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Secret Art Prize

Please note, if you are having problems applying for the Secret Art Prize, please email

Now in its second year, Curious Duke Gallery are proud to announce the return of the Secret Art Prize for 2015. Curious Duke Gallery, famed for their nurturing of contemporary fine art, surreal, urban and street art by artists in the early stages of their career and beyond, seek to support new talents and present them to a wider audience, often bringing street artists into a gallery environment for their first time. With over 130 applicants and following a highly popular Secret Art Prize 2014 exhibition, the most exciting new art prize promises to reach new levels.

Launching in January 2015, the Secret Art Prize is calling out for fine art, urban, street and contemporary surreal artists! We are welcoming entrants into our five categories: drawing, painting, print making, mixed media, and photography and it most certainly does not have to be conventional. The CDG family of artists delight in finding new artistic processes, pushing their practice into new mediums, subjects and continually seeking new grounds; we encourage the truly original. We do have some restrictions, so please do see our terms and conditions and FAQ’s below.

Deadline 30th June 2015

We want…

You, future Curious Duke artist, we don’t have to see a fully fledged portfolio or your life times masterpiece, we just want to see your potential. That is why we ask for only 1 image on your application, an artist statement, with supporting website links, blog or social media so that the judges can delve into your practice and get to know you as an artist, because we support you, not just your work. Our winners of 2015, one overall winner, category winners and People’s Choice winner will be championed for their talent and creativity, and their future. Enter now, and we may use your images for social media. Apply now and get seen!

The winner…

How do we choose who wins? Curious Duke Gallery compiles the completed applications to pass onto our panel of judges (meet them here), once applications have closed. From here, our urban and surreal spirited judges who specialise in a field of the Fine Art industry choose their top 10 artists using the Eurovision voting system; each judge will have points to reward from 1-10, with the person with the highest score winning the overall competition, and similarly the categories. The coveted People’s Choice Award is awarded on the basis of all entrants applications being made public on this website, and then gathering votes as people click their favourites to vote them up the score board. Please do share your page to get more votes!

This is CDG

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. 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 air waves on BBC radio and featured in London’s press. The winners of Secret Art Prize 2015 will join this cohort of creatives with representation from CDG. Find our more about the gallery here. But you will win so much more…

Secret Art Prize 2015 – The Prizes

The Overall winner will receive

  • £1000 cash prize made payable to the winner
  • Representation and one month group show with Curious Duke gallery
  • Mentoring from Eleni Duke
  • £100 worth of goods from our Liquitex.

Winners of the sub categories and People’s Choice Award will receive a place in the group exhibition this October 2015 at Curious Duke Gallery.

Have a question? Check our FAQs page here or email .

Want to know what our 2014 winners have to say? Read on…

Martha Zmpounou:

My involvement in the secret art prize competition and event was a very stimulating and fun experience. It was a pleasure to meet and work with Eleni and the rest of the team. Winning the prize was an extra reason to be happy besides being part of this great show.”

Blandine Bardeau:

The Secret Art Prize has been an amazing opportunity for me. I had never won a Fine Art Prize before, and I knew of Curious Duke through a friend of mine. She only had good things to say about the team.

I found out I was a runner-up and I was so delighted to be part of Curious Duke! It is such a great mix of abstract and representational contemporary art.

The team is excellent and thoughtful, always here to help, give you advice and support. I can only recommend applying. It is also great to have a one month exhibition in the heart of Old Street!

It helped me to put myself on the art map for sure. I look forward to seeing what the future brings, to do more exhibitions and art fairs with them.”


We are on the search for the next biggest urban and surrealist artist, is it you??

Apply today!

Deadline 30th June 2015.


Pierrick Senelaer
Pierrick Senelaer
Founder and Editor, Art-Pie
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French-born but living in London for nearly 15 years, Pierrick could spend hours in a museum or a gallery. So much so that he put together a site, Art-Pie. AP is a platform for artists and the grand public to share and enjoy creativity across the globe.

Most recently Pierrick’s been working with emerging artists to help them get discovered by putting on pop up shows. “I had the chance to organise my own art prize via Art-Pie last year. Beyond discovering hidden talent it was a lot of fun, so I look forward to getting involved with this one!”

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Hannah Adamaszek
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Hannah Adamaszek injects new talent and energy in to the street art scene with her female portraits; which bring a painterly style often found in contemporary art to the street art scene. Earthy tones and harmonious contours have earned Adamaszek’s works a place on many an outside space, from the unique Brandalism project to StreetFest and UpFest. And her unique canvases offer a calm feminine approach and emotionally-charged contribution to an art scene predominantly saturated by many a male artist.

“I think a lot of urban art can be visually sharp – I’m not sure if this is due to the male prevalence or part of its makeup but my work definitely brings in a softer female touch with emotion being brought into a sometimes a more aggressive world.”

