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40 Under 40 Global

Sam Thorne

7 September 2017

33 | Director, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

Since becoming director of Nottingham Contemporary in early 2016, Sam Thorne has shown a commitment to cutting-edge contemporary art – working with artists such as Lara Favaretto and Wu Tsang – and to revisiting post-war art history, not least with ‘The Place Is Here’ (2017), which rethought black British art from the 1980s. Before being appointed artistic director of Tate St Ives in 2014, Thorne was associate editor of Frieze – to which he remains a contributing editor – and a co-founder of Open School East. He maintains a keen interest in arts education; School: Conversations on Self-Organised Art Education (Sternberg Press) was published this summer.

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