Director of The Photographers’ Gallery receives OBE

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Brett Rogers has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List for services to the arts.

In her thirty-year career, Rogers has been instrumental in establishing photography as a leading art form, both in the UK and internationally.

Rogers was appointed director at The Photographers’ Gallery in 2005, and to date has led the London gallery through a number of changes, including a move to new premises on Ramilles Street in Soho and an 18-month-long £9.2m redevelopment project, which saw the gallery transformed into a world-class exhibition and education space for photography. The gallery re-opened to the public in May 2012.


Prior to The Photographers’ Gallery, Rogers, who moved to the UK from Australia in 1980 to study a Masters at The Courtauld Institute of Art, worked at the British Council from 1985 to 2005 in the Visual Arts Department, where she was director of exhibitions.

During her time at the British Council, she was responsible for establishing its photography programme and policy, as well as organising major exhibitions that include: Anish Kapoor for the British Pavilion at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990; Look at Me – Fashion and Photography in Britain 1960-1997; and Reality Check – British Photography and New Media 2002-04.

Rogers regularly takes part in panel discussions and conferences on photography, and in 2013 was made a Visiting Fellow by the University of the Arts, London.

“This is a great honour and one that deserves to be shared among all my team, without whose support and commitment I could not have achieved all that I have,” said Rogers, in a press statement. “I now look forward to the next exciting phase in the evolution of the gallery, and its ongoing role in championing and developing photography as a leading art form.”

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