Online Talk | Gus Casely-Hayford on Crafting the New V&A East

Posted in lectures (to attend), museums, online learning by Editor on March 19, 2022

From The Institute of Fine Arts:

Gus Casely-Hayford | Making a Museum: Crafting a New V&A for East London
Online, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 21 March 2022, 2pm ET

The Institute of Fine Arts invites you to a lecture by Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of the V&A East, a new museum and collection center in London. This virtual program takes place on Monday, 21 March 2022, at 2pm (Eastern Time).

Advanced registration is required–and available here.

A curator and historian who writes, lectures, and broadcasts widely on culture, Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE, Prof by Practice, SOAS, University of London (the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specializing in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East), is the founding Director of V&A East, a museum and collection center presently under construction. He was previously the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Over the course of his career, Casely-Hayford has been a constant champion for the arts. He has presented two television series of The Lost Kingdoms of Africa for the BBC (and wrote the companion book), two television series of Tate Britain: Great Art Walks for Sky, and has worked for every major British TV channel. His TED talk on Islamic culture has been viewed more than a million times. Former Executive Director of Arts Strategy, Arts Council England (Britain’s major arts funder) and ex-Director of the Institute of International Contemporary Art, he has offered leadership to both large and medium scale organizations. Dr Casely-Hayford has lectured widely on art and culture, including periods at Sotheby’s Institute, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck, City University, University of Westminster, and SOAS. He has advised national and international bodies on heritage and culture including the United Nations and the Canadian, Dutch, and Norwegian Arts Councils. In 2005 he deployed these leadership, curatorial, fundraising, and communications skills to organize the biggest celebration of Africa Britain has ever hosted with Africa 2005 when more than 150 organizations put on over 1000 exhibitions and events to showcase African culture.

Amongst a range of honors, he has been awarded a King’s College cultural fellowship for service to the arts and a SOAS Honorary Fellowship for service to Africa. He speaks widely, gave a SOAS Centenary lecture, judged the Art Fund’s British Museum of the Year award, advised the Royal Shakespeare Company on their production of Hamlet, and is a member of English Heritage’s ‘Blue Plaques Group’.

This program is made possible with generous funding from the Paul Lott Lectureship.

Internal render view of the central public collection hall in new V&A East Storehouse at Here East, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2018.

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From the V&A:

One of the world’s most significant new museum projects, V&A East will comprise two sister sites currently under construction in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Opening at Here East in 2024, V&A East Storehouse offers a new immersive experience, taking visitors behind the scenes and providing unprecedented public access to V&A collections. A short walk across the park, opening in 2025, V&A East Museum celebrates global creativity and making relevant to today’s world. Both sites are part of East Bank, the Mayor of London’s £1.1 billion Olympic legacy project, which will create a new arts, innovation and education hub in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. . . .

Additional information is available here»

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