Nottingham Contemporary announces new director

Following on from the hugely successful Alien Encounters exhibition directed by Alex Farquaharson, Nottingham Contemporary has announced today that Sam Thorne will be taking over as artistic director in the new year.

Farquaharson joined the Contemporary in 2007 ahead of it’s opening in 2009 and will be leaving to join London’s Tate Britain.

Sam Thorne will be moving from Cornwall’s Tate St Ives, a position he assumed in March last year. He is also a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art, a contributing editor of frieze, and he co-founded Open School East, the free-to-attend art school in East London which opened in September 2013.

Thorne will be only the second director at the Contemporary, which in it’s six year history has welcomed over 1.2 million visitors to it’s iconic building on the outskirts of the Lace Market, hosting artists such as David Hockney, Alberto Giacometti, Diane Arbus and JMW Turner. 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.

Before this exciting chapter begins for Nottingham Contemporary, there’s still time to check out Alien Encounters, open until the end of the year.

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