SCAN Decades: ‘Instituting Disobedience’ with Laura Raicovich and Sarah Munro


Tue, 28 February 2023




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Cost: Free


Type: Talk

Left: Sarah Munro, photo courtesy Mark Pinder; right: Laura Raicovich, photo courtesy of Michael Angelo.

SCAN continues its new public programme, DECADES, with a discussion between New York-based curator and writer Laura Raicovich and Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. Reflecting on their experiences of leading institutions through times of political turmoil, this session probes the question of what’s at stake when arts organisations uphold an image of neutrality. Sharing different approaches to supporting the survival and resistance of culture across contexts, Raicovich and Munro will offer their thinking on the pressures imminently facing the global contemporary art community.


Sarah Munro is the Director of the UK’s largest contemporary art producing institution, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Since 2016 she has led a powerful vision, enhancing the organisation’s artistic, social and civic mission, and ensuring that relevance and impact is embedded across the organisation. She has developed a new approach to the programme and engagement that responds to the expanded practice of artists and needs of communities. Previous to BALTIC, Sarah was Artistic Director of Tramway, Glasgow (2008–2015) and Head of Arts at Glasgow Life (2013–2015). She was Director at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, for a decade and began her cultural practice at Artlink, Edinburgh, where she was Projects Director.

Laura Raicovich is the curator and editor of Protodispatch, a new digital publication she initiated for the Istanbul and New York based non-profit, Protocinema. She is a writer and curator whose book, Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest was published by Verso Books June 2021. She recently served as Interim Director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, and previously was Director of the Queens Museum, as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the Bellagio Center, and the Tremaine Curatorial Fellow for Journalism at Hyperallergic.


Marking our first ten years of activity by looking to the next ten years, DECADES is SCAN’s new programme of free conversational events. Matching friends, collaborators and alumni in Scotland with the thinkers, activists and organisers who inspire them, each 90-minute event will centre an issue prescient to the lives of artists, art workers and the wider public.

We know that the past few years have seen our contemporary art community work harder than ever in navigating the compound challenges of COVID-19, Brexit and an unfolding cost of living crisis. DECADES marks a conscientious pivot for SCAN, making a space away from the present tense to envisage futures with expertise summoned from across disciplines, experiences and borders.

DECADES is an invitation to think laterally about the world we want to build and what tools we’ll need to do so. With topics expected to include the future of arts education, artists and the housing crisis, new visions for civic space and institutional power, each event will ask what conditions are needed to make a liveable world for all and a thriving environment for contemporary art in Scotland.

DECADES will take place over a number of weeknight sessions, online and in venues across Scotland, between February and April 2023.


This event will be held online via Zoom. AI-generated captioning will be available to attendees through an plugin.


Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.

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