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Sandy Nairne

Director of National Programmes, Tate, London

Sandy Nairne (Co-Chair) is director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom, the world's most comprehensive collection of portraits. Previously, Mr. Nairne was director of national and international programs for Tate galleries in London, which house the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day, and the national collection of international modern art. He also served as director of exhibitions for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. From 1987 to 1992, he was director of visual arts at the Arts Council of Great Britain. He has also worked as a freelance curator and writer and was author of the six-part television series and book entitled State of the Art. In 1993, he held a senior research fellowship from the Getty Grant Program. His anthology of essays with Reesa Greenberg and Bruce Ferguson, Thinking About Exhibitions, was published in 1996. Mr. Nairne is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Visual Arts and Galleries Association. He received an M.A. in history and economics from Oxford University. Mr. Nairne served on the faculty of Salzburg Seminar Session 387, Museums in the 21st Century, 2001, and the Cultural Institutions in Transition Planning Meeting, 2002.