Interview with Emma Dexter Director of Visual Arts, British Council on Folly at the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2017

Our Deputy Director Toby Davey recently met up with Emma Dexter, Director of Visual Arts at the British Council in their offices in central London to find out about the first recorded audio-described guide for the British Pavilion and the exhibition, Folly by Phyllida Barlow at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Toby first asked Emma Dexter to give a bit of background and history to the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, why the work of Phyllida Barlow was chosen to represent the UK this year and why the British Council wanted to provide access for blind and partially sighted people through the recorded audio-described guide.

Emma also explains in Toby’s interview how important an opportunity it was through the recorded audio-described guide to Folly and the British Pavilion to showcase to a wider audience why the arts should be made accessible to everyone.

In Toby’s interview you will also hear from Emma how valuable she feels the audio-described guide is to anyone to gain both an insight into Phyllida Barlow’s work but also how vivid a picture the description gives on how the work in Folly fits in within the surroundings of the British Pavilion.

Emma also hints on how accessible the Venice Biennale could be in the future for blind and partially sighted people and the potential of a recorded audio-described guide to the Architecture Biennale in 2018.

To find out more about folly by Phyllida Barlow and to listen to the audio described guide do visit – British Council Venice Biennale Explore the Exhibition web page and under the heading for access you will find a link to the audio described guide.

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