New Buildings at the University of East Anglia and Tribal Art at the Sainsbury Centre

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Since 1961 a succession of brilliant architects has been making a ‘world of masterly architecture’ at UEA.  It opened to new students in 1963. Lasdun’s designs reflected Oxbridge acumen combined with socialist experimental fervour. Next came Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre. UEA went post-modern with Rick Mather in the eighties, then introduced a new architecture of ecology in the nineties. Much has happened since our last visit six years ago. We will see how the skyline has changed to improve the panorama from the Broad, the huge biomass energy centre with its unique technology and the new academic building that completes the west end of the campus. This building is expected to out-perform both the Elizabeth Fry and ZICER buildings in energy efficiency.

The day will start with a short talk by Joseph Sanders, who is Head of Estate Development, on the aims and achievements of the architects. The tour will start  with the new halls of residence at the east end of the campus and will end at the Broad to look at the panorama.

In the afternoon a visit will be made to the Sainsbury Centre where John Mack, Professor of World Art Studies will take us on a tour of the highlights of Tribal Art in the Sainsbury Collection, which contains major pieces from Benin, the Khmer and Gabon. Professor Mack was formerly Keeper of Ethnography at the British Museum and is a member of the Art Fund Advisory Council.  He has written extensively on African art and culture.

Lunch is available in the restaurant at the far end of the Sainsbury Centre.  It is not included in the price.

The Sainsbury Centre is brown signed from the Norwich by pass along the B 1108.  Park in the Main car park  To reach the Council House cross the main road by the pedestrian crossing and continue straight ahead, The Council House is the second building on the left. Post code NR4 7TJ
The walking tour lasts 2 hours, stout shoes recommended. Bus routes 25 and 35 provide a frequent service to UEA from the station and city centre.

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