WG Sebald: Far away – but from where?

Open to commemorate what would have been author WG Sebald’s 75th Birthday, the Sainsbury Centre’s exhibition Far away – but from where? is an elegant display of works by celebrated contemporary artists and Sebald’s own photographic archive, meant to reflect on his writing from an interdisciplinary, nearly philosophical perspective. Having joined UEA in 1970 as…


Womanhood: Adorning the Body – An SRU exhibition

The MA students of the Sainsbury Research Unit have spent the year studying the regions of Africa, Oceania and the America’s with a focus on the objects in the Sainsbury Centre. Every year the MA cohort create an exhibition which is displayed in the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Library, using objects from both the Teaching…


‘The Body Observed’ at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Magnum Photos is a photographic co-operative that is owned by its own members, blending photography with journalism and art, and always aiming towards authenticity throughout the photographers’ various storytelling methods. It was founded in 1947, in the wake of the Second World War, by four photographers: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David ‘Chim’…


Brian Clarke: The Art of Light at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Brian Clarke, a visiting professor of Architectural Art at University College London, is described in the Sainsbury Centre programme as “one of the most important artists working in stained glass”, and his designs has decorated a wide variety of buildings from the Pfizer World Headquarters in New York to The Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam….



‘Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960-90’ promises to “shine a light” on the architectural developments seen at the cusp of the twentieth century, and link these designs to their Victorian predecessors. Utilitarianism is at the crux of the works on display; blueprints and paintings of factories and offices feature heavily. Other mediums, such as models and…


Superhero status for Sainsbury Centre in Spider-Man reboot

The SCVA (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts) at UEA will feature in Marvel’s latest blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming. Designed by Norman Foster between 1974 and 1976, the Sainsbury Centre was a revolution of modern design. The building was first featured by Marvel as the Avengers headquarters in 2012 in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel studios have…

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