state of the art

State of the art

UEA history of art undergraduates are some of the only students in the UK to have a major international art museum on campus. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts boasts works by Picasso, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti.

Designed by Sir Norman Foster, this listed masterpiece of modern architecture contains state-of-the-art study facilities enabling our students to learn about art in close proximity to a remarkable world-class collection of over 2,000 artworks spanning some 5,000 years of human creativity.

Including works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti, the Sainsbury Centre’s ground-breaking displays allow visitors to get unusually close to the artworks, and follow their own inspirations and interests within the collection. A radical new approach to the art museum, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts has become a template for museum directors and curators around the world keen to encourage public engagement with art.

Following the opening of extensive new display spaces, the Sainsbury Centre also holds major exhibitions of artworks from museums such as the Tate, the British Museum and the Hermitage in St Petersburg.

The presentation of exquisite art from across time and place continues to inspire and surprise and, combined with the Sainsbury Centre’s pioneering architecture, provides a unique home for our students.


The Expert

Sarah Monks

Lecturer in European Art History
School of Art, Media and American Studies

My research focuses on art in the eighteenth-century world, particularly in Britain, India, the American colonies and the Pacific. I’m interested in how artists responded to what was going on in far-flung places, and how encounters with things, people and ideas from those places changed art in turn.