Maureen Paley: A Pioneer for London East End Art
American-born Maureen Paley moved to London in 1977, where the aim at the time was to gain an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art. Shortly after, she decided showcasing art was going to become her path and so, in 1984, she opened Interim Art.
The gallery was the first exhibition space in the scruffy area of Bethnal Green, in East London. It didn't take a long time for the gallery to showcase some of the artists that would become those who are known today as the YBAs - including Henry Bond, Angela Bulloch and Liam Gillick. The gallerist later developed the careers of Gillian Wearing and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Since its beginning in Maureen's Victorian terraced house, the gallery changed its name in 2004 to Maureen Paley in celebration of its 20th anniversary. From its very first opening the gallery’s aim has remained consistent: to promote great and innovative artists from all over the world.