About Ceri Hand

About Ceri Hand

I have over twenty five years’ experience of working in the art world.

My broad experience in managing arts organisations, curating, commissioning, producing, publishing, marketing, fundraising and sales across the public and private sectors means I have a wealth of knowledge for artists to draw upon.

Previous positions include:

  • Associate Consultant, Contemporary Art Society, London
  • Director of Ceri Hand Gallery, London
  • Director of Metal, Liverpool
  • Director of Exhibitions, FACT, Liverpool
  • Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts, Cumbria
  • Director of Make, London

I have proven vision and creative flair, having curated over 70 exhibitions, festivals, education programmes and over 150 events – the most recent examples of which can be seen archived at www.cerihand.co.uk. I have commissioned numerous large scale public art works, working closely with local organisations, councils, property developers, architects and planners.

I ran a commercial art gallery between 2008 – 2014, Ceri Hand Gallery, which was named one of the Top 500 Galleries in the World by Blouin Artinfo and Modern Painters magazine in 2013. My artists exhibited nationally and internationally, from MUDAM, Luxembourg to Camden Art Centre, London and Bonn Kunstverein, Germany. I was a contributing curator to Liverpool Biennial in 2004 and 2006 and also contributed programme for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture in 2008.

I have a track record of generating national and international press through innovative programming – from Frieze to Art Forum – and is well versed in giving interviews to print and broadcast media, including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, BBC and Sky Arts.

I also have a track record of selling artists work to international private and national public collections, including Arts Council Collection, Government Art Collection, Tate, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Harris Museum.

I am experienced in capacity building through establishing new contacts and partnerships, building brands and developing larger, more diverse audiences for organisations. I have been involved in the development of a number of building projects, working with the boards of arts organisations and architects on plans and generating funding for delivery. These have included Open Eye Gallery’s new waterfront building in Liverpool and Metal’s refurbishment of a working train station’s platform buildings into a gallery and offices, at Edge Hill, Liverpool.

I have an eye for unique talent and the ability to draw out an artist or staff member’s key strengths and support them in realising their full potential. A recent example is work done with artist Bedwyr Williams, who was primarily known for his performance works prior to joining Ceri Hand Gallery in 2009. Ceri supported his artistic and career development, resulting in solo shows at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and in him representing Wales at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia 2013.

I am frequently called upon to provide mentoring for artists including on behalf of organisations such as New Contemporaries, London; Artquest, London; ACME, London; Manchester Metropolitan University, the Photographers Gallery, London and the New Art Gallery, Walsall.

I have delivered numerous public talks and lectures at various institutions including Frame, Finland, UCLAN, Preston and Sotheby’s, London.

I have served on the boards of a number of organisations, including:

  • Broken Grey Wires, London/Manchester (current)
  • Made in Arts London (UAL), London (current)
  • Malgras Naudet, Manchester
  • Eastside Projects, Birmingham
  • Open Eye Gallery and Tate Members Committee, Liverpool

I have acted as a judge and selector for many panels, prizes and open exhibitions, most recently including British Women Artists, London; Soundlands, Wales; Saatchi New Sensations, London; Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter; Shoosmith Arts Prize, Milton Keynes; Creekside Open, London; Catlin Art Prize, London  and Kinsale Arts Festival, Ireland.


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