Director, Nottingham Contemporary
Sam Thorne is a writer and museum director. Since 2016, he has been the Director of Nottingham Contemporary, one of the largest centres for contemporary art in the UK. Prior to that, he was artistic director of Tate St Ives. Sam is a contributing editor and columnist at Frieze magazine, and has written widely about art, music and literature. He is also the author of a book about art education, titled ‘School: A Recent History of Self-Organized Art Education’ (2017). In 2013, he co-founded Open School East, a free-to-attend art school in East London, which in 2017 moved to Margate. Sam is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Art History at the University of Nottingham.
Broadcaster & Journalist
MP & Former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
Chair, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council
Portfolio Chair & Entrepreneur
Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government
Vice-Principal of King's College London and Trustee of the V & A Museum