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National Portrait Gallery

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 09:30

Dr Nicholas Cullinan The new Director of the National Portrait Gallery

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, previous Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and co-curator of last year’s hugely successful Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern, was appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

The appointment by the Gallery’s Board of Trustees, which was approved by the Prime Minister, was made following the resignation of previous Director Sandy Nairne in June 2014. Nicholas Cullinan started his new post in late April 2015 and is the twelfth Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

Sir William Proby, Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, London, says: ‘The Trustees are delighted to welcome Dr Nicholas Cullinan as the new Director of the National Portrait Gallery. He is an outstanding curator and art historian, and has wide ranging international experience. We believe his flair and enthusiasm will allow us to build on the excellent work that Sandy Nairne has done over the past 12 years. On behalf of all my fellow Trustees I would like to wish him every success in his new role, and also express our thanks to Sandy Nairne for his outstanding contribution.’ 

Dr Nicholas Cullinan says: ‘It is with great pleasure that I return to the National Portrait Gallery, an institution that I have grown up with and where I first worked fourteen years ago. At a time when identity, shared culture and civic values are increasingly relevant to us all, the National Portrait Gallery is uniquely placed to generate a discussion by reflecting on our common artistic, cultural and social history – in short, on what binds us together. It will be an honor to lead the Gallery at a particularly exciting time in its development, to build upon its remarkable success and accomplishments and to work with its world-class team in shaping the future direction.’

Image credit:  Dr Nicholas Cullinan © 2015 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jackie Neale