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Advisory Board

Andrew Nairne

Executive Director, Arts, Arts Council England

Portrait of Andrew Nairne

Andrew Nairne was Director of Modern Art Oxford between 2001 and 2008 where he curated exhibitions by established and emerging artists from the UK and around the world. Abolishing the admission charge at the gallery in 2002, Andrew initiated long-term partnerships with schools and the local community and contributed to national debates around the role of the arts in education and society.

Previously he was the first Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, Visual Arts Director of the Scottish Arts Council, and Exhibitions Director at CCA Glasgow, during which time he supported the rise to international prominence of a new generation of Scottish artists and co-curated the British Art Show 1990 which toured to the Hayward Gallery, London.

A Fellow of the RSA, and visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Andrew has also held positions including Chair of the Visual Arts and Galleries Association and Trustee of the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney.

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