Bill Viola: Submerged-Spaces
A new exhibition co-curated by the Sainsbury Centre and
Norfolk & Norwich Festival opens Saturday 5 May
Bill Viola: Submerged-Spaces, a unique exhibition co-curated by the Sainsbury Centre
and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
The exhibition brings the work of internationally celebrated video artist Bill Viola to
East Anglia for the first time in three venues across Norwich: the Sainsbury Centre for
Visual Arts, the Crypt of the Carnary Chapel at Norwich School and the Undercroft
beneath the Memorial Garden. The exhibition will run until Sunday 29 July.
Bill Viola is one of the world’s most celebrated video artists. His mesmerising installations
explore such fundamental experiences as birth, death and the meaning of human
consciousness. Viola has exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, creating
works that act with the viewing space to create intimate encounters that envelop the viewer.
This major, city-wide exhibition demonstrates Viola’s mastery of working practice over the
last decade, bringing together monumental and intimate pieces displayed in three
underground locations, creating a unique way of experiencing the works.
Professor Paul Greenhalgh, Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, said: “Bill Viola
is one of the most important artists of the last fifty years. The visual and symbolic intensity of
these moving tapestries of light embody a beautiful contradiction: that they operate
simultaneously in time, and outside of time.”
The Lower Gallery of the Sainsbury Centre will be transformed into a meditative space with
rooms dedicated to a set of four works: Four Hands (2001), Catherine’s Room (2001),
Surrender (2001) and the spectacular Ascension (2000). Two further installations will be
displayed at city-centre venues never before open to the public, inviting visitors to leave the
city behind and immerse themselves in the work. The Carnary Chapel, situated at Norwich
School within the Cathedral Close, will host Visitation (2008), while the final work, The
Quintet of the Unseen (2000), will be installed at the Undercroft, situated beneath the
Memorial Garden opposite City Hall.
All venues are open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Admission to all venues is free to
UEA staff and students when tickets are collected from the Sainsbury Centre. Usual ticket
price £6; £4 concessions. Tickets are available from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
and Norwich Theatre Royal. Other venues cash only.
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