What We Offer

Groups of students from schools, academies, colleges, home education groups and SEN centres are welcome to visit the Centre. 

  • Groups can visit permanent collections and temporary special exhibitions
  • All group visits must be booked in advance
  • Admission to the collections is free of charge, and schools and student groups pay a reduced price for chargeable special exhibitions

You can choose to work independently, or with the learning team and artist educators. No two trips are the same, as all visits are tailored to suit the needs of each group, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Independent Visiting 

Student groups are welcome to explore our galleries independently, including the collections, temporary exhibitions and the sculpture park. CUT AND STICK teacher’s resources are available to use prior, during and after visiting to support self-led time. The downloadable resources prompt ideas and activities for students to undertake whilst in the gallery spaces as well as provide teachers with a grounding on key pieces in the collection. 

Find the CUT AND STICK teachers' resources here

If required, a member of the learning team will be able to give a short introduction to the Centre, its founders Robert and Lisa Sainsbury and the objects themselves. 

Working with Artist Educators 

Artist Educators can work with your group to creatively respond to the collections and exhibitions in the following ways: 

Artist-led tour – themed sessions in the gallery spaces or sculpture park in which students look, discuss, draw and make in reaction to the art on display. The charge is £50 per session for up to 30 students and lasts 45 minutes. 

Studio Workshop – tailored practical workshops with an artist whose specialism suits the particular topic or theme students are focusing at school or college. Workshops are £180 for up to 30 students and last 90 minutes.

Visit our Flickr Page to find previous artist-led tours and workshops.


You are welcome to spend as much time as you want at the Centre, and you can divide your time as you choose. Many groups opt to spend 4 or 5 hours with us, arriving around 10am and staying until 2:30pm. 

If you choose to spend the day at the Sainsbury Centre, you are welcome to eat packed lunches outside, or you can use our Crescent Wing reception area if the weather is bad. If you bring more than 30 children to visit the Centre, it may be necessary for you to stagger lunch breaks for several smaller groups.

Get in Touch

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