UCL Urban Laboratory


Gus Casely-Hayford: Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2020

26 November 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Visualisation of V&A East on the East Bank, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Founding Director of V&A East, Dr Gus Casely-Hayford OBE, will deliver this year's Cities Imaginaries lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory.

This event is free.

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V&A East: a response to London's needs

The new cultural landscape requires a new type of institution, one that can re-energize its collections for new audiences and recalibrate itself to the concerns, rhythms, and modes of production of our new age. The V&A has an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build that institution, creating a world-first experiential storehouse of art and design in the form of the CRC and pairing it with an experimental partnership-based gallery and exhibition platform at the Waterfront at East Bank. Taken together, we will create a new campus for the imagination.

UCL Urban Laboratory and Culture Lab are working to bring an Urban Room and Memory Workshop to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the first phase of the UCL East development. Find out more about the facility on our website.

About the speaker

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE, the founding Director of V&A East, a museum and collection centre presently under construction. He was previously the Director of the Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art is a curator and cultural historian who writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on culture.

This event will be chaired by Urban Lab co-director Professor Matthew Beaumont.

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, OBE

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