Staff Profiles


Paul Bayley, Director

Paul worked at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and then in the Exhibitions Department at the Tate Gallery through to becoming Director of Visual Arts at Cornerhouse, Manchester. Since moving to London in 2002 he has worked as a visual arts officer for the Arts Council of England and Director of Projects for Art and Christianity Enquiry.

Major freelance curatorial projects include: Manchester Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice (2001); Cinerama: Isaac Julien, Cornerhouse, Manchester (2001), which led to the artist being nominated for Turner Prize; Yoko Ono: Morning Beams for the City of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London (2006); and The Film and Video umbrella touring exhibition A Light Shines in the Darkness (2015). Selected writings include: The Dark Monarch, Tate Gallery (2010), Contemporary Art in British Churches, ACE Trust (2010); Panic Attack: Art in the Punk Years, Merrell (2007); Linder Sterling Artworks, JRP Ringier (2006); and 20: Twenty Cornerhouse Exhibitions 1985–2005, Cornerhouse (2005).

Ashlee Conery, Curator

Ashlee  is a member of FormContent (London + Vienna), Curator of the Florence Trust (London) and independent curator. In 2013 she co-founded 7×8 producing a series of exhibitions and discussions drawing on intersections in art between Eastern and Western Europe. In 2016 she co-directed PANDO: EnclaveLab investigating proxies as an active method of withdrawal and artistic counter strategy. Other exhibitions include: parçalanmışparçaparçalar <> fragmentedfragmentfragments, with artists: Carys Briggs + Architect: Francis Field @ Pi Artworks, Istanbul; Between the Mouth and the Nose, with artist: Leonor Serrano Rivas @ Chisenhale Studios, London; we do not speak, but confine ourselves briefly to the surface, co- curated with: Letitia Calin @ ICA, London. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Neil Jefferies, Studio Manager

Neil co-ran tactileBOSCH Gallery & Studios, Cardiff for two years before moving to London in 2010 to study an MFA in Curating at Goldsmith, University of London. He won the Contemporary Art Society’s inaugural Starting Point Prize in 2010 and has previously curated exhibitions at Southampton City Art Gallery, Cell Project Space, and the Zabludowicz Collection. He is also currently Gallery Manager at Pi Artworks London.