Win £1000, your work exhibited at Moniker Art Fair and representation from Curious Duke Gallery with 2017’s edition of Secret Art Prize.

It’s time to step up your game. Curious Duke Gallery and ‘Secret Art Prize’ are pleased to announce Moniker Art Fair as this year’s lead supporter and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

The winner of Secret Art Prize 2017 will get the opportunity to showcase their works within a dedicated space at Moniker Art Fair with curatorial support from both Moniker Art Fair and Curious Duke Gallery. In addition, you will earn full representation from Curious Duke Gallery and mentoring from CDG founder Eleni Duke, a £1000 cash prize, an artist profile in After Nyne Magazine.

Interested? Then submit your application before 11th June 2017 to avoid missing out.

Who can apply? 

The Secret Art Prize is open to all urban and contemporary artists. Disciplines welcome include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. We do not accept film and performance pieces.


About Curious Duke Gallery:

Having founded award winning Curious Duke Gallery in 2011, Eleni Duke has cemented her position on the UK art scene with collaborations with London based businesses, showcasing at the UK art fairs and joining the judging panel of all female street festival Femme Fierce. 2015 saw the gallery come second to the highly respected Richmix in the TimeOut #LoveLondon culture awards.

Duke’s nurturing approach to young talent has seen her winning 2nd place for Micro Business of the Year 2013, with her artists taking to the airwaves on BBC radio and featured in London’s press. The winner of Secret Art Prize 2017 will join this cohort of creatives with representation from CDG. Find our more about the gallery here.


About Moniker Art Fair:

Moniker Art Fair returns for its eighth year on October 5–8 at the iconic Old Truman Brewery in London’s Shoreditch. Building on the foundations of seven years experience and it’s continued success Moniker Art Fair has firmly established itself as London’s premiere event for contemporary art with its roots embedded in urban culture.

Over a period of four days this exciting spectacle will attract 14,000-plus visitors to the capital’s East End forming one of the major satellite events of London’s Art Week when 60,000 visitors descend on the city to form an unparalleled international art audience.


A word from our previous winners:

Stephen Whatcott:

“One of the hardest things as an artist is trying to get your work seen by the right audience, an audience with an interest in your type of work. There are so many artists out there with arms raised, shouting, trying to be heard. The Secret Art Prize provides a platform for artists to present their work to the right audience and the Curious Duke Gallery provides a great (and much needed) level of support for an artist to grow. It’s that combination that makes the Secret Art Prize really unique and valuable to an artist.”

Michael Vincent Manalo:

“The Secret Art Prize is quite ironic since it did quite the opposite of what a secret is supposed to be. Since winning the Prize in Photography in Secret Art Prize, I noticed that I had more interest in my work: more galleries, online galleries and even a contemporary museum has contacted me and expressed wanting to exhibit my work!

Gary Scott:

‘I can highly recommend entering the Secret Art Prize – taking part in it in 2015 was very rewarding and generated an incredible amount of activity on social media which was a lot of fun and great for the profile.  Making it through to the Winners Show was an honour especially given the high calibre of the competition and being invited to join the Curious Duke family of artists was the icing on the cake.  If you’re an artist creating distinctive contemporary work then why not give it a go?’



Otto D’Ambra
Artist and Tattoo Artist
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Otto was born in Milan December 3rd 1978. He graduated in 2003 at the academy of fine arts “Accademia di Brera” specializing in set design. He started working in 1998 as a set designer in various interior design practices. Otto never let go of his love for art and kept developing research in to a personal aesthetics of pictorial and graphic drawing. Fascinated by the concept of body art in 2005 he undertook, parallel to his work as a set designer, a career as a tattoo artist.

Otto’s work is the result of extensive research and experimentation to best render his most personal point of view.

He has always been influenced by surrealism as a lens through which to look at the world and the great possibilities it opens up. The drawings express a vision that is both ironic and critical. He creates images that are quite direct and of impact, made of immediate though simple elements.

Otto has been drawing since he was a kid, and always had fun experimenting with different techniques, colour and media, which brought him to etching techniques. He likes the contrast of a technique and style that recall past times and feels safe against strong impact images, with a surrealistic twist that are instead challenging.

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Tina Ziegler
Director of Moniker Art Fair & The Art Conference
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Having curated more than 60 art exhibitions working with over 300+ artists across Europe, American-German Tina Ziegler has built a reputation as a curator and fair organiser representing the most renowned international proponents of the Pop Surrealist and Urban Contemporary art movement.

