Dr Paul Bayliss

Absa Art & Museum Curator, Barclays Africa Group, Johannesberg, South Africa
Four Season AL MarYah
24TH and 25TH JANUARY 2018
"Join me on the 22nd of March 2018 at Art Talks II: Evolving Cultures, Developing Collections alongside Collection Pictet, BMW Group, ING and Artzu Projects where we will explore the importance of collection development policy and responses to corporate art activities. Learn more on the overview page."

The Absa L'Atelier is South Africa's most prestigious art competition and is held annually for artists between ages 21 and 35

Dr Paul Bayliss has served in the role of Absa Art and Museum Curator since January 2011. His role as Absa Art and Museum Curator includes the management of Absa’s art collection of approximately 18 000 artworks, coordinating the L’Atelier art competition across Africa; and, managing the Absa Gallery, The Money Museum, and Absa Archives.

Dr Bayliss was responsible for the conception and design of the Money Museum that opened in Barclays Towers West, in the Johannesburg cbd, in 2011 and has written and published several, books, articles and scientific papers and has made various presentations and delivered papers at conferences internationally and across South Africa. His opinion on heritage matters is constantly sought after both locally and abroad. He is regarded as one of South Africa’s leading numismatic specialists.

His prior roles in Barclays Africa Group include General Manager: Consumer Education (2009 – 2010); Manager: Corporate Social Investment (2006 – 2009); Employee Community Involvement and Heritage (2004 – 2006) and Absa Group Museum and Archives (2003 – 2004). Prior to joining Absa, Dr Bayliss served as Acting CEO at Ditsong Museums of South Africa (DMSA) in 2002. He also held a number of senior management positions at DMSA. He has curated a number of visual art exhibitions in recent years both in the Absa Gallery and around the country. Dr Bayliss is a serving Council Member of Ditsong Museums of South Africa. Dr Bayliss is the visual arts curator for the KKNK.