Ceri Hand Gallery History

Ceri Hand Gallery was established in May 2008 by Ceri Hand, in a converted warehouse in the docks area of North Liverpool, in response to the lack of commercial galleries in the city.

The gallery launched on 4 July 2008 with a group exhibition These Living Walls of Jet, relocating to London in March 2012 to a temporary space at 71 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2 (opening with Mel Brimfield: Between Genius and Desire) and finally moving to 6 Copperfield Street, SE1, in February 2013, (opening with Juneau Projects: The Infocalypse Stack). The last exhibition at Copperfield Street was Eleanor Moreton: Tales of Love and Darkness, which closed on 12 April 2014.

The galleries ethos was to support artists at crucial stages of their career in the development, production and promotion of new work, staging ambitious exhibitions on and offsite.

At the time of closing in 2014 the gallery represented the following artists: Henny Acloque, Mel Brimfield, Samantha Donnelly, Matthew Houlding, Doug Jones, Grant Foster, Sophie Jung, Hannah Knox, Juneau Projects, Rebecca Lennon, Jen Liu and Eleanor Moreton.

Other artists represented during the gallery’s lifespan included Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, S Mark Gubb, Mimei Thompson, Bedwyr Williams and Petros Christostomou.

The gallery delivered over 38 exhibitions across the Liverpool and London sites, which included:

- Eleanor Moreton: Tales of Love and Darkness, 14 Mar – 12 Apr 2014

- Samantha Donnelly: Rubbernecker, 31 Jan – 01 Mar 2014

- Charlie Billingham: Tender, 07 Dec 2013 – 18 Jan 2014

- Sophie Jung: Learning About Heraldry, 01 – 30 Nov 2013

- Hannah Knox: Buff, 20 Sep – 26 Oct 2013

- Summer Fete:
AGGTELEK, Henny Acloque, Diana Ali, Kjersti G. Andvig & Lars Laumann, Sam Ayres, BAZ, Charlie Billingham, Sarah Bowker-Jones, Oliver Braid, Jonny Briggs, Mel Brimfield, Helen Brown, Edwin Burdis and Heather Phillipson, Agnes Calf, Fiona Chambers, Nina Coulson, Calum Crawford, Adrian Dannatt, Anita Delaney, Deuce Deuce, Todd Diciurcio, Dominic from Luton, Samantha Donnelly, Alex Farrar, Grant Foster, Robert Foster, Patrick Galway, Paddy Gould and Roxy Topia, Susie Green, Julia Hayes, Catherine Herbert, hobbypopMUSEUM, Matthew Houlding, Kevin Hunt, Helena Hunter, Candice Jacobs, Ned James, Jasmine Johnson & Alice May Williams with Rachel Pimm, Amy Jones, Doug Jones, Harminder Judge, Sophie Jung, Sam Keogh, Jonathan Kelham, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Hannah Knox, Rebecca Lennon, Jen Liu, Rachael Maclean, Gemma Marmalade, Dominic Mason, Andrew Maughan, James McLardy, Sarah Messenger, Eleanor Moreton, Liz Murphey, Hannah Perry, Nathaniel Pitt, Juneau Projects, Bernd Reichert, Liam Richardson, D J Roberts, Pierre-Robert, Matt Rowe, Assunta Ruocco, Jamie Shovlin, Emily Speed, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Sam Treadaway, Sam Venables, Ricarda Vidal, John Walter, Cecilia Wee, Matt Welch, Welch/Whitaker, Bedwyr Williams, Jen Wu, Yangjiang Group. A special gallery stall will be run by ESP (Extra Special People), Eastside Projects and Grand Union (Birmingham), 17 August 2013

- Implausible Imposters: Jonathan Baldock, Mel Brimfield, Grant Foster, Sophie Jung, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Jen Liu, Bedwyr Williams, 12 Jul – 10 Aug 2013

- Fresh Trauma: Gabriele Beveridge, Edwin Burdis, Benedict Drew, Angus Fairhurst, Rebecca Lennon, Chooc Ly Tan, Shana Moulton, Heather Phillipson, 24 May – 29 Jun 2013

- The Everything and Nothing Problem: Angus H Braithwaite, Olivier Castel, Beth Collar, Chloe Cooper, Mary Hurrell, Rebecca Lennon, Louisa Martin, Francesco Pedraglio 25 June 2013

- Bedwyr Williams and The Starry Messenger, Collateral Event at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia 2013, 1 Jun – 24 Nov 2013

- Henny Acloque: Life After Magic, 12 Apr – 11 May 2013

- Juneau Projects: The Infocalypse Stack, 22 Feb – 23 Mar 2013

- Matthew Houlding: The Oceanic, 11 Jan – 09 Feb 2013

- Eleanor Moreton: I See the Bones in the River, 17 Nov– 15 Dec 2012

- Bedwyr Williams: Dear Both, 08 Oct – 03 Nov 2012

- S Mark Gubb: Third from the Sun, 31 Aug - 29 Sep 2012

- Mel Brimfield: Between Genius & Desire, 13 Jul - 18 Aug 2012

- Henny Acloque: Lugar de Culto, 13 Jan – 28 Feb 2012

- Notes Towards A Supreme Fiction:
Damien Hirst, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Maggi Hambling, David Hockney, Oskar Kokoschka, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse, John Baldessari, Henry Moore, John Virtue, Therese Oulton, Pablo Picasso, Paula Rego, Victor Pasmore, Albert Irvin, Bridget Riley, Julian Trevelyan, Gordon House, Anthony Gormley, Bill Jacklin, Graham Sutherland, Keith Coventry, John Piper, Patrick Caulfield, Ceri Richards, Jim Dine, Allen Jones, Julian Opie, Mimmo Paladino and Joe Tilson, 25 Nov - 16 Dec 2011

