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Visual Art

From revered old masters Gainsborough and Constable through to contemporary trailblazers Maggi Hambling and Ryan Gander, artists of all disciplines have been inspired by the East of England for its unique light, pastoral perfection and tranquil, low-lying sense of place.

Perhaps this centuries-long draw accounts for the high density of galleries and exhibition spaces.

In Norwich, enjoy the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, located within the campus of the University of East Anglia, and the world’s largest collection of paintings by the Norwich School at Norwich Castle and Museum.

From the Wolsey Art Gallery in Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, home to the largest collection of Constable paintings outside of London, to Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, which celebrates the artist’s birthplace through the curation of contemporary exhibitions and workshops, the East of England offers something for every fan, student and champion of the arts.