About Ceri Hand


Ceri Hand originally trained as an artist and has extensive experience of working in the arts and culture sector, with previous key positions including: Director of Programmes, Somerset House, London; 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 throughout her career, commissioning, producing, programming, exhibiting and selling new interdisciplinary, inter-generational work, including large scale live events, performances, public realm works, touring exhibitions and public engagement, participation and education programmes.

She has curated over 250 exhibitions and events and was a contributing curator to Liverpool Biennial in 2004 and 2006 and Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year in 2008.

She is currently on the board of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester is an Independent Member of the Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice Advisory Committee 2020-2024.                                                           

She has a track record of fundraising and selling artists work to international private and national public collections and has provided mentoring services for over 300+ international artists, groups and organisations including 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 and conducted numerous studio visits, crits and lectures at institutions including Royal College of Art and Goldmiths College, London; Wimbledon College of Arts, London; Central Saint Martins, London; UCLAN, Preston and Sotheby’s Institute, London.

She has served on the boards of a number of organisations, including 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.

She has judged a number of awards and open exhibitions including: 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.    

This extensive experience with emerging and established artists, creatives and arts organisations in the public and private sectors have resulted in an in-depth knowledge of creative production and a diverse network of experienced individuals to draw on and support you on your journey.

A snapshot of creative content Ceri Hand has been responsible for devising, programming, curating, and producing over an 18-year period.

Selected Programme: 2002 – 2020


Ceri Hand has conducted hundreds of hours mentoring artists and coaching with creative professionals. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), committed to best practice and CPD.

She is currently completing a PG Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching, approved by the University of Chester, and accredited by the ICF (internationally recognised as a hallmark of quality). The course is also approved by the Ministry of Defence’s Enhanced Learning Scheme and endorsed by the National Council of Psychotherapists, and combines psychological depth, academic rigour, and a highly practical focus.

leadership-hacker-logoThe Leadership Hacker podcast, Episode #37, The Art of Leadership with Ceri Hand
I discuss with Steve Rush my personal take on leadership, what experience has taught me and why I think difference makes a real difference.
You can listen to the podcast on The Leadership Hacker website

to-the-studio-logoTo The Studio Podcast, by David Auborn
Ceri Hand in conversation with artist Henny Acloque and host David Auborn.
Listen to this podcast on the To The Studio Podcast website


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