About the Museum
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is home to the University of East Anglia’s collection of art and artifacts dating from around 3000 BC to the present day. The building, designed by Norman Foster, opened in 1978 on the university’s campus and houses the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and the University’s Abstract and Constructivist Collection, as well as holding temporary exhibitions. Drawn to work spanning African and Oceanic art to modernist masterpieces, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were adventurous and discerning collectors who rejected labels such as “primitive” or “tribal” art at a time when most artists and collectors were only just beginning to explore art from other cultures. Their collection remains strikingly relevant today.