In 2010, Ziegler designed and published Hunt and Gather Art, a hardcover art book featuring the work of 45 international artists, published and distributed by Mark Batty NYC. Since 2011, she has co-produced Moniker Art Fair, as a coordinator while producing and curating exhibitions within it each year.

Fascinated by the crossover of art, emerging technology and urban culture, Ziegler additionally launched The Art Conference in July 2016 to facilitate a platform for discussion and engagement within the contemporary and urban art worlds, and has more recently been appointed as director of Moniker Art Fair.

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Melissa Scallan
Arts writer, speaker and adviser

Melissa Scallan is an arts writer, speaker and adviser.  She has a regular column writing about contemporary art in Hedge, a luxury lifestyle print magazine for London’s hedge fund community, she also writes catalogue introductions, leads art tours and provides an art consultancy service, Art As A Gift.  Melissa has a passion for art and can be regularly found scouring galleries, fairs, exhibitions, shows and museums for inspiring artworks

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Claire Meadows
Editor in Chief and Founder of After Nyne Magazine
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Claire Meadows is Editor in Chief and Founder of After Nyne Magazine, one of the UK’s best-regarded coffee table arts publications. She is a regular commentator on BBC Radio Oxford and writes on arts/social issues for the Huff Post. Her third poetry collection for Urbane Publications, Leaving Long Shadows is due for publication in Spring 2017.

    Kirsten Dunne
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    Kirsten Dunne joined the Mayor of London’s Culture Team in 2012. She has a lead role in the development of visual arts and public realm for London and manages the Mayor’s flagship public art commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. She also leads on The Mayor’s affordable workspace policies. Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Kirsten was a Senior Officer Visual Arts at Arts Council England, where she led the development of an Art Market and Artists’ Sales strategy for London and oversaw a portfolio of 62 regularly funded visual arts organisations. She worked in the commercial gallery field for 10 years in Berlin, Dublin and London, representing artists such as Willie Doherty, Fiona Banner, Tacita Dean, Cornelia Parker and Dorothy Cross. Kirsten was a trustee of PEER for the last six years and has advised on numerous public art commissions and prizes. She is a visiting lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

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    As a youth growing up in Trenton, New Jersey during the 1980s, LeVine recognized the appeal of counterculture aesthetics including punk flyers, comics, graffiti and tattoos. Beginning in 1994, LeVine became an independent curator, organizing exhibitions at punk and alternative rock venues in the NY/NJ area such as: CBGB, Webster Hall, Max Fish, and Maxwell’s. By promoting these visual art forms through group shows in venues that were home to their musical counterparts, LeVine gave a home to this nascent art movement, early on. In February 2001, LeVine opened his own gallery Tin Man Alley in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The gallery relocated to Philadelphia in late 2002. In January 2005, LeVine renamed and moved his gallery to the epicenter of the contemporary art world, Manhattan’s Chelsea district. After 12 years in New York City, LeVine returned to his New Jersey roots and relocated the gallery to Jersey City. Jonathan LeVine is pleased to continue cultivating new and long-standing relationships with artists and collectors through exhibitions and special programs that go beyond the white cube gallery model.

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    More 2017’s Judges to be announced soon!



      Got a question about The Secret Art Prize? We’ve answered the frequently asked questions below, but should we have missed your question or you’re having problems applying, please email us on info@curiousdukegallery.com with Secret Art Prize in the subject line.

      What dates do I need to remember?

      • Applications open 2nd March
      • Applications close 11th June
      • People choice opens 1 July and closes on the 30th July
      • Shortlist created on the 5th August
      • Winner announced on the 22nd August, during SAP event at Hoxton Hotel
      • Moniker Art Fair 5th – 8th

      Secret Art Prize 2017 entries open in March


      How do I apply?
      Please see our Apply page here. You will be asked to submit one image of an artwork, an artist statement no longer than 100 words, and a link to a website for the judges to take a look at your portfolio. If you have any issues registering to apply, please email info@curiousdukegallery.com.

