World Art Collections Exhibition

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Magical March for families at the Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art’s family season continues in March with lots more exciting events to enjoy. At First Sunday on Sunday 7 March children will have the chance to make a garland of flowers ready for Mother’s Day the following week (Sunday 14 March) and a mother and child salt-dough sculpture. First Sunday is a popular monthly event which runs from midday and includes storytelling, live music and drop-in activities in the café and galleries, and artist-led workshops in the Centre’s state-of-the-art studio. This month there are also two more Saturday Art Club workshops for 7 – 12 year olds, giving children chance to be creative alongside practising artists. Admission to the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, is free.

“Artist Kate Munro will be showing children how to make their very own salt-dough sculpture in her workshops to take home and bake. There will also be a fun drop-in activity in the galleries for children so they can make a garland of flowers for ‘someone who looks after them” – Charlotte Peel, Education and Events Officer (Families).

At First Sunday Mothers and Others families can explore the galleries to find mothers and children from around the world in the Sainsbury Centre’s permanent collections (admission to the permanent collections is free). There will also be stories narrated in the galleries by Sainsbury Centre guides (storytelling rugs kindly provided by Country and Eastern), live music from Pinky Umbrella and free Sunday papers in the Gallery Café. The drop-in garland making activity will run from midday (free) and the salt-dough sculpture workshop will run at 1.30pm, repeated again at 2.30pm (£3 per child, free for accompanying adults).

Family Activities at the Sainsbury Centre
Photo: Andi Sapey

Saturday Art Club continues on Saturdays 6 and 20 March offering children chance to be creative alongside practising artists in an exciting and friendly atmosphere and is ideal for 7–12 year olds. The workshops are led by artists Tricia Hall or Mandy Roberts from Fruitful Arts and take place on Saturdays from 2pm – 4pm.

The Sainsbury Centre’s spring exhibitions would make a perfect treat for mum on Mother’s Day. The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau is considered one of the most exquisite in the country and features jewellery, furniture, glasswork and metalwork by makers such as Emile Gallé and René Lalique. The Artist’s Studio explores the ways in which artists have represented their studios through a fascinating look at the workplaces of artists in Britain from the 1640s to the present day. The exhibitions run until Sunday 23 May from 10am – 5pm daily (closed Mondays).

Dragonfly brooch
Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau
Photo: Pete Huggins, Camera Techniques

Opening times, bookings and information
Open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays), 10am to 5pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays
Tel 01603 593199

Admission to the gallery and permanent collections is free
Special exhibitions are charged – see below

First Sunday times and information
Midday – 4pm
Drop-in art activities in the gallery

1pm – 3pm
Live music in the gallery café

Storytelling in the gallery
Not pre-bookable, places on a first-come, first-served basis

1.30pm – 2.30pm
2.30pm – 3.30pm (repeat)
Artist-led workshop in the studio
£3 per child (free for accompanying adults)
Not pre-bookable, places on a first-come, first-served basis

Forthcoming First Sundays during the spring season
Sunday 7 March – Mothers and Others
Sunday 4 April – Elegant Eggs
Sunday 2 May – Here Comes the Sun!

Saturday Art Club
6, 20 March
1, 15, 29 May
2pm – 4pm
Price: £4, £3 concessions (per week – book for all the sessions or just selected dates); includes materials
Booking: essential
Suitable for 7 – 12 year olds

Exhibition dates, times and information
The Artist’s Studio and The Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau will run from Tuesday 9 February to Sunday 23 May. The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday), 10am to 5pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays. Tel 01603 593199

Combined admission to spring exhibitions £4, concessions £2
Family admission (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £8, concessions £6