One of the most prominent university art galleries in Britain, the Sainsbury Centre is a major national centre for the study and presentation of art.

Located on UEA campus, here you’ll find the extraordinary art collection of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. The permanent collection is perhaps best known for its remarkable works by artists such as Henry Moore, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti. The Sainsbury Centre also hosts an array of exhibitions and an award-winning learning programme of talks, lectures and workshops.

Designed by Norman Foster, the building is a cultural icon and has also featured as the headquarters in the ‘Avengers’ films. Moreover, its galleries provide the largest climate-controlled exhibition space in Eastern England.

The Centre is currently directing a major cataloguing project, funded by the Gatsby Foundation, to enhance public access to collections research via an online catalogue. New entries are consistently being added, featuring object descriptions, provenance details, enhanced photography and further research resources.


The Sainsbury Centre is governed by the Sainsbury Centre Board, a sub-committee UEA’s overall governing body. It also houses UEA’s School of Art History and World Art Studies, The Sainsbury Institute for Art and the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Oceania, Africa and the Americas.



The Sainsbury Centre


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