Nasreen Askari has been Director of the Museum since its inception in 1999. She has curated (and co-curated) major exhibitions including, (amongst others) Treasures of the Talpurs (the inaugural exhibition at the Museum), Qalam: The Arts of Calligraphy, Visions of Divinity: The Art of Gandhara, Threads in Time: Costume and Textiles of Pakistan, Miniature Painting: A Revival, Manasarowar to Manora, Ghilaf-e-Ka’aba, Jamil Naqsh: A Retrospective, Tale of the Tile: The Ceramic Traditions of Pakistan, Images: There and Then, Rebel Angel: Asim Butt 1978-2010, Sand and Silk: African Textiles from Africa, Labyrinth of Reflections: The Art of Rashid Rana, Drawing the Line: Rare Maps and Prints and A Flower from Every Meadow: Design and Innovation in Pakistan’s Dress Traditions.
Before she joined the Museum, she was visiting curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London responsible for (and co-curator) a seminal exhibition on Pakistan’s textile traditions, Colours of the Indus Costume and Textiles of Pakistan which was also shown at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. This was followed by an exhibition at the Paisley Museum in Scotland titled Uncut Cloth.
Nasreen has co-authored two books Colours of the Indus (Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1997) which was an Arts Book Club selection and remains in print and Uncut Cloth (Merrell, London 1999). Since joining the Museum, she has edited several catalogues, Treasures of the Talpurs, Jamil Naqsh, Visions of Divinity: The Art of Gandhara and co-authored, Tale of the Tile. The Ceramic Traditions of Pakistan and Rebel Angel: Asim Butt 1978 - 2010
She was awarded the President’s Pride of Performance Medal for her contribution to Culture and the Arts in 2008.