Dr. Augustus (Gus) Casely-Hayford is a British curator and cultural historian with Ghanaian roots. He is a King's College Institute Associate (at King's College, University of London) and a Research Associate at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). In 2010, as part of the Wonderful Africa Season, he presented Lost Kingdoms of Africa, four 60-minute television programmes for BBC Two and BBC Four; he was commissioned to present a second series in February 2012. He wrote the book, 'Lost Kingdoms of Africa' in 2012, published by Bantam Press. He presented a study of William Hogarth and the 18th century for the television series The Genius of British Art, on Channel 4 in 2010 and hosted 'The Culture Show' for BBC 2 in 2012.
Casely-Hayford is the former Executive Director of Arts Strategy for Arts Council England. He was previously Director of inIVA (Institute of International Visual Art), a London-based arts organisation with a particular emphasis on international practice, which collaborates with partner venues throughout the UK and worldwide. Prior to this he was the Director of Africa 05, the largest African arts season ever hosted in Britain. He has advised the United Nations and the Canada Council, Council for Culture of the Dutch and Norwegian Arts Councils, and commissioned to develop the future audience vision for the Tate family of galleries. In 2012 he was a Jury member of the National Open Art Competition and the National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award. In 2013 he is the Chair of the Caine Prize.
He has formerly 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.
He 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 sits on a variety of committees and boards, including the Tate Britain Council, the National Portrait Gallery Board of Trustees and the Africa Express music festival. He also sits on the Caine Prize Council and is a spokesperson for the National Archives' Explore Your Archive programme. Augustus is a supporter of Sense International.
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- "Wonderful Africa Season". BBC. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
- "The Genius of British Art – Series 1 – Episode 2 – Art for the People". Channel 4. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
- "50 Leading British Ghanaians"
- "National Portrait Gallery – List of trustees". Npg.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
- "Membership of the Tate Board’s Councils and Committees". Tate.org.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2012.