Sandy Nairne is a writer and curator based in London. From 2002-15 he was Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, where he oversaw the considerable expansion of its exhibition programmes, the increase in its annual level of visitors to 2 million, the extension of its learning and digital work, and a number of very notable acquisitions.
He has worked previously as Assistant Director, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Director of Exhibitions at the ICA; Director of Visual Arts for the Arts Council of Great Britain and Director of Programmes at Tate.
Sandy Nairne has published State of the Art, 1987, the co-edited anthology Thinking about Exhibitions, 1996, and most recently The Portrait Now, A Guide to Contemporary Portraits; The 21st Century Portrait and Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners.
He is currently Chair of the Fabric Advisory Committee at St Paul’s Cathedral, and of the Art Advisory Group for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres as well as chairing the Board of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme. He is a Trustee of the National Trust and the Samuel Courtauld Trust at the Courtauld Institute Gallery.