Award-winning Curator and Creative Director with over 17 years of integrated experience in cultural production, curation, creative direction, design, education and visual arts.
As a Creative Director and Design Lead, Ashley has conceptualized and executed award-winning global campaigns across print, digital, social, video, web, OOH and experiential for large brands like Universal Music, Sabian, Scotiabank, Walmart Canada, Bell Media, CBC, Virgin Radio and leading charitable organizations like TEDxToronto. With a flair for editorial, she also spent over eight years as an Art Director, producing national publications for Star Media Group.
Her design skills were most recently acquired by musical legend, Lauryn Hill for the design of her fashion collection celebrating 20 years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Curated exhibitions, immersive experiences, creative collaborations and installations for clients such as CIBC Square, Bombay Sapphire, 19 Crimes Wine, Samsung, The City of Toronto, Soho House, AfroChic, Manifesto Festival of Art & Culture, Artscape and more.
Curator for Harbourfront Centre’s 25th Anniversary of KUUMBA, Canada longest Black History Month celebration, and the 2019 Nuit Blanche Toronto—Ashley is responsible for introducing Toronto’s art scene to internationally acclaimed artists and art projects like Colin Kaeperknick’s Know Your Rights Camp (NYC), JR’s Inside Out Project (PAR), Nina Chanel Abney (NYC), Shani Crowe (CHI), Vince Fraser (UK), Mister Cartoon (LA) and Dubelyoo (ATL). Working within a variety of DIY spaces and traditional galleries to major Canadian landmarks including the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), CBC, Steam Whistle Brewery, Fort York, Yonge & Dundas Square and Toronto City Hall.
As a visual artist, Ashley’s own work has been featured inside establishments such as the Royal Ontario Museum, CBC, Toronto and Brampton City Hall and SCION Canada. She is a part time Academic Professor in the Visual and Digital Arts program at Humber College and has led the Creative Arts Academy for The Remix Project. She has been a featured speaker and guest facilitator for a range of forums including Mayor John Tory, FreshBooks, #MoveTheDial, AGO, OCAD, Ontario Arts Council, TDSB, The Power Plant, UofT, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, ArtReach, Artscape and others.