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Simon Groom


Simon Groom is Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. He joined the National Galleries of Scotland in 2007 from Tate Liverpool where he was Head of Exhibitions, and prior to that Exhibition’s Organiser at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.

Simon has curated numerous exhibitions of modern and contemporary international art, with a special interest in contemporary art from the Far East. He studied English literature at Edinburgh University, spent a year living in Japan and three years in Italy, where he taught English literature and critical theory at Florence University, before completing an MA and PhD in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

He has played an active role in many institutions, including Governor of Glasgow School of Art, Board member of the Young People’s Committee, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Member of the National Cultural Diplomacy Group and the Art Advisory Group at the British Council, and is on the Advisory Board of Art UK.


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