BAHM | 2.10.18 | Agustus Casley-Hayford
Augustus (Gus) Casley-Hayford is a curator, historian and filmmaker from London. In 2017 he was appointed as Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in D.C., for which he will take up the position this month.
He is a Research Associate at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he earned his PhD in African History and, in 2016, was awarded an honorary fellowship. He is the director and organizer of Africa '05, the largest season of African art in Britain, which including more than 150 venues hosting 1,000 events, acting as the successor of Africa '95. He presented an award-winning South Bank show on African Art and produced a Channel 4 documentary on the contemporary artist Chris Ofili. He is perhaps best known for his TV series, The Lost Kingdoms of Africa, for the BBC.
Hayford has served on the board of the National Portrait Gallery where he organized a show that traces the abolition of slavery through portraiture. He has also acted as advisor for the Tate, United Nations and Canada Council, and for 2015 British Library's exhibit, West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song.
Interestingly, Hayford's includes his grandfather, Joseph Ephraim Casley Hayford, MBE, a promiment Ghanian writer, lawyer and politician in support of the Pan-African movement. Sydney Casley-Hayford is a respected business and financial analyst in Ghana. His brother, Joe Casley-Hayford, OBE, a well-known British fashion designer who runs the label Casley-Hayford with his son Charlie.