What's on / Events / Talks and Tours

Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech Evening Lecture

8 June / 6–7pm / £8/£6 concessions / Free with conference ticket. Free places available for students / The Julian Study Centre Lecture Theatre

A look at the late work of the architecture critic and historian and new perspectives on the High Tech architectural movement.

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Sainsbury Centre Slide Show

14 June / 5-7pm / Free / Learning Studio

Rarely-seen vintage images of the Sainsbury Centre building.

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Superstructures on the Move

14 July / 9.30am–6pm / £50 / £40 concessions / Meet at Cambridge Station

A tour of Cambridge and Suffolk buildings with Alan Powers

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28 July / 11.00am–3.00pm / Free. Booking: A mixture of drop-in activities and sessions that are bookable on the day / Various spaces inside and outside the Sainsbury Centre building

A day of free family activities in and around the building, including artist-led tours of the campus, and giant drawing outside the building.

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‘Behind the Scenes’ Building tour with David Rees

16 September / 2-2.45pm, & 3-3.45pm / Free / Meet at Gallery Reception

Join David Rees, Head of Technical Services, for a special behind the scenes tour of the Sainsbury Centre

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The Sainsbury Centre speaks

Dates below / 1.15–1.40pm / Free. Booking: Not required / Meet at Gallery Reception

As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we are hosting a series of talks given by members of Sainsbury Centre staff.

1 June

8 June

6 July

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SUPERSTRUCTURES: The New Architecture 1960–1990 Conference

Dates below / £50/£37.50 concessions, Free for students. Pre-booked tickets only / The Julian Study Centre and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

A conference bringing together a wide range of international architecture and design historians to explore the influences of this iconic building style.

8 June

9 June

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Artist-led tours of the building

Dates below / 3.30pm / Free / Meet at Gallery Reception

Artist-led explorations of the building.

1 June / Peter Nencini

22 June / James Epps

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From The Collection

Dates below / 1–2pm / Free. Booking: Not required / Meet at Gallery Reception

As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we are launching a series of artist-led workshops in response to the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection.

20 June

18 July

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Lunchtime Talks

Dates below / 1.15–1.45pm / Free with exhibition ticket / Meet at Gallery Reception

Get a different perspective on the SUPERSTRUCTURES exhibition with our lunchtime talks, given by contributors from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.

24 May / High Tech into High Rise. British public housing in the 1960s

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Last Friday: Art for Lunch

Dates below / 1.15-1.45pm / Free / Meet at Gallery Reception

Join one of our guides for an informative talk on an artist, object or aspect of the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection.

25 May

29 June

27 July

28 September

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26 March - 31 August 2018 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, / 3pm* / Free with exhibition ticket. Booking Not required / Meet at Gallery Reception

Join one of our superb volunteer guides for a 45-minute introduction to the exhibition.

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