The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead has appointed Sarah Munro as its new director. Munro replaces previous Baltic director Godfrey Worsdale, who after seven years at the gallery has become the new head of the Henry Moore Foundation.

Munro has been head of arts for Glasgow Life since 2012 and was instrumental in bringing this year’s Turner Prize to Glasgow, the first time it has been hosted in Scotland. She will take up her new role at Baltic in November 2015.

As Glasgow Life’s head of arts she is also director at Tramway, Glasgow’s contemporary art and live performance venue. She joined Tramway as artistic director in 2008; from 1996 to 2008 she was director at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh.

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.”

Peter Buchan, chair of Baltic’s board of trustees, said: “I am thrilled that Sarah has accepted the appointment as Baltic’s new Director. Her undoubted success in developing the lively and world class arts and cultural scene in Glasgow makes her the ideal person to join Baltic and build on the achievements we have made over 13 years.”

Munro will become Baltic’s fifth director since it opened in 2002 and the first woman to take up the position.

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