South Asian Decorative Arts & Crafts Collection
From the East to the East: beautiful South Asian arts and crafts housed in a former Victorian Skating Rink in the heart of Norwich
The Old Skating Rink Gallery has permanent displays and changing exhibitions of decorative arts and crafts from South Asia, from the collection of the SADACC Trust. Mainly dating from the 19th and 20th centuries and with a focus on the ordinary and the everyday, the exhibitions include paintings, hand-carved objects, furniture and textiles which give an insight into provincial and rural life in the Indian sub-continent and adjacent countries. At a time when many traditional crafts are declining as a result of globalization, the SADACC Trust (affiliated to the University of East Anglia through the Sainsbury Institute for Art) aims to record and promote an interest in the arts, crafts and culture of South Asia and neighbouring regions.
As soon as you step into this small museum, with a large museum shop – Country & Eastern – you are immediately transported from the east of England to the Orient. Vibrant colourful rugs and carpets, exquisite wooden carvings, lacquered furniture, textiles, and decorative and unusual objects jostle for attention underneath the vast timber roof of this former Victorian Skating Rink. A visit to this museum is a feast for the eyes. Make sure you take time to enjoy the building itself as much as the objects within it. Talks and tours can be arranged for groups on request.
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Other things to do nearby
The Old Skating Rink Gallery is just along the road between City Hall and The Forum right in the heart of the city. It’s about 10 minutes walk to Norwich Castle Museum, the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell and Strangers Hall. It’s also just 10 to 15 minutes from the River Wensum and Norwich’s super Riverside Walk, and from the lovely medieval street of Elm Hill and Norwich Cathedral. The Old Skating Rink Gallery doesn’t have any public spaces for visitors to sit and rest or eat, but there are many cafes and restaurants close by. The Greenhouse café, operated by the Greenhouse Trust, uses organic produce and caters for vegetarians and vegans and also has a shop selling organic and fair trade produce. Also nearby is Norwich market with food stalls a-plenty and Café Marzano in the Forum.
Recommended length of visit: 1-1.5 hours
Travel and parking
In the centre of Norwich 15 minutes walk from the railway station and 10 minutes walk from the bus station. No parking on site. Nearest paid car park The Forum, Bethel Street. Public transport is available, visit Traveline for full public transport information.
Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm, Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays. Admission free
Facilities and access
There is level/ramp access to the ground floor.