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Thursday, 15 October 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Online Lecture

Silence, and the Dynamising of African Creative Resistance

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE

In the face of enslavement, colonialism and cultural suppression, peoples of African descent have fought to maintain cherished cultural practices. 

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, the new Director of V&A East, tells the story of how that resistance came to inspire the creation of some of the most dynamic artistic practice of the modern age.

Image © Johnbod CC BY-SA 

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Gus is a British curator, cultural historian, broadcaster and lecturer. He is currently the Director of V&A East and formerly, the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2018 for his services to Arts and Culture.

He has presented an award-winning South Bank show on African art, produced a documentary on Chris Ofili for Channel 4 and presented several series on African culture for BBC World Service. He has presented Brit Art: Where to Now? for BBC Four. He was a commissioner of arts for the Greater London Authority.

Gus lectures on world art at Sotheby's, Goldsmiths College and the University of Westminster, and is a consultant for organisations such as the United Nations, the Arts Council and the BBC. He is a Clore Fellow and is a Trustee of the National Trust, a member of English Heritage's Blue Plaque Group and a member of Tate's "Tate for All Board". He is a Judge for the Art Fund's "Museum of the Year" in 2016. 

He was formerly a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and a Council Member of Tate Britain. He also sits on the Caine Prize Council and is a spokesperson for the National Archives' Explore Your Archive programme.

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