Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia (UEA)


The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, a world-leading art museum situated on the campus of the University of East Anglia invites applications for the post of Director.

One of the most prominent university art galleries and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art, the Sainsbury Centre boasts a first class collection, including the Collection of Art Nouveau and the University’s Abstract and Constructivist Collection, the largest climate-controlled exhibition space in the East of England, and a growing Sculpture Park.

The Director is responsible for the effective leadership and management of the organisation within the context of the University of East Anglia. They will lead the strategic direction of the Centre ensuring that it is fit for the 21st century in a changing landscape. They will be responsible for the artistic development of the Centre and its Sculpture Park, raising its reputation locally, nationally and internationally and will take care of the management and conservation of the Collection and strategic acquisitions. They will be expected to deliver on the potential that the Sainsbury Centre has as a leading University Museum while acting as an Ambassador for the Centre and the University.

In the new Director, the University and the Board seeks an inspirational, ambitious, innovative leader who can take the Centre on the next stage of its journey. They will be an effective manager who can foster an environment where creativity, novelty and innovation can thrive. They will have significant senior leadership experience in the museum and/or heritage sector and will have sufficient breadth to embrace a diverse and multi-disciplinary approach to the work of the Centre. They will have the credibility to operate effectively within an academic and creative context, a good understanding of working with national strategic bodies and will be committed to the vision of the Centre’s Founders and the University’s mission and values.

For further information, please contact Liz Amos of Liz Amos Associates on: or +44 (0) 203 004 4702.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 14th May 2021 (close of business).

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