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‘Jeffrey Gibson: no simple word for time’: What Is The Truth? season at The Sainsbury Centre

Sainsbury Centre, Norfolk Road, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

24th February - 4th August

In his first ever UK solo exhibition, American artist Jeffrey Gibson (b.1972) will create a new site-specific installation for the Sainsbury Centre.

The first Indigenous artist to represent the USA at this year´s Venice Biennale, Gibson is a painter and sculptor whose work is held in many major American collections. Incorporating murals, paintings, textiles and historical objects, Gibson’s work also weaves together text drawn lyrics, poetry and his own writing, complete with references to abstraction, fashion and popular culture.

Of Mississippi Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, Gibson uses materials such as Native American beadwork and trading posts in his art that explores identity and labels.

Now, Gibson will create a vast installation that incorporates 19th and 20th century objects from Indigenous cultures across North America. Alongside the beadwork, parfleche and dolls that are common motifs in Gibson´s work, I can choose (2024) will consider the artist´s relationship with these items alongside how they are displayed within public facing museums.

The exhibition will illuminate the rich practice of abstraction in Indigenous art, going against the common narrative within UK museums that abstraction only emerged in the 20th century. It continues a specific focus on this area of art from the Sainsbury Centre, following last year´s successful exhibition Empowering Art: Indigenous Creativity and Activism from North America’s Northwest Coast. Jeffrey Gibson: no simple word for time is supported by Stephen Friedman Gallery.

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Opening Times

Tuesday - Friday

9.00 - 18.00 (exhibitions open 9.30am)

Saturday - Sunday

10.00 - 17.00

Closed Mondays, including bank holidays


Our Universal Ticket grants access to the permanent collection, lower and mezzanine galleries, and Sculpture Park. Tickets operate on a ‘Pay If and What You Can’ basis.


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Searles Sea Tours

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22nd Aug

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Dalegate Market

Independent retail site with shops & Deepdale Cafe in Burnham Deepdale. The centre is a major North Norfolk Coast hub, offering a place to relax, shop, eat, drink and connect with friends and family.

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Come along for a great value for money day out. We have over 100 horses & ponies undergoing rehabilitation on the farm.

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