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Culture of the Countryside
2008 - 2010
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we were able to work in partnership with schools and community organisations across Norfolk and Suffolk, thinking together about how we could interpret and present the contemporary heritage of the countryside of East Anglia. Culture of the Countryside aimed to help people discover new perspectives on our own culture, and increase awareness of the importance of their local heritage and how it relates to a global context.
Visit the Culture of the Countryside website to find out more about the project.
On Tour: Art as a window on the world
2004 - 2006
During the period of gallery closure between 2004 and 2006 the Centre developed and expanded upon its outreach projects with The Sainsbury Centre On Tour.
On Tour offered a lively programme of projects, workshops and INSET events for schools and other organisations, delivered by a creative team made up of arts practitioners, educators, Sainsbury Centre staff and guides. It also offered teachers and others a professional development programme, including museum and gallery careers talks and training.
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The On Tour theme - Art as a Window on the World - underpins all the Centre's projects with discovery about how art can both reflect the world and lead us to enjoy perceptions of a wider world. The project used the Sainsbury Centre's handling collection of objects from around the world and was supported by exciting resources including images, sounds and materials.
On Tour projects aim to:
- stimulate enjoyment in looking and seeing
- foster greater knowledge and understanding of objects and sensitivity to cultural difference
- stimulate reflection, imagination and creativity
- enable participants to express thoughts and share points of view
- inspire creative researchers and thinkers
Seeking New Worlds in the Museum
Their Past Your Future, Phase 2 is a UK-wide educational programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered by the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council. The project is designed to encourage exploration of the impact and contemporary significance of conflict in creative and innovative ways. Through this project, the Sainsbury Centre has been working with refugees from conflicts in the Congo and Ethiopia, welcomed to Norwich as part of the Home Office Gateways Protection Programme, using the museum and creative project stimulated by it as a starting point to assist families with settling into a new life in Norwich.
Over the past 2 years, the Gateway Protection Programme has welcomed over 140 refugees to Norwich from the conflicts in the Congo and Ethiopia (among other places). Through the programme the refugee families are assisted to become self-sufficient and able to live independently - working, studying and participating in local life. Communication is one aspect that many of the families find difficult, partly because of language, but often because the traumatic experiences they have been through are difficult to talk about.
From August 2008 to April 2009, the Centre worked with artists Dave Lewis and Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy to deliver creative workshops based around the Sainsbury Centre's collections. The workshops used objects from the Congo as a starting point to help the refugees to explore positively some of the valuable memories from the cultures they were forced to leave behind. Through drawing and printmaking, photography and film, participants were encouraged to give expression to their memories, their feelings and their ideas about art, as well as their social and cultural development in Norwich. The art work made by the participants was presented in a week long exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre.
The Sainsbury Centre is currently working on a continuation of this project with the support of the Priorities Challenge Fund, aiming to help the families increase their range of skills with which they can explore their changing identities and cultures.
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