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Salon des Refusés

The 'alternative' selection from the hundreds of works entered into the Archibald & Wynne Prizes

The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works unsuccessfully entered into the Archibald Prize. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year. The S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney art scene.

Each year, our panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Our panel curates an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition. The criteria for works selected in the Salon are quality, diversity, humour and innovation. Of the 822 Archibald Prize entries, the AGNSW Trustees selected 43. From 753 Wynne Prize entries, AGNSW Trustees selected 42 works. From the remaining submissions, our selectors have chosen the 53 works for this alternative exhibition.

The Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections of the ‘official’ exhibition. Works are selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation that examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.

Visitors to the annual Salon des Refusés exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award.



Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am to 5pm

Thursday 27 July to Sunday 15 October 2017


General: $12.00
Concession: $7.00
members: $4.00
Children under 12: Free

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