon and the Nigerian 'Head of an Oba'), Asia, North and South America, the Pacific region, medieval Europe and the ancient Mediterranean.

Visited September 2012
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