We work closely with the Sainsbury Research Unit (SRU) to support research staff, students and visiting academics researching artists and artworks from Oceania and the Pacific Islands.
We offer high quality research facilities and are home to a lively scholarly community focusing on research into art from Australia, Polynesia, Fiji and the rest of the Oceanic continent.
With specific research projects focusing on the wealth of art the continent has to offer, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts provides an impressive research environment and is home to an expansive collection of artworks from around the world, as well as the Robert Sainsbury Library, dedicated to the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Prof Steven Hooper - Professor of Visual Arts, Director of the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
Dr Karen Jacobs - Lecturer in the Arts of the Pacific, Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
Fijian Art Research Project
Fijian Art: political power, sacred value, social transformation and collecting since the 18th century is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) sponsored research project that is being jointly hosted by the Sainsbury Research Unit (SRU) at the University of East Anglia and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) at the University of Cambridge.
The collaborative 3-year project, set to run from May 2011 to April 2014, aims to unlock the potential of the outstanding collections of Fijian art, material culture and associated photographs and archives held in museums in the United Kingdom and abroad. The bulk of these Fijian collections have never been displayed, nor have they ever been thoroughly researched or documented.