Vicky Sturrs is Director of Programmes and Collections at The Bowes Museum. She leads the strategic and conceptual direction for curatorial, collection and learning programmes and as part of this has developed The Curiosity Project; a capital refit designed to embed co-produced access, curiosity and connection at TBM.
Before that, she was Head of Learning and Civic Engagement at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead leading the vision for civic initiatives across Gateshead and the wider North East. Vicky’s practice-highlights include curating a series of play-led exhibitions with artists Pester & Rossi, Simon & Tom Bloor, Pippa Hale and Albert Potrony. Previously,
Vicky was Baltic’s Schools and Colleges Programmer for four years. Before that she held the Education Officer post at mima, Middlesbrough, for four years, was seconded to The British Museum and completed her Masters in Art Museum and Gallery Education at Newcastle University.
Vicky taught on Northumbria University’s MA Fine Art and Education for five years and consequently went on to manage Baltic’s partnership with the University and resulting relationship with the BxNU Institute; sharing vision for creative talent development, place-making, public engagement and artistic excellence. She is a trustee of Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company.
Vicky Sturrs will be speaking at the Creative Museums Summit 2024:
From passive display to co-produced storytelling
Objects are not passive. They tell stories. Individually and together, they conjure images and convey feelings. A year into a ‘turn’ to co-production, The Bowes Museum will share the practical steps that have helped the organisation embrace exhibition and display as a tool for co-produced storytelling and quiet activism. As a purpose-built museum with a designated collection, objects have traditionally been displayed in genre-based galleries using chronological curation. Through co-production with our communities, we have established thematic and narrative approaches to displaying objects, now applying practices in an initial six of the 19 gallery spaces. We’ll share our challenges, top tips, and future ambitions.