The British Council in collaboration with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to a public lecture by Emma Dexter, the British Council’s Director of Visual Arts and Commissioner of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017.
Emma’s lecture will look at her professional experience as a curator and her experience in building relationships with different artists. She will talk about the work of the British Council Visual Arts team and its promotion of established and emerging British talents abroad.
Using the British Pavilion and ‘Museum without Walls’ – the British Council’s art collection, as examples, Emma will talk about how to form an image of a country through international special projects and touring exhibitions.
The lecture will be held in English with Russian translation
Entrance is free with prior registration.
The lecture is part of the British Council’s Future Culture programme.
About the speaker
Emma Dexter – Curator, Director Visual Arts British Council.
Her career began at the City Museum in Stoke-on-Trent, England, where she devised a programme of contemporary exhibitions, culminating in an exhibition of specially commissioned work on the theme of the museum, which included works by Mark Wallinger and 2017 Turner prize nominee Lubaina Himid. For much of the 1990s, Emma was Director of Exhibitions at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts where she premiered UK public exhibitions by celebrated contemporary artists including Charles Ray, Luc Tuymans, Steve McQueen and Sarah Sze, and was an early supporter of Tacita Dean, Mark Leckey, Nicole Eisenman and Thomas Schiebitz, amongst others.
From 2000-2007 she was a Senior Curator at Tate Modern, curating Tate’s first large historical photographic exhibition ‘Cruel and Tender,’ as well as major solo exhibitions by Luc Tuymans, Bruce Nauman, Frida Kahlo and Pierre Huyghe.
She joined the British Council in September 2014 as Director Visual Arts, leading on the British Council’s extensive work connecting the UK’s visual artists with the world, which involves overseeing a programme of high profile international exhibitions which currently include exhibitions by Grayson Perry and David Shrigley, the British representation at the Venice Biennale and running the British Council Collection of over 8,500 works of modern and contemporary UK art used for exhibition and display worldwide.