- Jen Liu, John Baldessari: Six Colorful Tales: From the Emotional Spectrum (Women),
16 Sep - 22 Oct 2011

- Memory of a Hope:
Andrew Graves, Angus Braithwaite, Anthony Shapland, Antoine L'Heureux, Bedwyr Williams, Clare Kenny, Dan Ford, Doug Jones, Eleanor Moreton, Elizabeth Rowe, Geraint Evans, Grant Foster, Henny Acloque, James Ireland, Jen Liu, Joseph Welden, Juneau Projects, Kim Rugg, Louise Bristow, Mary Griffiths, Matthew Houlding, Mel Brimfield, Mernet Larsen, Nevan Lahart, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Peter Harris, Rebecca Lennon, Riccardo Baruzzi, Rita Sobral Campos, Samantha Donnelly, Simon Faithfull, S Mark Gubb, Stuart Edmundson, Tamy Ben-Tor, Tessa Power, Vicky Wright, 05 August - 03 September 2011

- Samantha Donnelly: Shoulder to Shoulder, 03 Jun - 23 Jul 2011

- Juneau Projects: 3 Megabytes of Hot RAM, 08 Apr - 21 May 2011

- Doug Jones: Lares et Penates, 14 Jan - 19 Mar2011

- Rebecca Lennon: We are Stuck Here Together, 28 Oct - 28 Nov 2010

- Black Hole Hums B Flat: Henny Acloque, Mel Brimfield, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Samantha Donnelly, S Mark Gubb, Matthew Houlding, Doug Jones, Juneau Projects, Rebecca Lennon, Jen Liu, Eleanor Moreton, Bedwyr Williams, 11 Oct - 14 Nov 2010

- Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson: No Sign of Helicopters, 17 Sep – 17 Oct 2010

- If You Can Hold Your Breath:
Sarah Bowker-Jones , Karen Cunningham, Alex Farrar, Melissa Jordan, Pesce Khete , Elizabeth McAlpine, and Rachel Niffenegger , 17 Jun – 15 Jul 2010

- Eleanor Moreton: Im Wartezimmer, 9 Apr - 22 May 2010

- Spasticus Artisticus:
Jota Castro (FR/PE), Andres Bedoya (BO), The Bruce High Quality Foundation (USA), Graham Dolphin (UK), Rainer Ganahl (AT), Kate Gilmore (USA), Goldiechiari (IT), S. Mark Gubb (UK), Patrick Hamilton (CL), Ciprian Homorodean (RO), Simona Homorodean (RO), Rebecca Lennon (UK), Alban Muja (KO), Abigail Reynolds (UK), Guy Richards Smit (USA), Mauro Vignando (IT), Charlie Woolley (UK): curated by Christian Viveros Faune & Jota Castro,15 Jan – 28 Feb 2010

- Samantha Donnelly: Sheer Sliver, 12 Nov – 20 Dec 2009

- Bedwyr Williams: Nimrod, 17 Sep – 25 Oct 2009

- Henny Acloque: A Dressing, 2 Jul – 8 Aug 2009

- Matthew Houlding: Sons of Pioneers, 09 Apr 22 May 2009

- S Mark Gubb: My Empire of Dirt, 15 Jan – 28 Feb 2009

- Jen Liu: DRASTIC MEASURES, UNKNOWN PLEASURES, 30 Oct – 30 Nov 2008

- Mel Brimfield: Waiter waiter, there's a sculpture in my soup, 18 Sep – 19 Oct 2008

- Doug Jones: Inservi Deo et Laetare, 16 Aug –11 Sep 2008

- These Living Walls of Jet:
Henny Acloque, Craig Atkinson, Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, Petros Chrisostomou, Martyn Cross, Samantha Donnelly, Hayley Lock, Eleanor Moreton, Rebecca Stevenson, Mimei Thompson, 4 Jul – 2 Aug 2008

The gallery actively contributed to developing a market for artists in the UK through establishing partnerships with organisations such as Contemporary Art Society, NSPCC, Bentley, Royal Academy, Contravision and The Collective, delivering a challenging, dynamic programme of education events.

The gallery attended art fairs in Basel, Rotterdam, Cologne, Barcelona, New York, London and Manchester and artist’s work was placed in UK and international museum and private collections, including the Zabludowicz Collection, the British Council Collection, Government Art Collection and the Arts Council Collection.

The gallery worked in partnership with artists to co-curate group exhibitions, live events and to publish limited edition prints, books and catalogues, examples are archived and available here.

The gallery and artists received regular reviews, including Art Review, Frieze, Art Forum, Modern Painters, Art Monthly, The Guardian, The Observer and The Art Newspaper.

The gallery was supported by Paul and Jean Henry. Staff included Ceri Hand, Hannah Pierce, Lucy Johnston, alongside many wonderful interns, photographers, contractors and technicians.


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