about us

Eleni Duke


Eleni Duke founded Curious Duke Gallery in 2011.

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University 2008. After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries/organisations and community arts centres throughout London, before venturing to start up a gallery to call her own.

Eleni also loves to travel, collecting art and the occasional sky dive!

Twitter: @elenicurious

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Shona Bland

Operations Manager

Shona is operations manager of all things Curious. She brings years of managerial experience and a long love affair with visual arts to her role. She comes from a performing background having gained a BA (hons) in Theatre Studies from Dartington College of Arts along with minor degrees in Visual Art and Photography. She's a pleasure to be around and loves working alongside artists in all capacities. You may find her running around a festival in a sparkly leotard during the summer months!

@blandey @shonabland

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Resident chief framer at Curious Duke, Craig Keenan brings not only his excellent pedigree in the craft of framing to the Duke, but also a diverse array of creative talent too. 

With a background in photography, visual art and printmaking Craig made his debut at Curious Duke by winning the printmaking catagory in the 2015 Secret Art Prize, with his unique style: blending cyanotyping and screenprinting.

Craig runs a screen printing business, supports Manchester United and shares his love of printmaking by teaching workshops.

So whether you need a beautiful one of a kind commission or a hand crafted bespoke frame to really make your artwork come to life, Craig is your man.  


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Francois Nicolaas Grobler

Artist in Residence

Francois Nicolaas Grobler our wonderful artist in residence, is a South African born, London based artist. Studied Fine Art at NWSAD Glyndwr University and graduated with a First Class BA (hons) Degree in 2010.

Francois is currently artist in residence here at the Curious Duke Gallery and is working on his portfolio for his Master Degree.

Francois also played in a world chess championship and came third! CHECK MATE!! 
Ricky Byrne

Design guru

Ricky Byrne has a chequered past: filled with an art degree in the countryside, screen printing in the city and a shadowy stint inside the belly of the corporate beast. 

Now safely tucked away in the back of house machinations of Curious Duke he spends his time taking care of the in house design work, keeping the website up to date and learning the ins and outs of framing. 
Out of the office Ricky works as an Art Director, printmaker and designer in an attempt to quench the unsavoury thirst he has to make nice things for nice people.

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