2006-2009 Courtauld Institute of Art, London 2005-2006 Central Saint Martins, London
Art has been a constant feature in Charlie Casely-Hayford’s life: he describes how his parents made sure they visited museums and galleries both in London and wherever they travelled. This influence extends further to his uncle, Gus Casely-Hayford, who is the curator, cultural historian and newly appointed director of V&A East.
Charlie co-founded the international menswear brand Casley-Hayford at the age of 22 with his late father and acclaimed British fashion designer Joe Casely-Hayford and has a boutique shop in Chiltern Street in central London that has been designed by his wife, interior designer, Sophie Ashby.
His contribution to Cure3, The Space in Between, is arresting. He has taken this literal space that has been given to him and amplified it by leaving it empty and bookending it with models of a male and a female hand that are reaching to support it. From an art historical perspective, one can’t help but think of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco The Creation of Adam. In the context of Cure3, this symbol of humanity becomes even more poignant. Casely-Hayford says of his work: “Whilst not everyone with Parkinson’s finds that their relationship is affected, The Space in Between is a personal discussion about the barriers that Parkinson’s disease can cause between loved ones, and the journey and triumph of overcoming this intangible space.”