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The Curious Duke gallery | Secret Art Prize

In its inaugural year, Curious Duke Gallery is proud to present The Secret Art Prize that celebrates emerging urban surreal artistic talents. Breaking away from the trope of traditional prizes we want to offer new talent the opportunity to exhibit and flourish within their practice. All unrepresented artists are welcome to enter the competition.

The secret art prize notion is not just to uncover unrepresented hidden talent but also see more fine art work on the streets of London. Eleni, owner of the Curious Duke Gallery, states

“The idea was initially inspired by Richard Reeds Art Everywhere project. It was great to see fine art in very public spaces and not confined to the walls of a gallery. I thought I could take this project further and mix fine art with the current street art trend that we are currently experiencing and put the physical piece of art onto the streets, one that is removable and can then be put into a home or gallery context, and really bridge the gap between fine art and street art. Street art now is so accessible to everyone, it has become part of our everyday life and surroundings, yet walking into an art gallery is still seen as quite an intimidating visit so I wanted to blur these barriers.”

Having founded Curious Duke Gallery in 2011, Eleni Duke has cemented her position on the UK art scene as championing surreal and urban art work, and taking on artists who have many years’ experience to no experience of exhibiting and selling their work. Duke’s nurturing approach to young talent has seen her nominated for Micro Business of the Year 2013, with her artists taking to the air waves on BBC radio and featured in London’s press.

This constant search for talent and its growth has led CDG to launch their very own art prize. The overall winner of The Secret Art Prize will be selected from the following categories; drawing, mixed media, painting, and print making, with the addition of The People’s Choice award which will be voted on by the public via a page. The judging panel will decide on the overall winner and winners from the sub categories who will go onto become the selected artists for the group exhibition at Curious Duke Gallery this September.

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  • : Everything that seams ordinary it is a challenge for me, to transform it in something extraordinary!
  • : I am working on it! I'm currently trying to put together my first solo exhibition, I want to dedicate it to women artists, performers, activists, working in the London underground circuit, as I have been painting Icons for some time now, I would like to show some "underground icons" , I have been in contact with some lovely ladies on social networks, who agreed to take part, I just need a suitable venue!
  • : Bertolini
  • : http://www.raffaella-art.co.uk
  • : 66 South Worple Way ,Sw14 8PA, London, UK
  • : Painting
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Judges

Mary Anne Hobbs | Secret Art Prize
Mary Anne Hobbs
BBC Radio 6 Music Broadcaster and Art Collector
TWITTER - maryannehobbs

Mary Anne Hobbs is a passionate life-long fan and collector of art, and a BBC 6 Music broadcaster. She launched the ‘Art Is Everywhere’ weekender on her Weekend Breakfast show this year, the first digitally native art experiment of it’s kind, asking listeners to create original art inspired by the music on her shows

Her original Banksy is on permanent loan at Manchester Art Gallery so that anybody who visits the city can enjoy it. She says simply, she’ll know the winner when she sees it…

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Teddy Baden | Secret Art Prize
Teddy Baden
Street Artist and WXStreet Party organiser
TWITTER -

Street artist Teddy Baden’s stencilled dogs celebrate ‘mans best friend’. His outdoor works especially exude a ‘vivacious wit’ and ‘combination of humour and cynicism’… where ‘dogs wear snorkels and spew coloured paint.’ His more matured commissioned works however encapsulate the character of each dog in a more detailed manner. Not simply driven by a fascination with dogs, but literally viewing them as “Hairy Aliens, living amongst us”… his artwork is a celebration of an incredible relationship, of human society’s historic and endearing subsumption of another species.

Teddy has exhibited work regularly and internationally; he recently collaborated with the Dogs Trust charity to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their slogan “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”. He’s also known for his organisational and curatorial involvement for; the ‘Mutate Britain’ events, the ‘Robin Hood Tax’ campaign, “Whitecross Street Party” and the “Rise of the Non Conformists” annual exhibition in East London.

From the potential winner Teddy states “I’d be looking to see something exciting and new, maybe funny and unique- professionally executed- with the ability to work large”

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Tabish Khan | Secret Art Prize
Tabish Khan
Tabish Khan, Art Critic. Londonist & FAD
TWITTER - londonartcritic

Tabish made the transition from art lover to full blown art critic in less than two years. He has fully immersed myself in the London art scene and thoroughly enjoys going to see hundreds of exhibitions a year and simply states “the fact that I’m not bored is testament to the quality and diversity of art in London.”

Tabish has been writing for Londonist for over 2 years, with over 400 articles under his belt. He also produces a weekly top 5 for FAD and a weekly top 3 openings for Jester Jacques.

For this prize Tabish states “I’m looking for is an artist who can create work that elicits an emotional response, whether it be to make me laugh, sad or simply make me want to explore the work further. It should be art that can transcend its setting so it could work out in the open or within a gallery space.”

