This time we’re urging you to pop along to a little space with a delightfully warm and friendly atmosphere. The Curious Duke Gallery perches on east London’s Whitecross Street and holds a variety of wonderful showcases week-in-week-out. The gallery space, which is a good 300 years old, specialises in representing up and coming urban and surrealist artists from around the UK.
Run by the lovely Eleni Duke, Curious Duke Gallery is an unexpected breath of fresh air within an area of London well known for pop-up creative spaces. This is due not only to the gallery’s great vibe but also due to its lasting sense of character and welcoming showcases, all of which are of a consistently high quality.
Small galleries can come and go barely leaving a lasting impression. Curious Duke on the other hand, knows what it’s about. Its niche and ever-intruiging collections and exhibitions incite interest from all sides, plus, what the space lacks in size it more than makes up for by way of a vast online inspiration pool and brilliant roster of represented artists and creatives.
The Curious Duke website is a glorious emporium tailored to suit all your original and limited edition art purchasing whims, wants and needs. Browsing the many excellent pieces up for sale is an internet window-shopper’s dream, though making your mind up on which pieces to go for in real life could be tough.
Our advice would be to treat yourself by popping down to see the current exhibition and what’s on offer, then checking out the online art store once you’re home. Can’t go wrong with a bit of both, this place is after all inspired by your curiosity.
Opening hours Monday – Friday 11:30am – 6:30pm and Saturday 12 – 4pm
173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth