Inside or out at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

Well you don’t need me to tell you that the weather of late has been changeable, to say the least. A visit to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich is a great place to take your little ones this summer, rain or shine.

We visited Abstraction and The Art of John Golding exhibition on the mezzanine. Golding’s bold and striking paintings make quite an impact in this space and are really accessible.

A walk through the main collection is always great to revisit. Works date as far back as prehistoric times right up until the present day, and artefacts and artwork come from across the globe. My daughter seemed to take a liking to the large Giacometti sculpture in the centre of this gallery space.

If you’re not sure where to start, then definitely grab one of the free Activity Booklets and work through this with the kids. The booklets focus on an object of the month, such as the Chief’s Fly Whisk, Hunter’s Hat and Dance Mask. There is also a drawing worksheet to take inspiration from. Both the main collection and the John Golding exhibition are free.

When it wasn’t raining it seemed like a great opportunity to get outside to enjoy the sunshine and the sculptures located around the grounds of the University. This isn’t something we normally do on a regular visit, but there are three Henry Moore sculptures and one by Ian Tyson within close proximity of the gallery that are well worth checking out.

All in all, my seven month old baby and I spent a few hours here. You can easily spend a lot more time here with toddlers and children. There is a car park opposite the gallery and if you ask for permit at the reception, parking is then free. Oh, and the Modern Life cafe is great too!

So whether it’s inside the Sainsbury Centre, or out, we definitely recommend a visit this summer.


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