Lars Sture appointed as director of Kunstnerforbundet

After extensive deliberation of the 25 applications received, the board of Kunstnerforbundet is pleased to announce that Lars Sture has agreed to lead Kunstnerforbundet.

Portrait of Lars Sture
Lars Sture is the new director of Kunstnerforbundet — Photo: Kaja Bruskeland

- With Sture, we get an engaged, active, and ambitious leader, with a proven ability to work with long-term perspectives and a strong commitment to the institution’s core values. We are very pleased to be able to bring his experience, knowledge, and expertise into the organisation, says chairman of the board, Mattias Härenstam.                          

Through his many years of practice, as both a curator and artist, Sture has been responsible for an extensive range of exhibitions and projects at institutions, museums, and galleries both in Norway and internationally. In recent years, Sture has been appointed as curator at Norwegian Crafts where he leads the development of artistic production and is responsible for the organisation’s theory development projects and international exhibition programme.

Sture was an external consultant in the planning and establishing of the postgraduate education in jewellery at Central St. Martins College of Art / University of the Arts in London, and was later the programme’s first director of studies. He has since been affiliated with several higher education institutions in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Norway as tutor, instructor, lecturer, and sensor, also with experience as both a writer and editor. As an artist, Sture has exhibited extensively with his work being acquired by several museums, as well as public and private collections. Additionally, Sture has had several central positions in the contemporary art field, including being a member of Arts Council Norway’s professional committee for visual art.

Sture knows the institution well from before, including by way of curating the exhibition Everyone Says Hello in 2019.

- I am looking forward to taking on the task of consolidating and further developing the artist-run, non-commercial exhibition and mediation space as a powerful voice in the present. With its over 100-year history as an important platform for art, artists, and artists’ economies, Kunstnerforbundet stands out today as a significant art institution in the dissemination of the art field’s perspectives within public debate, says Sture.

Sture was educated at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (now Faculty of Fine Art, Music, and Design, University of Bergen) in Creative Curatorial Practice (2012), also with a graduate degree (1992) from The Norwegian National Academy of Art and Craft (now Oslo National Academy of the Arts), and a Higher National Diploma (1988) from Epsom School of Art, UK.

Sture takes up the post on 1 August 2022 for a term of five years.

The appointments committee consisted of Mattias Härenstam (board chairman), Ingrid Lønningdal (board member), and Anne Marte Archer (staff representative). In addition to Härenstam and Lønningdal, the board of Kunstnerforbundet consists of Mari Slaattelid, John Raustein, Geir Harald Samuelsen, and Margareta Bergman (deputy).

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