Adriana Cerne & Lindsay Moran are the co-founders of Leyden Gallery, which first opened in London in September 2013 in Leyden Street E1.
Since 2000 and up until 2018, Adriana was 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.
Lindsay 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 six 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.
Here, in this dynamic arts space, the city with its busy workers and local community and artists combined to make distinct and even magical events occur as artists and performers from around the world joined them.
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.
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; their support and approach 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 (now preparing its 23rd edition) 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.
What’s next? After six long years of work the innovation of the gallery is finally recognised and now sees the local council of Tower Hamlets and the City of London bringing a welcome flood of enhancement programmes to this historically rich and culturally diverse corner of the world.
The city does not sleep and neither does the gallery as it is now planning a further exciting and ascendant transition, which will see it move from its current location (but not far away).
This new growth period will see Leyden temporarily become ‘Hidden Gallery’. Whilst yet still remaining at the heart of this area – now however – they will be focusing on developing a new online presence and art store whilst spending the next two years working closely on their collaborative projects in line with both local and International organisations.
Their ambitious plans include the major re-opening of Leyden Gallery in a fantastic new physical space – whilst also linking Leyden Gallery to their newly engaged International operations in Edinburgh (planned for 2020) and later Montenegro, where an arts retreat and residency programme will be at the heart of the next stage of development (Risarts.com)