Adriana Cerne & Lindsay Moran are the co-founders of Leyden Gallery, which first opened in London in September 2013 in Leyden Street E1.
Adriana Cerne is an artpreneur. Prior to founding the gallery she worked for twenty years as a lecturer in Visual Culture and Theory at the University of the Arts London and at the Royal College of Art. Her feminist academic work has continued to underpin and inform her progress and ambition as a major London gallerist. Adriana has coined the term artpreneurial to describe her interdisciplinary work across the creative fields of business and art. Her current projects are the development of *ARTY - a new concept in curated Art Parties & *Risarts - an experiential arts retreat renovation and development in Montenegro. Adriana is a natural collaborator and enjoys networking as she loves to find value (for all) in new relations for business.
Lindsay Moran is an artist turned gallerist. After graduating in Fine Arts from Edinburgh College of Art in 1975 Moran moved to London and joined the pioneering Theatre of Mistakes as a founder member. He has remained working as an international performer in cabaret, film and TV and as an artist has been living in the East End since that time. Together their innovative skills and talents have developed into a special dynamic leading to their unprecedented success as Leyden Gallery over the last seven years. Over this time they built an arts community and established a creative hub under the auspices of the shimmering towers of commerce in the City.
From its very first exhibition the Gallery rocketed to attention, with artwork commissioned by them, from that show, going on to the Tate Liverpool. The gallery has since then attracted international and acclaimed attention. Leyden Gallery also specialises in representing women artists and Scottish Women Artists. The gallery has has also trail blazed a series of important exhibitions and events, never shying away from important debates, such as art censorship and the presentation of the body in art along with its cultural undercurrents relating to LGBTQ and feminism. This has created a fount of exciting and pioneering collaborations in the events world. Leyden Gallery’s development as a Culture House has continued to attract some of the best emerging artists currently working and its unique programme of supporting emerging artists through mentorship and exhibitions has resulted in it being one of the first places for collectors to seek out art from new and raw talent that has not yet been discovered elsewhere.
Many of the artists they have worked with have gone on and continue to build great success in the highly competitive world of the art market.
Leyden Gallery’s exceptional emerging artists programme Platform for Emerging Arts has since its inception been at the heart of the gallery’s mission and ethos of seeking out and supporting new talent, both home-grown and international. The fact that these artists can then be incorporated into the gallery stable alongside such stellar and historically important artists, such as Henry Moore, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Paula Rego, Nan Goldin, & Leonor Fini is remarkably rare.
The gallery is currently bridging an existence as a nomadic gallery and a collaborative organisation. Always highly innovative and ambitious the gallery welcomes you to join us as we develop a new online presence. Future plans include the major re-opening of Leyden Gallery in London (planned 2021) and current expansion has seen their newly engaged International operations in a new Edinburgh office, which opened in January 2020.