Hello! I’m Ceri, the founding Director of Ceri Hand.
Having worked with some of the world’s most renowned creatives, I’m now on a mission to unlock the potential of artists and creative professionals like you.
CERI’S CREATIVE JOURNEY
I’ve been a curator, creative leader, and director of galleries and arts institutions. From publications to festivals to residency programmes, I’ve immersed myself in every nook of the creative world. This experience has gifted me an intimate understanding of the creative process — the highs and the hurdles. I learned that brilliant ideas alone are not enough for true fulfillment; we must embrace the process and learn to manage our minds more effectively too..
Motivated by this belief, I underwent my own transformation, becoming a certified life and business coach. Now, with my guidance, thousands of artists and creative professionals have taken creative risks that led to extraordinary work, attention, accolades, and sales.
You don’t have to walk this path alone — I founded Ceri Hand to help creatives like you transform both your life and your career. Are you ready?
WORK WITH CERI
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An online self study course for contemporary artists who want to start earning an income from their work. You get 95 video tutorials, 30+ worksheets, the course community, on-demand web and app access, monthly LIVE group coaching sessions with Ceri Hand.
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We offer positive learning experiences on a range of specialist art industry topics. Each one includes a Q&A and downloadable worksheet for all participants. You can also request bespoke talks / workshops or keynote lectures for groups of any size.
CERI HAND (SHE/HER)
Lives & works in Melbourne, Derby, UK
Founding Director, Ceri Hand Ltd
Director of Programmes, Somerset House Trust, 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
Director of Make, London
Like touch paper for artists and creatives.
CERI SPECIALISES IN WORKING WITH
MID CAREER PROFESSIONALS
C-SUITE CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS
“My career highlight was orchestrating the revolutionary summer programme at Somerset House in 2019, with five extraordinary exhibitions, new commissions, electrifying gigs, and captivating film screenings. We showcased the incredible talent and cultural contributions of generations of Black creatives. It was an epic cross-site team effort, achieved in record time through grit and determination!”
What are your top 3 tips for artists or creatives trying to make a sustainable career ?
CREATE EVERY DAY
Make tons of work, review and edit regularly. Update your website and socials in alignment with where you want to get to.
Ask for feedback, from as many people as possible, as often as possible. You learn heaps and it builds resilience.
If you want something, don’t wait for permission, take action, quickly, in small steps. Ask for help, we get there quicker together.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
MORE ABOUT CERI'S CREATIVE CAREER
Ceri Hand is a creative coach, mentor and speaker. She’s also the proud founder of cerihand.com, a haven for creatives to come together, learn to make a profound impact with their work, and earn more doing what they love.
The other hats she wears are of a trustee of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and an independent member of the Cymru yn Fenis (Wales in Venice) advisory committee 2020-2024.
Prior to establishing Ceri Hand, she held the position of Director of Programmes for Somerset House, where she orchestrated bold exhibitions, captivating live events, and a comprehensive learning programme across the whole historic site. Her leadership contributed to Somerset House’s rise to one of the UK’s top 10 most visited arts attractions, drawing 2.5 million visitors annually.
Throughout her career she’s worked with and commissioned new work from thousands of artists including notably: Hans Peter Feldmann, Gary Simmons, Angela Bulloch, Vito Acconci, Pipilotti Rist, Bedwyr Williams, Toby Ziegler, Dexter Dalwood, Chen Chieh-jen, Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, Sophie Jung, Anthea Hamilton, John Akomfrah and Black Audio Film Collective, Christian Jankowski, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sissel Tolaas, Shilpa Gupta, Salla Tykka, Candice Breitz, Yang Fudong, Jill Magid, Cory Arcangel, Jeremy Deller & Alan Kane, Naeem Mohaiemen, Ran Huang, Paulina Olowska, Claudio Parmiggiani, João Penalva, Mai-Thu Perret, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Josephine Pryde, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Jim Shaw, Clare Woods and Heimo Zobernig
As a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, Ceri Hand adheres to their code of ethics and best practices, ensuring our commitment to delivering high-quality coaching services.
We have just launched our new podcast – Extraordinary Creatives! Every episode, Ceri will take you on an amazing journey into the minds of some phenomenal creatives and social entrepreneurs who have overcome incredible challenges to make a lasting impact. You won’t want to miss this!