London’s Ceri Hand Gallery has announced that it is to close from 30 April. In a brief announcement, gallerist Ceri Hand said: “Due to a change in fortunes for our backers, we regret we have to announce the closure of Ceri Hand Gallery… This is very sad for us and our artists and no doubt may be a shock to many of our friends and followers.”

Originally founded in Liverpool in 2008, Hand relocated the gallery to London in July 2012, initially at a pop-up space in Covent Garden; the first show in London was by the artist Mel Brimfield. The gallery moved into its current premises on Copperfield Street, Southwark – formally home to Poppy Sebire Gallery – in 2013.

The gallery represents 12 artists, including Juneau Projects, Samantha Donnelly, Doug Jones and Henny Acloque. The gallery’s current show, which runs until 12 April, is Eleanor Moreton’s Tales of Love and Darkness.

Hand continued: “We’ve counted ourselves lucky to have had such a wonderful group of artists who make great work – and to have enjoyed the company, support and friendship of many other artists, academics, collectors, press and curators…

“Our brilliant artists will continue to make great work of course and Hannah [Pierce, gallery manager] and I will be finding new positions in the art world, so look forward to our paths crossing again. For the moment, thank you everyone.”

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