The Winners



Michelle McKinney

'Pieces of Me'

















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'Quickening 1'









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'Dark Oceans 1'










'Gone to Earth'






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'The Waves'




Previous winners:

Alicia Gradon, Alexandra Gallagher, Blandine Bardeux, Craig Keenan, Cherelle Sappleton, Detlef E Aderhold, Gary Scott, Gina Soden, Hanping Fen, Isobel Cortese, Johnathan Reiner, Matt Crump, Michael Vincent Manalo, Martha Zimpoulou, Novemto Komo, Olivia Yu, Steven Whatcott, Tristram Aver

The future is vibrant: previous winners have gone on to some outstanding feats. Craig Keenan is now one of our top selling artists. He has achieved the opportunity to exhibit at the world renowned Affordable Art Fair’s, has been involved as an expert panelist in the Art Conference and recently had a sell out show for Print Club London. In 2018 Curious Duke Gallery will be hosting his largest solo show to date. Stephen Whatcott another nurtured talent has progressed to having his work at Affordable Art Fair's, being snapped up by business' around the world who want to laden their walls with his striking abstract creations, not to mention his first ever solo show in 2018 at the Curious Duke Gallery.

A word from our previous winners:

Stephen Whatcott:

“What sets The Secret Art Prize apart from the many other art completions out there is that what you stand to gain is not merely financial or that of experience, but of community. The vast majority of art competitions end in an exhibition and a material prize, whereas The Secret Art Prize has something more genuine at its heart. And having been provided with a platform to show my work, I am now granted the additional reward of a family of artists and art enthusiasts to discuss and further ideas with alongside representation and mentoring at the Curious Duke Gallery. These are genuinely valuable prizes for an artist to receive."

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?"

Blandine Bardeux:

"I participated in the Secret Art Prize in 2014 - I believe its first edition -  and I was so happy to have been selected by a great panel of judges. I had been wanting to work with Curious Duke anyways, so this way meant that I was gaining entry to the Curious Duke family. Eleni and her team are fantastic and I have learnt so much from working with them, from refining my work and what it is about to setting-up an abstract art workshop in the gallery recently! I also loved meeting fellow artists from the Secret Art Prize exhibition and keeping in touch via social media."