A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and author of several books and catalogues on South African art, Hayden Proud is curator of historical collections at the Iziko South African National Gallery where his brief has extended to include the curatorship of the Michaelis Collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings at Cape Town’s Old Town House. His curatorial expertise covers wide areas of the collections, which also features British art and major holdings of 19th- and 20th-century South African art. He has edited and co-authored Revisions: Expanding the Narrative of South African Art, which focuses on the work of emergent black artists in the country. Proud works strategically with the historical collections to make them relevant to a new generation of South Africans by integrating them within thematic exhibitions and promoting debate on the colonial past and the transformational present. He is also engaged in teaching on a postgraduate curatorial training programme at the University of Cape Town.
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