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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

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sainsbury Centre, we are holding a day of family activities in and around the building. These will include creative activities with natural materials in the UEA woods, artist-led tours of the campus, and giant drawing outside the building. 

Family Art Day marks the start of an on-going programme of improvements at the Sainsbury Centre to ensure that we offer a warm welcome to families and can support their creative engagement with the place and its art.


Things You Do Do
With artist Dot Howard

11am & 1pm

Explore the rules of being in a gallery. Make up new instructions and draw them as symbols, without using any words.

Suitable for ages 8+

Story Pot
With artists Anna Brass and Ali Hewson

11.15am, 12.15pm & 2.15pm

Have fun using three artworks you’ve chosen in the gallery to tell a story together.

Suitable for all ages


Construct your own mini SUPERSTRUCTURE
Designed by artist Hannelore Baxter

Throughout the day

Fold and cut paper to construct your own building, inspired by our 40th anniversary exhibition SUPERSTRUCTURES.

Suitable for ages 6+


With artist Theo Lecrinier

Throughout the day

Try our fun new game (made by artist Francesca Cant) outside on the grass at the Sainsbury Centre. Colourful wooden L shapes can be stacked in endless ways to create patterns and structures inspired by the unusual buildings you can see around you.

Suitable for all ages


Felt Creations
With artist Rachel Anstey-Sanders

Every half an hour from 11am

Create your very own felt creation using a found object as inspiration, perhaps a stone, pine cone or acorn?

Suitable for ages 4+


Giant Drawing on the Gallery Windows
With artist Ian Brownlie

Throughout the day

Draw to your heart’s content over our giant gallery windows! Turn the gallery itself into a work of art.

Suitable for all ages


Playing the Gallery
With artist Ian Brownlie

12pm & 2.30pm

Get loud and work as a team to make a piece of music using percussion and lines and shapes from the building itself as your score!

Suitable for all ages


Forest School
With artist Sorrel Muggridge

11.30am & 2.30pm

Explore the woods and add clay features to your chosen tree friend, inspired by the faces in our art collection.

Suitable for all ages


Face Painting
With artist Kiran Miller-Burton

Throughout the day

Let your imagination run wild and transform yourself with free face painting.

Suitable for all ages


Supported by The Goodman Trust