The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the town of Gateshead in North East England has named Sarah Munro its new director. Munro will replace the outgoing director Godfrey Worsdale in November.
Munro has been the Head of Arts for Glasgow Life since 2012, and was integral in bringing the Turner Prize to Scotland for the first time in 2015. Her role as Glasgow’s Head of Arts also included the directorship of that city’s international arts center Tramway, where she served as artistic director from 2008 to 2012. Prior to that she was the director of Edinburgh’s Collective Gallery.
In a statement, Munro said, “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity, not only of leading one of the best contemporary art spaces in Europe, but of playing an exciting role in supporting the cultural infrastructure of Gateshead and the North East of England. It was always going to have to be something very special to lure me out of Scotland, and [Baltic] is just that–an incredible building, highly skilled and knowledgeable staff, mixed with the warmth of the local people–it’s simply irresistible.”
Munro is Baltic’s first female director since its opening in 2002.