Ceri Hand is currently Director of Programmes, Somerset House, London and has over twenty-seven years’ experience of working in the art world. Previous positions include Associate Director: Institutions and Public Relations, Simon Lee Gallery, London; Associate Consultant, Contemporary Art Society, London; Director, Ceri Hand Gallery, London/Liverpool; Director of Metal, Liverpool; Director of Exhibitions, FACT, Liverpool; Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts, Cumbria and Director of Make, London.
She has worked closely with emerging and established artists, prioritising commissioning and exhibiting new work, including large scale public art works, touring exhibitions and publishing catalogues, multiples and editions. She has curated over 250 exhibitions and events.
She has supported artists exhibiting nationally and internationally and was a contributing curator to Liverpool Biennial in 2004 and 2006 and contributed programme for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture in 2008.
She has a track record of fundraising and selling artists work to international private and national public collections and has provided mentoring services for individual artists and organisations such as Artquest/Bloomberg New Contemporaries; Manchester Metropolitan University, the Photographers Gallery, London and the New Art Gallery, Walsall. She has been a Visiting Lecturer and Tutor, having delivered numerous studio visits, crits and lectures at various institutions including Wimbledon College of Arts, London; Central Saint Martins, London; UCLAN, Preston and Sotheby’s, London.
She has served on the boards of a number of organisations, including currently Matts Gallery, London; Broken Grey Wires, Manchester; Made in Arts London, UAL; Malgras Naudet, Manchester; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Open Eye Gallery and Tate Members Committee, Liverpool.
Talks/Lectures: Central Saint Martins, London; Goldsmiths, London; UCLAN, Preston; Sotheby’s, London; Frame, Finland; UAL, London; Staffordshire University; York College; Bradford College, Manchester Metropolitan; Manchester Metropolitan University; Artquest/Bloomberg New Contemporaries, London; Photographers Gallery, London; New Art Gallery, Walsall; Greenman Festival, Wales
Prizes/Competitions: Soundlands, Wales; British Women Artists, London; Saatchi New Sensations, London; Exeter Contemporary Open; Shoosmith Arts Prize, Milton Keynes; Creekside Open, London; Catlin Art Prize, London; Tamman Art Prize, Kinsale Arts Festival, Charlie Smith Open, London; WW Solo Award, London.