Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich: Hours, Address, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Reviews: 4.5/5

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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TommoNorfolk
Great Yarmouth, UK245 contributions
No Water!!!!!
Sep 2020
I regularly visit the SC; their exhibitions are always excellent. We went Friday to see the Art Noveau exhibition, which was no exception. HOWEVER, we had intended to have a coffee before the exhibition, and lunch afterwards. Unfortunately the cafe was closed for "technical issues" we were told. OK, these things happen, but it is what a venue does when they do happen that matters. Because of the cafe selling cold drinks etc, we were not carrying any water. So I asked where I could get some water as the cafe was closed. The staff were totally unhelpful, and said no drinking water was available anywhere in the SC, and advised going to another cafe on the campus. It was teeming with rain at the time! We saw the exhibition and left for home. The cafe has a large drinks fridge with cold drinks and water. There must be a supply of bottled water in the stockroom. Surely it was not too much to ask for a supply of that water to have been available in the museum shop to purchase? Come on SC. This is just not good enough.
Written 27 September 2020
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leeAntigua
Bishops Stortford, UK61 contributions
Interesting place to visit
Sep 2020
The centre is an interesting collection of paintings and sculptures from different eras, housed in a modern Norman Foster designed building. I enjoyed wandering around the spacious room, where the works of art were well displayed. There were Henry Moore reclining figures, a huge collection of Francis Bacon paintings, a Picasso alongside primitive sculptures from a variety of cultures that the Sainsbury’s family had acquired.
Written 14 September 2020
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Kingfisher1807
Epsom, UK756 contributions
Art Deco at the Seaside - excellent
Sep 2020 • Couples
We been to the Sainsbury’s centre a few times for special exhibitions. Having said that, the ground floor collection is always worth an hour too - Degas, Hockey, Bacon to name a few.... it always seems to have new things. But our main reason for visiting was the Art Deco exhibition. We all thoroughly enjoyed this. Well presented and well spaced to not cause any issues re social distancing ( also you need to book online and get an entry time slot ). Parking was easy and right outside too.
Written 6 September 2020
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Marcus G
Stroud, UK215 contributions
Worthy of an hour of your time
Aug 2020
This is an important art gallery, showing a wonderful collection of sculpture, both indoors and out. Highlight include the Francis Bacon paintings and Degas sculpture. There is plenty to look at outside. Once you are on the UEA site it's right at the far end and you need to keep an eye on the signs to find it. Well worth it though. The cafe looked good and the bookshop is thoughtful and interesting
Written 29 August 2020
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Peter
1 contribution
Frustrated
Aug 2020 • Family
Could not get in. Need a proper Covid-19 strategy (as every other tourist attraction we have been to). Not knowing how many people are in the building then closing entry when "It's a bit busy" is not a strategy. Even Norwich Cathedral can manage 'one out, one in' system.
Written 25 August 2020
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TheHonorOakBloke
London, UK35 contributions
Always worth a visit
Aug 2020
We are regular visitors to the SCVA - they have regular special exhibitions, and they are usually well worth a visit. If you've never been before and have any interest in modern art, the standing collection of 20th century pieces and ethnic artefacts is worth a visit in its own right. Only drawback is that there is very limited parking on-site: you're best advised to take a taxi or public transport if you want to visit.
Written 16 August 2020
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Hamid
Edgware, UK3 contributions
Enjoyable visit
Jul 2020 • Family
It was a fantastic exhibition and also the views of the uea broad amazing. You should walk around the university.
Written 31 July 2020
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Batchelor
Kent36 contributions
Art Deco exhibition
Mar 2020
Easy bus from the city centre and dropped off right outside the centre on the University campus. We really enjoyed the exhibition and would recommend it. nice cafe to grab a coffee afterwards.
Written 13 March 2020
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JAB
1 contribution
Fantastic!
Mar 2020
So pleased I took the time to visit the Sainsbury Centre at the weekend for the new Art Deco show. Even though it as busy thre was plenty of space. Will definitely be returning for future exhibitions. So lucky to have this on our doorstep will visit more often.
Written 9 March 2020
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D R
2 contributions
Art Deco
Mar 2020
Distinctly average exhibition. No depth to the subject and it centres on a few large exhibits. Certainly not worth the admission charge. 2 adults and 1 child cost £32.50. A very dissapointing experience and a waste of money. Definitely would not recommend.
Written 8 March 2020
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