In this section you will find the answers to some of the questions most frequently asked by visitors. If you have a question not answered here, go straight to the Ask a Question page
Most Asked Questions
When did the Sainsbury Centre open?
The main Sainsbury Centre building opened on 12 April 1978. Its design was radical and forward-thinking, combining open-plan galleries, offices for staff and faculty, teaching spaces, a restaurant and café all under one roof.
For more information see The Building
If an object is not on display, can I arrange to come and see it?
Yes, subject to staff availability and the location of the object (if it being conserved or is out on loan, it may not be possible to view it for some time). Please direct your requests to ‘Collections Team’ at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ
Why did the Sainsburys choose UEA?
When Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were looking for a university to give their collection to, they were passionate that their objects should be kept and displayed together – the new campus at UEA had plenty of room, the necessary flexibility and had already embraced modern architecture with Denys Lasdun’s famous designs.
For more information see History
Where does the Sainsbury Centre get its money from?
See Facts and Figures
How can I find out about volunteering at the Sainsbury Centre?
See Support Us
How can I get in touch with someone at the Sainsbury Centre?