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Touring Exhibitions

Our team combines unique objects with exceptional curatorial expertise to produce high quality exhibitions available to tour.

The objects are drawn from the Centre’s renowned collections and from its access to private and institutional lenders worldwide. Our exhibitions tell fascinating stories based on the original research and knowledge of curators and experts across the Sainsbury Centre and the University of East Anglia. Our staff works flexibly with touring partners to create bespoke exhibitions and to accommodate the needs of individual venues and diverse audiences.

We offer hands-on support on delivery, installation, marketing and technical issues to ensure that exhibitions are installed successfully and within budget.

For further information, please contact Laura Peterle, Exhibitions Coordinator 01603 592472,

Art Deco and Africa

Available: from March 2020

Size: ca. 700 square metres (flexible)

Art Deco and Africa will be the first major exhibition to explore the influence of African Art not only on avant-garde artists, but also on the wider fields of architecture, design and fashion during the 1920s and 30s. 

Drawing on the rich collection of African Art at the Sainsbury Centre, the exhibition will present a wide range of African works, from sculptures and ceremonial objects to textiles and jewellery, which entered European collections during a period of increasing colonisation and trade expansion. 

The exhibition will bring together a range of African objects with European and American works in a variety of media to explore the inter-relationships between different artistic practices. 

The exhibition is curated by Ghislaine Wood, Acting Director, who previously organised a major show at the V&A on art deco. It will include over 100 works by some of the best-known art deco designers and leading avant-garde artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Aaron Douglas, Jacques- Émile Ruhlmann, René Lalique, Jean Dunand, Eileen Gray and Pierre Legrain.

Elizabeth Fritsch

Available: from March 2019

Size: ca. 450 square metres (flexible)

The exhibition will comprise a five-decade survey of spectacular work by Britain’s leading studio potter Elizabeth Fritsch. Born in 1940, and raised on the border of Wales and England, Elizabeth Fritsch CBE makes beautifully executed hand-built, painted pots. Her most celebrated pieces, each one month in the making, reflect her wide-ranging interest in music, painting, literature, mathematics and metaphysics. Fritsch studied harp and piano at the Royal Academy of Music for six years from 1958, and then ceramics under Hans Coper and Eduardo Paolozzi at the Royal College of Art. Since her first solo show in 1972, she has exhibited widely at home and abroad while living and working in her East London studio. Her work is held in major public collections around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Museum of Wales. This exhibition is curated by Ian Collins, who also organised the blockbuster show Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia at the Sainsbury Centre in 2013/2014.

High-Tech: Design in a Post-Industrial Age

Available: from October 2018

Size: ca. 700 square metres (flexible)

This exhibition will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, a landmark Norman Foster building (1978) and key example of the High-Tech design movement.

It will present the first ever in-depth study of the High-Tech movement within architecture and design from the 1970s to the 1990s. Although primarily a term applied to architectural projects such as the Centre Pompidou (1977) and the HSBC Headquarters in Hong Kong (1986), High-Tech was a design concept that also had widespread influence on furniture, product design and interiors.

Applied to projects of varying scales and contexts, from private houses to factories and art galleries, High-Tech became the go-to style for corporate campuses and cultural buildings alike. Rooted in the avant-garde theories of 1960s groups such as Archigram and the Metabolists, the proponents of High-Tech created a heady mix of the utopian and the pragmatic to produce buildings unified by a celebration of industrial materials and an aspiration for flexible and customisable spaces.

Exhibition brochure

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Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time

Available: May- September 2017, from February 2018 onwards

Size: ca. 700 square metres (flexible)

This landmark exhibition is dedicated to the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the giants of 20th century art, celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman. The exhibition examines the artist’s influence amongst his contemporaries in Paris and his impact on British art in the post-war period.

Key themes include the artist’s sources of inspiration, his approach to materials and processes, and his influence on British artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Henry Moore and Eduardo Paolozzi. The size of this exhibition is flexible and the themes can be adapted to the venue’s preferences.

Exhibition press release

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