Gus Casely-Hayford


Gus Casely-Hayford is an art historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on

culture. Former Executive Director of Arts Strategy, Arts Council England, and Ex-

Director of the Institute of International Visual Art, he has advised the United Nations

and the Canadian, Dutch and Norwegian Arts Councils and the Tate Gallery. He has

written consistently over the course of his career. Recently he has contributed to the

Tate exhibition Art and Empire, co-written and edited the book West Africa: Word,

Symbol and Song for British Library exhibition. He is currently expending the majority

of his energies in the development of a National Portrait Gallery exhibition that will

tell the story of abolition of slavery through 18 and 19th century portraits, and is

presenting a six part series on Landscape for Sky Arts.


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