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Susan Mumford | Secret Art Prize
Susan Mumford
Founder of Be Smart About Art & The Association of Woman Art Dealers
TWITTER - besmartaboutart

Susan Mumford is an entrepreneur in the art world. She is Founder of Be Smart About Art and the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD). Her personal mission is to empower individuals who run creative enterprises. Based in London, she works with artists, gallerists and art professionals from all over the world.

As a judge of the Curious Duke’s urban art prize, she is looking for artists whose work is made capably, conceptually, and recognisably, who challenge themselves to facilitate ongoing creative development.

“Art is your life. Make it your living.”

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Sabina Andron | Secret Art Prize
Sabina Andron
Founder of arts education group I know What I like
TWITTER - sabinaandron

Sabina Andron is a PhD researcher at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, with a project on street art, graffiti and their relation to public spaces. She runs the London based arts education group I Know What I Like, for which she has organised over 150 events and gallery visits over the past two years. Sabina has a background in literature and visual culture and is also a keen photographer of city surfaces.

Sabina states “I am looking for someone who can create visually compelling art that makes an impression without needing a supportive statement.”

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Daniela Fetta | Secret Art Prize
Daniela Fetta
Visual Arts Marketing Assistant for the Barbican Centre
TWITTER - barbicancentre

Daniela works within the Visual Arts marketing department at the Barbican Centre London. Having working on all the exhibitions in both Barbican Art Gallery, the Curve and the 3 cinema’s– including the highly successful and popular recent shows rAndom International’s Rain Room, Leandro Erlich’s Dalston House and Pop Art Design which included works from Peter Blake,  Richard Hamilton and Roy Lichtenstein. Daniela works across print, online and social media, among many other things.

She states that she’d like to see something with an abundance of personality that draws your attention in and makes you want to explore more with the ability to complement any surrounding.

      • daniela
    • : Everything that seams ordinary it is a challenge for me, to transform it in something extraordinary!
    • : I am working on it! I'm currently trying to put together my first solo exhibition, I want to dedicate it to women artists, performers, activists, working in the London underground circuit, as I have been painting Icons for some time now, I would like to show some "underground icons" , I have been in contact with some lovely ladies on social networks, who agreed to take part, I just need a suitable venue!
    • : Bertolini
    • : http://www.raffaella-art.co.uk
    • : 66 South Worple Way ,Sw14 8PA, London, UK
    • : Painting
        • Raffaella-Bertolini-resized

    Prize

    The Secret Art Prize will 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 Cowling and Wilcox, a cash prize, and a commission to exhibit at this year’s WXSP Rise of the non-conformists which is sponsored by the Art’s Council UK. A prize amounting to a total of £1700.

    The prizes are:

    • £500 cash prize made payable to the winner
    • 1 year Be Smart About Art membership and 4x one hour mentoring sessions with BSAA founder and art world expert Susan Mumford
    • Representation and one month group show with Curious Duke gallery
    • 8ftx8ft board at WXSP Rise of the non-conformists exhibition, 19th/20th July, with exhibition running until September
    • Art supplies courtesy of sponsor Cowling and Wilcox who will also be supplying the materials for the 8ft commission from the WXSP.

    WINNER

    Mohammed Sami – Immigrant 2013 Acrylic on Canvas

    RUNNERS UP

    Olivia Yu - The Pac-Man Race 2014 - Acrylic, oil & pigment on canvas

    Cherrelle Sappleton – Why So Sad – Mixed Media

    Rosanna Dean - Yantra 1 Beyond our Bodies – Oil on Canvas

    Aidan Myers – Untitled – Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

    Novemto – Take Your Step – Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas

    Blandine Bardeau - Oh, Soleil Levant - Acrylic, neoprene, dressmaker’s pins on translucent polyester

    Johnathan Reiner – Kid Spirit II – Zoro – Screen Print

    Karolina Zglobicka - Symptoms Of Cholera – Oil On Canvas

    Martha Zmpounou – Hat - Ink, acrylic, watercolour, coloured pencils and collage on paper

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    FAQs

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

    What dates do I need to remember?

    The Secret Art Prize – Launch Tuesday 18th March, with applications welcome from 11am.
    Submission deadline- Tuesday 17th June 12 midnight.

    Winners announced- Tuesday 24th June 12 noon via social media.

    WXSP Rise of the Non conformists- 19th and 20th July 2014, with exhibition running until weekend of 7th September. Installation dates are 12&13th July, with delivery of work by 9th July.

    Secret Art Prize exhibition- Thursday 4th – Saturday 27th September 2014.

    How do I apply?
    Please see our Apply page here.
    Submission of art work
    Please submit work through the application page, we ask for one piece at £10.00, with one front on image.
    How do I pay?
    All payments must be made through paypal.
    How are the winners decided?
    There will be one overall winner with a runner up chosen in each of the catergories: Painting, print making, drawing, mixed media and the People’s Choice. 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.
    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 September.
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