British Council appoints Emma Dexter as Director, Visual Arts

Replacing Andrea Rose who is stepping down after 20 years in the role

Emma Dexter. Photo © Carla Borel

Emma Dexter, who will join the British Council in September 2014, has run Timothy Taylor Gallery’s exhibition programme since 2007. Prior to that, she was a Senior Curator at Tate Modern from its opening in 2000 until 2007, curating exhibitions including Pierre Huyghe, Frida Kahlo, Luc Tuymans, and Bruce Nauman’s Turbine Hall commission. As Director of Chisenhale Gallery, London (1988-1990), and as Director of Exhibitions at the ICA during the 1990s she was an early champion of future British Pavilion and Turner Prize short-listed artists including Rachel Whiteread, Steve McQueen, Mark Wallinger, Gary Hume, Tacita Dean, Fiona Rae, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Mark Leckey.

As Director, Visual Arts, Dexter will lead on the British Council’s work connecting the UK’s visual artists with the wider world, including overseeing a programme of high profile international exhibitions, the British presentation at the Venice Biennale and the running of the British Council Collection and its 8,500 plus works of art.

9 June 2014