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Nottingham Contemporary Announces New Director

Nottingham Contemporary Announces New Director

Nottingham Contemporary Announces New Director

 
Nottingham Contemporary have announced that their new Director will be Sam Thorne, currently Artistic Director of Tate St Ives.
 
He is a renowned curator and critic who currently leads on Tate St Ives' exhibitions, research, learning programme and artist residencies.
 
Sam has a keen interest in art education. He is a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art in London, and has taught and lectured widely on subjects including exhibition histories, activism and art criticism. In 2013 he co-founded Open School East, a free to attend art school in East London. His book School: Conversations on Self-Organised Art Education will be published in May next year.  
 
Sam has also written widely on contemporary art and is a contributing editor at frieze magazine, where he was associate editor before his appointment at Tate. He has been a regular contributor to leading international art publications, such as Bidoun, Tate ETC and Art Papers, and has written numerous catalogue essays. 
 
Jack Kirkland, Chair of Nottingham Contemporary said:
 
"I am delighted that Sam Thorne has agreed to become the next director of Nottingham Contemporary. Sam's vision, intelligence and drive will, I believe, make this a tremendously exciting new phase in the gallery's history."
 
Sam Thorne said:
 
“I am thrilled to be joining Nottingham Contemporary as Director. I look forward to building on the extraordinary programme that Alex Farquharson and the team have developed during the organisation’s first six years, and to helping articulate the next chapter.”
 
Since opening in 2009 Nottingham Contemporary has acquired a national and international reputation for its exhibitions, which have been seen by over 1.2 million visitors. Artists shown in the galleries have included David Hockney, Alberto Giacometti, Diane Arbus, JMW Turner, Bridget Riley and many Turner Prize winners, including Steve McQueen and Mark Leckey. The gallery also has an acclaimed education programme that includes a partnership with both The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, and with many City of Nottingham schools and community groups.
 
Sam Thorne will take up the post early in 2016. 
 
For  further information please contact Lynn Hanna, lynn@nottinghamcontemporary.org, tel: 0115 948 9750.
 

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