View of sky and seabirds from window at Tate St Ives

Executive Director, Tate St Ives

Mark Osterfield


Develop and realise Tate St Ives’ vision, focusing on strategic planning, communications, fundraising, external advocacy and operational delivery.


  • Executive Director, Tate St Ives since 2007
  • 2006–2007: Project Director, Tate St Ives
  • 2005–2006: Project Director, Tate St Ives Phase Two, Cornwall County Council
  • 2004–2005: Project Manager, Kilburn Library, London Borough of Camden
  • 1997–2004: Library Manager, Swiss Cottage Central Library, London

Mark Osterfield was educated at Keble College, Oxford and subsequently studied Fine Art at Middlesex University. He worked in the area of community and mental health before joining the Camden Library Service in 1991.

Artistic Director, Tate St Ives

Sam Thorne


Leads on the development and delivery of the exhibitions and displays programme, as well as the wider public programme including Interpretation and Learning. Representing the gallery externally and internally.

He is a visiting tutor on the Royal College of Art’s Critical Writing in Art & Design MA Programme and a contributing editor at Frieze magazine. 

In 2012, he co-founded Open School East, an independent study programme housed in a former public library in East London, which provides free studios and tuition to a number of associate artists. Guest tutors have included Ed Atkins, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, T.J. Demos, Mark Fisher, Maria Lind, Sally Tallant and Ahmet Ogut. 

Sam has taught and lectured widely on subjects including exhibition histories, activism, education and art criticism at a number of universities, including Oxford, York, the Architectural Association and UCL

He has also contributed to publications including Bidoun, Kaleidoscope and Picpus, and written numerous catalogue essays on artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Rivane Neuenschwander and Tal R. Sam has organised a number of international symposia, lectures and music programmes, including Frieze Talks in New York (2013), and has chaired and convened talks at Tate Modern, the ICA and the Serpentine. 

Curatorial Department at Tate St Ives

The Curatorial Department at Tate St Ives organises the exhibitions and collection displays programme at Tate St Ives, covering major and emerging figures in British and international art through its exhibition and residency programmes. It also delivers displays and research with a special emphasis on the St Ives School.

  • Sara Matson, Curator
  • Laura Smith, Curator
  • Sam Cox, Registrar