East Anglian art celebrated at The Sainsbury Centre

Date Posted: 15/05/2013

Coinciding with the opening of its refurbished galleries and the 50th anniversary of the University of East Anglia, Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia will run from 14th September at The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich.

Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia, opening on the 14th September, will celebrate the culture and artistic heritage of East Anglia, from antiquity through to the present day, and will be the centrepiece of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the University of East Anglia. 

Paintings, sculpture, photography, fashion and more

The exhibition will present some 250 objects that the region has inspired, produced and collected, as well as treasures loaned by public and private collections -  including the Royal Collection, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery.

Art on display will range from paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, glass and jewellery to photography, graphic design, fashion and costume, product and textile design. 

The Happisburgh flint handaxe, dating from around 700,000 BC is the oldest object in the exhibition and will sit alongside an ironstone pebble from the same Norfolk beach, carved into a reclining figure by Henry Moore in 1930.

About The Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is a public art museum situated on the campus of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich.

Gifted by Sir Robert and Lady Lisa Sainsbury to the University in 1973, the collection includes works by Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Giacometti, Picasso, Jacob Epstein and Lucie Rie.

A school visit to the Sainsbury Centre must be pre-booked. The centre can offer school groups introductory or themed tours, and workshops to tie in with special interests or project work.

For further school trip information visit www.scva.org.uk.

Pictured: John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) Storm on Yarmouth Beach, 1831 (Photo credit: NorfolkMuseumsand Archaeology Service, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery).

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