• The Sainsbury Centre
    The Department of Art History and World Art Studies is based within the world-famous Sainsbury Centre, designed by Sir Norman Foster. Students benefit from close proximity to a permanent display of hundreds of artworks and artefacts in the main gallery, known as the Living Area, as well as a changing programme of major temporary exhibitions, and an extensive sculpture park.

    ‘I was attracted to Art History at UEA as I knew I would be taking my lectures and seminars in the Sainsbury Centre. With its art and artefacts, and its own library, the Sainsbury Centre really made the university stand out. I’ve really appreciated the talks by lecturers with different specialisms; those given by the Centre's Learning team really allowed us to get close to the artworks, to develop an understanding of how the museum operates, and to learn how different objects are cared for. The Learning on Site module has then given us the independence to explore the collection on our own terms.’ (Amelia Lupton, First Year of BA Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History, 2023)

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  • The Robert Sainsbury Library
    The Robert Sainsbury Library supports the research and teaching needs of the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas (SRU) and is available to all Art History and World Art Studies Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. The Library specializes in the arts and culture of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, including related subjects such as anthropology, archaeology, and museum studies. The Library has nearly 20,000 volumes and a range of journals, which complement the holdings of UEA's Main Library. It is housed in three reading rooms next to the Centre’s ‘Living Area', and offers a quiet, friendly and intimate place to read and research, as well as IT and photocopying facilities.

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  • Photographic Collection and Archive
    Housed in the department of Art History and World Art Studies, the photographic collection contains approximately 150,000 prints and over half a million glass and film negatives dating back to the early 20th century, making it one of the largest archives of its type in the UK. It is also home to many other collections including rare books, manuscripts, post cards, posters and many other types of art-related documents and ephemera from around the world, providing a very valuable resource for research and study.

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  • Student Work Spaces and Common Areas
    In 2008 a student study area was created in the airy, light-filled space at the heart of the teaching rooms and offices in the Sainsbury Centre. The area provides space for individual or collaborative work, computer stations and printing facilities. The study area has common areas on either side, which overlook the lawn and woods behind the Sainsbury Centre. Students and faculty alike use the common areas for lunch, a quick meeting, or a break from class, creating a space where the community can come together informally.