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Booking Information

Pre- booking 

The Sainsbury Centre is a popular choice for schools, so we ask all groups to pre-book to ensure that there is adequate space in the galleries on the day that you would like to come.

Pre-visit planning

We advise you to visit the Centre to familiarise yourself with the spaces before you bring a group of children/students for a visit.


Teachers' resources support engaging groups of students with the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection and temporary exhibitions Find teachers' resources here


We are able to host groups of up to 90 students at a time. As a general rule, the larger the group, the more planning will be required. We recommend a minimum staff to student ratio of 1:15. Please be aware that there is regularly more than one group visiting the Centre at any time, so be prepared to be flexible with your plans.

Length of visit

You are welcome to spend as long as you like at Sainsbury Centre -visit for just the morning or afternoon, or spend a full school day with us.


On arrival head towards the ramp which takes you underground into the Crescent Wing schools entrance and reception area. You will be met by a member of staff who can show you to the cloakrooms and toilets, and help you to settle before going in to the galleries. The galleries do not open until 10am, but we can arrange for you to use this area from 9:30am.

Coaches & parking at UEA

See 'Getting here' for more information. 


If the weather isn't nice enough to eat outside, groups are welcome to eat packed lunches in the Crescent Wing reception area. If you would like to buy lunch, you can use The Modern Life Cafe or Kofra coffee bar.


By completing a form with a few terms and conditions, you are permitted to take photographs for personal use. 

Behaviour & managing your group

Whilst at the Sainsbury Centre you are solely responsible for the care, and discipline of your group. We expect a certain standard of behaviour in the Centre, your students will be advised of our few simple rules on your arrival.

Sketching in the galleries

Drawing in the galleries with graphite or coloured pencils is fine. Other materials such as pens, inks, paint, and pastels are not permitted. If in doubt, please ask.

Risk Assessment

We advise all group leaders to undertake their own risk assessments for visits to the Centre, however our own standard risk assessments are available for you to use as a guide.

SEN & students with disabilities

Our programme is available to all groups, regardless of ability. We tailor everything that we do to suit, so please do tell us about any specific needs which your students have.


We regularly host groups of home-educated children at the Sainsbury Centre. The offer for these children is the same as it is for those in schools.

Foreign languages

Students from overseas are welcome to visit, but there is a charge for the service we provide to these groups. Several of our guides are able to gives tours in foreign languages, but we are also happy to give tours to help students who are  learning to speak English. We have printed leaflets in several foreign languages.


If you would like the Sainsbury Centre education team to come to you, please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Admission to the Sainsbury Collection and Sculpture Park is free. School groups pay a discounted price for entry to chargeable special exhibitions. Artist-led activity includes creative tours at £50 and studio workshops at £180, both for up to 30 people. Discounts are available to members of our School Friends scheme.

Contact us

To start the conversation about bringing your students to the Centre email the team scvagroupvisits@uea.ac.uk or ring 01603 591597