      Submission of artwork
      Please submit work through the application page, we ask for one image of your artwork with an admin fee of £15.00. Curious Duke Gallery reserve the right to reject applications of work that are deemed unsuitable for exhibition, be it explicit or antagonising, at our discretion. All work submitted must measure 2x2m or less. Please contact Curious Duke Gallery on info@curiousdukegallery.com should the artwork dimensions measure larger than this. Please upload artwork images as 600×600 px 72dpi. All entered artwork must not be available for sale running up to the prize and would need to be exclusive to Curious Duke should you be successful.

      How do I pay?
      All payments must be made through Paypal upon completion of your application, only after this will we consider your application.

      How are the winners decided?
      There will be one overall winner with 4 runners up. It is possible to win as the overall winner and the Peoples’ Choice Award winer. Due to the number of applications, we will choose 100 applicants to be put forward into the People’s Choice Award page for public voting, the winner will automatically go through to the shortlist of 10 artists to the judges. The overall winner of the Secret Art Prize will be deliberated by the panel of judges.

      How do the judges vote?
      Once applications close, the applications will be shortlisted to 10 to pass onto the panel of judges. The judges will award points to their own top 10,ordered 1-10 with the artist with the highest score winning. The gallery will then collate these votes from all judges to choose the overall winner.

      Delivery and collection of artwork.
      We ask that applicants selected for exhibition arrange the delivery of their artwork, and collection within 7 days of the exhibition closing. We can not reimburse costs.

      What does representation from Curious Duke Gallery entail?
      We nurture our artists, and work closely with them to push their portfolios and career. In daily gallery life we will have group exhibitions throughout the year, with annual Christmas and Summer shows, solo shows, mentoring, opportunities to meet all of the CDG artists, featuring of our artists and artworks on our social media channels. As an award winning gallery we also collaborate with companies outside of our Whitecross Street home, such as Timberyard, Look Mum No Hands and Hoxton Hotel. Eleni Duke and CDG have been featured in Red Magazine, The Telegraph, Le Cool, Inspiring City, Time Out, and T.V’s London Live.

      How do we choose the winner?

      Once applications have closed on 31 July, Curious Duke Gallery shortlists 100 applicants to take through to the coveted People’s Choice Award.

      The 100 long listed pieces are published on the Secret Art prize website, and the public can vote for their favourite. The piece with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award.

      Want more votes? Share your page!
      Next, our inspirational panel of judges, handpicked from across the art industry, choose the winner from a final shortlist of 10 applicants.

      The People’s Choice Award winner is automatically fast-tracked to the final shortlist. Our judges deliberate and decide the overall winner along side four runners up.

      Why is your image not uploading? 
      Do to the high volume of traffic we sometimes struggle to get the images to upload. If you have any problems go through the application and send your image to shona@curiousdukegallery.com and we will make sure it attaches to your application

      I can’t access the application? 
      Again due to the high number of applications our website is struggling if you can’t apply we will send you a manual document to fill out and upload it ourselves. We apologise for this inconvenience. please email shona@curiousdukegallery.com for this.

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      Overall winner

      – Work exhibited at Moniker Art Fair (5-8th October 2017) curated by Moniker Projects and Curious Duke Gallery

      – Gallery representation with Curious Duke Gallery

      – £1000 cash prize

      – Artist profile in After Nyne Magazine  (over 100,000 hits per month)

      – Mentoring from CDG director, Eleni Duke


      Runners up

      There will also be four runners up, with each artist having their work exhibited at Moniker Art Fair and representation from Curious Duke Gallery and mentoring from Eleni Duke.


      Wild Card

      There will also be the People’s Choice Award. The winner of the public vote competition will be shortlisted straight to the final 10.


      Who can apply:
      The Secret Art Prize is open to all urban and contemporary artists. Disciplines welcomed include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. We do not accept film and performance pieces.


      How to apply:
      This is the important bit. When applying for the Secret Art Prize 2017, please bear in mind…

      • We’ll only accept one application per person.
      • Your username should be the same as your artist name. This will be not be published and is for office use only.
      • You should upload one image file. It should be named ‘last name_firstname_artworktitle’
      • Include a short statement about your work and yourself (no longer than 300 words). Please remove your name from the statement, as we do not edit statements. It’s essential for all names to be removed before being published for the Public Choice Award or to the judging panel.
      • Include the relevant details of the artwork that you are submitting for consideration, such as title, medium, dimensions and price.
      • Include a website link to your portfolio for the judges to view.

      Have a question? Check our FAQs page here or email shona@curiousdukegallery.com.

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