Hannah’s portraits capture the sense of being, if only for a moment, where the beauty and timelessness of the world come into sharp focus. The women she paints are subtle yet strong, bold yet delicate; balancing these contradictions provide the individuality to each of her pieces. Hannah has been mentioned in publication such as The Independent, Free People and Daily Mail. She has travelled to exhibit in Spain, Belgium and Australia exhibiting her work. In 2013 she had her first Solo Show at Curious Duke Gallery in London and in 2014 her second at Fousion Gallery in Barcelona.

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Frankie Shea
Director of Moniker Projects - Founder of Moniker Art fair
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Since 2005, London born and raised Shea quickly found his place in arts management building strong personal relationships while developing the reputation of a dynamic roster of politically astute and emotionally expressive artists. In 2010 Shea launched Moniker Projects and Moniker Art Fair – the company’s annual flagship event with a focus on installation-based works. Moniker attracts some of the most renowned and talked-about artists, galleries and curators and has earned a reputation as the most exciting contemporary art fair with its roots embedded in urban culture. Shea has become known as a leading tastemaker in the public art world, has launched a string of celebrated contemporary art exhibitions, publications and arts programmes in connection with leading international artists and art organisations.

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Grant Pooke
Grant Pooke
Senior Lecturer in the History of Art & Director of Internationalisation, School of Arts, University of Kent
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Dr Grant Pooke is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, University of Kent, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a member of the Arts & Humanities Peer Review College. He completed an MA at the University of St Andrews and a PhD at the University of Southampton. Grant has authored and co-authored several books including Contemporary British Art: An Introduction (Routledge 2011); Understand Contemporary Art (Hodder, 2010) and Art History The Basics (2008, 2nd ed.2015). The latter was awarded a University of Kent Prize for Teaching Excellence and has been translated into Spanish, Farsi and Mandarin.

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Stuart Holdsworth
Founder and Editor of Inspiring City
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A street art photographer and journalist, Stuart founded Inspiring City in 2012 as part of an attempt to truly document the exciting urban art scene in London. Since then the site has evolved into one of the most exciting art blogs in the city focusing particularly on the wealth of emerging talent coming out of the East End. 

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    Secret Art Prize 2015 – The Prizes

    The Secret Art Prize will be awarded to one overall winner.

    Runners up will be the top 9 artists and will be awarded a place in the Curious Duke Gallery group show in September and receive representation from the Curious Duke.

    On top of this there will also be a People’s Choice Award who will be voted for by the public and also be awarded a place in the Curious Duke Gallery group show in September and receive representation from the Curious Duke.

    The overall winner receive representation from Curious Duke Gallery joining the likes of Hannah Adamaszek and Roy’s People, but they’ll also receive materials from our sponsors Liquitex, a cash prize, and a exhibition opportunities.

    The Overall winner will receive

    -£1000 cash prize made payable to the winner
    -Representation and one month group show with Curious Duke gallery
    -Mentoring from Eleni Duke
    -£100 worth of gods from Liquitex.

    Winners of the sub categories and People’s Choice Award will receive a place in the group exhibition this October 2015 at Curious Duke Gallery.

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    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 with Secret Art Prize in the subject line.

    What dates do I need to remember?
    Applications open – Monday 19th January 12pm
    Submission deadline – Tuesday 30th June 12pm
    Winners announced – Monday 31st August, time to be confirmed.
    Chosen art works to be delivered for exhibition – Monday 28th September
    Secret Art Prize 2015 winners exhibition to open Thursday 1st October
    Exhibition to close – Saturday 31st October

    How do I apply?
    Please see our Apply page here. You will be asked to submit one image of an art work, an artist statement no longer than 300 words, and a link to a website for the judges to take a look at your portfolio. Please select a a category to submit your work to: drawing, mixed media, painting, photography and print making. If you have any issues registering to apply, please email

    Submission of art work
    Please submit work through the application page, we ask for one image of your artwork with an admin fee of £10.00. 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. Please note that applicants represented by any other gallery in East London will not be accepted. All work submitted must measure 1x1m or less.
    Please contact Curious Duke Gallery on should your the art work dimensions measure larger than this.

    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 a runner up chosen in each of the categories: drawing, painting, print making, mixed media, photography and the People’s Choice. It is possible to win your chosen category, the Peoples’ Choice Award and be the overall winner. Upon submission your art work will be added to the People’s choice aware page for public voting. All other categories will be deliberated by the panel of judges and announced on Monday 31st August, time to be confirmed.

    How do the judges vote?
    Once applications close on Tuesday 30th June 12pm, the applications will be shortlisted by the judges to their top 10, and ordered 1-10 by themselves with the artist with the highest score winning. The gallery will then collate these votes from all judges to choose the overall winner, using the lowest common number per shortlisted artist.

    Delivery and collection of art work.
    We ask that applicants selected for exhibition arrange the delivery of their art work, and collection within 7 days of the exhibition closing. Once submitted, art works must be available for the exhibition in October. 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 art works 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, Le Cool, Inspiring City and Time Out.

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