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‘Liquid Gender’: What Is Truth? season at The Sainsbury Centre

Sainsbury Centre, Norfolk Road, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

17th February - 4th August

In an exploration of the relationship between gender expression and identity, with a focus on pre-colonial traditions, the Sainsbury Centre will present works by a myriad of internationally acclaimed artists, including new work, UK premieres and new acquisitions.

New Orleans born Rashaad Newsome (b.1979), whose multi-disciplinary work explores black and queer space in art history, will make a new holographic work titled In the Absence of Evidence, We Create Stories (2024) which will look both to the cultural traditions of the past and the possibility of the future. Using objects from the Sainsbury Centre´s own collection, these will be used as part of a visual dialogue with African sculptures that transform into futuristic cyborgs and speak about their past, present and future.

In a UK premiere, American artist Martine Gutierrez (b.1989) will showcase her Demons (2018) series in its entirety which depicts the artist as a deity from Aztec, Maya and Yorùbá traditions. Part of her ‘Indigenous Woman’ publication, a 146-page art magazine inspired by glossy magazines, the images are infused with androgynous characteristics.

Afro-indigenous photographer Laryssa Machada (b.1993) and Indigenous creative Antônio Vital Neto Pankararu document queer Indigenous identities in the Brazilian Northeast in Origem (2020), a series of photographic portraits overlaid with Indigenous motifs accessible through an augmented reality (AR) application designed by pioneering Bolivian digital artist Lucia Grossberger Morales (b. 1952). The result of a research project at the University of Leeds, it draws on centuries of both visibility and oppression of queer people in Brazil.

When artist Leilah Babirye (b.1985) sought asylum in the US after being publicly outed in her native Uganda, she saw drag queens for the first time, which inspired a series of vibrant works on paper. A group of these titled Kuchu Ndagamuntu (Queer Identity Card) (2021), which depicts the many faces and identities of her ambiguously gendered subjects will be presented. One of these works has also now been acquired by the Sainsbury Centre – thanks to funding from the Art Fund’s New Collecting Award - and will join the permanent collection.

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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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Other things to do nearby

Searles Sea Tours

Searles Sea Tours run unique and exciting seal safaris and coastal trips, two famous amphibious vessels, the Wash Monsters.

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Willow Tree Delicatessen

Willow Tree Delicatessen, located within the award winning Wroxham Barns Shopping Village, reflects the owners advocacy and passion for the region, celebrating the absolute best of Norfolk and East Anglia.

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Bircham Windmill

Standing in the heart of Norfolk’s undulating fields, Bircham Windmill now looks as it did over 100 years ago. At that time over 300 mills ground corn for horse & cattle feed and bread-making in Norfolk.

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26th - 29th Sep

Deepdale Festival at Dalegate Market

Deepdale Camping & Rooms hosts a small but perfectly formed Music Festival with a Heart of Folk across 3 stages on the last weekend of September. The Brick Barn, Orchard Stage & Courtyard will host more than 40 superb acts.

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22nd Aug

Merry Wives of Windsor – Open Air Shakespeare at Dalegate Market

The Pantaloons return for the second of their Summer shows, with their hilarious take of this Shakespeare tale. Comedy for all the family, a brilliant evening of comedy theatre.

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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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World Horse Welfare Hall Farm

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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24th Feb - 4th Aug

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

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