The Curious Duke Gallery has moved! Albeit just a few doors down the road from their old premises on Whitecross Street it means that the gallery is now home to a much brighter and lighter space at number 173.
For Eleni Duke, the owner and curator, it represents a brand new start and gives even more opportunity to showcase some of the best UK based emerging artists with an exciting program of shows for the rest of the year starting with the group show Curio-City on 20th February 2014. The show, according to Eleni, will feature a number of the Curious Dukes regular artists and aim to “represent the curious and the unknown and spark some curiosity because that’s what we do at the Curious Duke”.
Following that, solo shows from original talents such as Roy’s People, Tannaz Oroumchi and Andrea Tyrimos promise to bring a flow of unique and high quality art to the windows of Whitecross Street. This combined with an even greater presence at art shows across the capital and beyond, means that 2014 promises to be an exciting year for one of London’s most exciting urban art galleries.
The solo shows in particular will give the public a greater opportunity to get to know and to see at close quarters some of the galleries greatest talents. A solo show says Eleni “is always a defining moment in any artists career”. So, with three in a row prior to a large summer group exhibition, we can expect to see some spectacular art.
Curio-City – 20th February 2014 – 28th March 2014
A group show featuring works from Andrea Tyrimos, Dan Rawlings, Darragh Powell, Hannah Adamaszek, Kate Knight, Mark Powell, Otto D’Ambra, Roys People, Sam Peacock, Simone Webb and Tannaz Oroumchi kicks off the season of original shows at the Curious Duke.
Street Life by Roys People – 3rd April 2014 to 26th April 2014
Artist Roy Tyson is able to visualise a whole world in minature and ‘Roys People’ will be invading the gallery with views from an entirely different perspective. “It will be a really, really fun show” says Eleni “There will be little people hidden away around the gallery and on opening night we’ll be handing out little magnifying glasses for people to interact with the artwork, it’s going to be really fun.”
Hectified by Tannaz Oroumchi – 1st May 2014 – 31st May 2014
Exploring the maps and buildings of London and how the people of the city and the buildings interact with each other will be the focus of architect Tannaz Oroumchi’s show. “There’s possibly going to be some installations and we’ll think about ways in which we can tape the ground outside to draw people into the gallery, so this will be interactive as well” says Eleni.
Roadz by Andrea Tyrimos – 5th June 2014 to 28th June 2014
Playing around with the phenomena of artificial light. Andrea takes a lot of her inspiration from photographs and uses the artifical light within them to create a really distinctive urban feel. She will be creating a very much London focused show “it’s going to be pretty awesome” says Eleni “we’ve got a lot in store for her, she’s going to be doing some live painting and a lot of live artwork”.
The Curious Duke Gallery officially relaunches for Curio-City on 20th February 2014 and is now located at 173 Whitecross Street a building which also houses framing company ‘Taylored Framing’. Eleni Duke was interviewed at the gallery prior to the launch on Saturday 8th February 2014.