Your Responses #1

We have been receiving some wonderful, and thought provoking responses to the exhibition over the past two weeks – so we wanted to share some of them with you here:


TOP: Sketch of Mother and Child by Henry Moore/ BOTTOM: The chance to sit and write a few words for a stranger is a fine one. To take the time out and concentrate on your thoughts. I’m not use what the message should be. But seeing as the sun is shining, I’d advise you eat as much ice cream as you can. Such fun.


TOP: My animal totem would be a cat!/ BOTTOM: I last came to UEA as a 15 year old to be shown round the site as a prospective student. I didn’t like it and never applied. But I clearly remember seeing an ant nest on the grounds and being fascinated. On returning today and walking round this gallery I looked out the window to see a raven ants on the tarmac. Thirty five years is a long time for an ant.


TOP: Smile when you feel happy, but never when you’re not. Don’t be afraid to feel. BOTTOM: I like to walk around the SCVA and find all the little objects that are easy to miss. There are so many tiny metal figurines which require you to look closer to discover the specific forms of animals bodies. When they are placed around impressive, larger works it might be easy to glance past them. They remain unnoticed.

The exhibition Looking Beyond: Conversations between John Berger and John Christie is now open at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Be sure to share you’re thoughts in the message exchange too!


1 Day to Go: Message Exchange

Only 1 more day until opening, and today we want to let you know about an ongoing activity that will be running in the exhibition! The exhibition, and the source correspondence, are based on written responses to artworks, and we wanted to bring that experience to life for every visitor. Similar to the question that we asked yesterday – What artwork sums up your day? – the responses, that we are encouraging visitors to share, can take inspiration from the questions posed in the exhibition. They can also be inspired from any of the art in the Sainsbury Centre – or even the building itself! We encourage creativity, and any personal response you may feel.


We are giving each visitor the opportunity to record their thoughts on a specially designed postcard. (see above) This postcard can then be dropped into the exchange box in the centre of the space.Once you have written a response, you are then welcome to take one of the ones that someone else has already contributed. Come along and read other peoples’ responses to the exhibition, and take away a unique souvenir!

The exhibition, Looking Beyond: Conversations between John Berger and John Christie opens tomorrow at 10am, at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Check out our Visit Us page for information on how to get there.

And make sure you let us know what your thoughts are at @LookingBeyond16, or in the comments below, we look forward to hearing from you!