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1. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Located at the University of East Anglia in a sleek hangar like building designed by Norman Foster, is the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, which houses one of the most varied collections of painting and sculpture in the country.
Works by Degas, Seurat, Picasso, Giacometti, Bacon and Henry Moore rub shoulders with Mayan and Egyptian antiquities and Art Nouveau.
Facilities include a cafe, a restaurant and gallery shop. 
There are three permanent collections, and a variety of temporary and visiting exhibitions take place throughout the year.

Permanent collections include:

The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection
The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection features work spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. Modern work by artists such as Henry Moore, John Davies, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon sits alongside art from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, Egypt, medieval Europe and the ancient Mediterranean. The Lisa Sainsbury Collection of Modern Pots includes work from Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Rupert Spira.

The University Collection of Abstract and Constructivist Art, Architecture and Design
This collection focuses on the geometric non-objective, constructivist and concrete art movements of the 20th and 21st centuries and the related fields of architecture and design. The collection includes work by Joseph Albers, Sonia Delaunay, Sol le Witt, Francois Morellet and Kenneth Martin and furniture by Le Corbusier, Gerrit Rietveld, and Isokon.

The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau
The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau comprises jewellery, furniture, glassware and metalwork featuring the fluid organic lines and whiplash curves that characterised European styles in the last years of the 19th century. The collection includes pieces from Britain, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands along with work by renowned French makers Emile Gallé, Louis Majorelle and René Lalique. It is displayed once every three years.
Temporary and visiting exhibitions also take place throughout the year
Food and Drink
The Gallery Cafe offers light lunches, coffee and cakes. Open gallery hours, the Café stops serving 15 minutes before galleries close. The Galleries and Café can also be hired for receptions and special events outside gallery hours. Call +44 (0)1603 593199 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

The Garden Restaurant offers table service and the perfect setting for a leisurely meal.

Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 3.30pm, the restaurant can also be hired for private dinners and functions at other times.

To book a table in the restaurant call +44 (0)1603 592474 (24 hours notice)
For private functions in the restaurant call +44 (0)1603 591111

The Gallery Shop carries a range of high-quality books, cards and gifts, inspired by world art and design, not available in the high street.

The Gallery Shop is open during gallery hours. For mail order, call +44 (0)1603 593199.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Address:              
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
University of East Anglia
England, UK

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Opening Times:   
Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm
Wednesdays, 10.00am to 8.00pm

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Admission:
Admission to permanent collections is free
Charges apply for temporary exhibitions - contact SCVA for details

24 hour Gallery Information +44 (0)1603 593199

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