Augustus Casely-Hayford (Gus )

Augustus  Casely-Hayford (Gus )
Historian, Lecturer
Principal country concerned : Column : History/society, Arts and crafts
United Kingdom

Augustus Casely-Hayford is a Ghanaian-born British Curator and cultural historian and Executive Director, Arts Strategy, of Arts Council England. He is the grandson of J E Casely-Hayford (1866–1930), the great Gold Coast Nationalist, thinker, writer and politician who founded the National congress of the British West Africa (NCBWA).

Gus Casely-Hayford, an art historian holds PhD in African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and a number of degrees and MA courses in international culture.

He has presented in television and radio and written widely on African culture. Former Executive Director of Arts Strategy, Arts Council England, and Ex - Director of the Institute of International Contemporary Art (inIVA), Augustus Casely-Hayford has offered leadership to some of the most high profile arts organisations in Britain.
He has advised the United Nations and the Canadian, Dutch and Norwegian Arts Councils and the Tate Gallery. Prior to joining inIVA he initiated, and became the Director of Africa 05, the largest African arts season ever hosted in Britain, when over 150 venues collaborated to host more than 1000 events.
Casely Hayford is currently a Research Associate at SOAS, is a member of Tate Britain Council and is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. His second Lost Kingdoms of Africa series was broadcast on the BBC in early 2012 and accompanying book is available published by Bantam.

He has directed and produced arts programmes for the BBC and Channel 4 and is a member of Tate Britainуs Council and a Clore Fellow. Gus has lectured at the Royal College of Art, Sothebyуs Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College. 

He is the brother of fashion designer Joe Casely-Hayford, O.B.E. Margaret Casely-Hayford, formerly legal counsel for Chelsea FC and Peter Casely-Hayford TV producer, Panorama.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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