The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is one of the UK��s leading galleries and is situated just outside Norwich on the campus of the University of East Anglia. The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection was given to the University in 1973 and is housed in landmark buildings originally designed and recently extended by Norman Foster. The collection combines modern works with fine and applied arts from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, Egypt, medieval Europe and the ancient Mediterranean. The collection is particularly well known for works by Francis Bacon, John Davies, Alberto Giacometti and Henry Moore.
There are now over 1300 items in the collection and around 450 objects are on permanent display: of this collection some one hundred and forty are Japanese objects. Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury began to seriously collect Japanese art from the early 1960s. The strengths of the Japanese collections lie in Jomon pottery, Buddhist and Shinto objects. There are also fine examples of Negoro ware lacquer and a body of scroll paintings. Religious works are an important feature of the collection. The most recent acquisition is an elegant twelfth century wooden statue of a standing Jizo Bosatsu.