Sarah Munro was appointed as Director of BALTIC in August 2015. Munro has over 20 years’ experience of cultural leadership following a distinguished career in Glasgow as both Artistic Director of Tramway and Head of Arts for the city, where she led the bid to bring Turner Prize 2015 to Scotland for the first time.
Munro was Head of Arts for Glasgow Life from 2012-2015, and this role incorporated her role at the international arts centre Tramway, as well as responsibility for a portfolio that included: Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Gallery of Modern Art’s temporary exhibitions programme and the Merchant City Festival. She also led a team of arts producers that worked across some of the most disadvantaged communities in Glasgow.
As Head of Arts, Munro was instrumental in the initiation and co-production of ‘Generation, 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland’. This major series of exhibitions in 2014 was shown at over 60 venues celebrating a generation of internationally renowned artists that have emerged from Scotland in the last 25 years including: Martin Boyce, Cathy Wilkes, Douglas Gordon, Christine Borland, Claire Barclay, Michael Fullerton and Sara Barker among many others. The project attracted over 1.4million visitors and initiated a ground-breaking new model of collaboration between the National Galleries of Scotland, Creative Scotland and the wider visual arts sector.
Prior to this, as Artistic Director of Tramway from 2008 to 2012, Munro led the revitalisation of the centre’s public programming including visual arts and dance, which increased attendance at the venue by more than two thirds, and enhanced both their critical reputation and audience engagement. From 1996 until 2008, as Director at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Munro transformed the organisation into an internationally recognised space with a unique position in Scotland. Before taking up the Directors role at the Collective Gallery, Sarah was Projects Director at ARTLINK, Edinburgh and the Lothians.
While at Tramway and Collective Gallery, Munro curated, commissioned and produced over 200 exhibitions, performances and offsite projects; from working with and nurturing with emerging talents to realising complex new commissions for internationally renowned artists including Mike Nelson, Wael Shawky, Sarah Lucas, Lara Favoretta, Jannis Kounellis, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Christoph Buchel. From ambitious solo shows through to initiatives including New Work Scotland and Dance International Glasgow, Munro has created the conditions that both support artists to take risks, experiment and enable new models for artists and audiences to collaborate (One Mile Programme, Edinburgh; Albert Drive, Glasgow).
Sarah gained an MA (Hons) in Politics and Philosophy from University of Dundee and holds a PG Diploma from City University, London.