About / About the Sainsbury Centre

About the Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre is one of the most prominent university art galleries in Britain, and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art.

We house the extraordinary art collection of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, as well as the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and the University's Abstract and Constructivist Collection.

Alongside these permanent collections, we host a range of temporary exhibitions, with our new galleries providing the largest climate-controlled exhibition space in Eastern England.

We also offer an award-winning learning programme of gallery talks, lectures and art workshops.

Governance & funding

The Board

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is governed by the Sainsbury Centre Board, a committee of UEA Council – the University's overall governing body.

The Sainsbury Centre Board meets three times a year and is responsible for setting overall policy and strategy and for ensuring resources are in place to deliver the strategic objectives.


Our funders are:

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation

The Arts and Humanities Research Council

The University of East Anglia

The Sainsbury Centre Endowment Fund

Charity number

The University of East Anglia was formed by Royal Charter and as such has neither a company number nor charity number, as it is not required to be registered with either Companies House or the Charity Commission. 

The University does, however, retain charitable status, as it is deemed an 'Exempt Charity'.

HM Revenue & Customs Charities Reference Number: XN423