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New Director at the National Portrait Gallery


The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Sandy Nairne as the new Director of the National Portrait Gallery by the Board of Trustees. Sandy Nairne is currently Director: Programmes at Tate.

Sir David Scholey, Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, said
"The Trustees were fortunate in having a strong list of applicants and are delighted with the appointment of Sandy Nairne as the new Director. He has had a wide-ranging career in the visual arts including for the past eight years at the Tate where he has been closely involved with the many momentous changes there. He has considerable knowledge of British history and a wide range of experience in both historical and contemporary arts. Inheriting the splendid legacy of Charles Saumarez Smith, Sandy Nairne has all the qualities and qualifications to lead the National Portrait Gallery into an exciting future."

Tessa Blackstone, Minister for the Arts said, "I very much welcome Sandy Nairne's appointment as Director of the National Portrait Gallery. He already has considerable experience of working at a senior level at one of our great national galleries and he joins the National Portrait Gallery at an exciting time in its development. I wish him all the best for the future and look forward to working with him."

Sandy Nairne said: "I am honoured to have been invited by the Board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery to become Director. Following the outstanding achievements of Charles Saumarez Smith this is a great time for the National Portrait Gallery, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead it in the years ahead."

Outgoing Director, Charles Saumarez Smith said: I was very delighted to receive news of the appointment of Sandy Nairne as my successor as Director of the National Portrait Gallery. I have the highest regard for him as someone with long experience of arts management and administration, with a particularly good knowledge of contemporary art practice.

Notes to Editors
The National Portrait Gallery advertised for a new Director following the appointment of Dr Charles Saumarez Smith as Director of the National Gallery.

The Board of Trustees set up a selection panel, consisting of Sir David Scholey, CBE, Flora Fraser, Professor David Cannadine, Max Hastings, Professor Ludmilla Jordanova and Tom Phillips, RA (all trustees); Alex Stewart (DCMS) and Duncan Robinson (Director of The Fitzwilliam Museum). The final candidates were interviewed by the Board of Trustees before the appointment was made.

For further enquiries please contact Hazel Sutherland on 020 7312 2452 or Pim Baxter 020 7312 2448.


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