Salon des Refusés 2016: S.H. Ervin Gallery - Art Collector

James Powditch, Catherine Keenan, storyteller (Catherine Keenan, co-founder Sydney Story Factory). Acrylic on paper and ply, 190 x 150cm.

 Each year since 1992, the Salon panel goes behind the scenes of the judging process at the Art Gallery of New South Wales to select an 'alternative' exhibition from the many works not chosen as finalists for the official prize exhibition. The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.

The Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections of the official exhibition with works that examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.

The Salon des Refusés follows the tradition made famous by Napoleon lll in Paris. He insisted that the huge number of works which had been rejected by the Academy for that year's Salon be displayed for the public to view and judge. The very first Salon des Refusés included works by Manet and Pissarro.

Visitors to the annual Salon des Refusés exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the Holding Redlich People's Choice Award. The winner will be announced on 15 September 2016.

  Exhibition closes: 18 September 2016
Location: S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney
Contact: 02 9258 0173

About S.H Ervin Gallery
The S.H. Ervin Gallery is one of Sydney’s leading public art institutions housed in the historic National Trust Centre on Observatory Hill, The Rocks in Sydney. The Gallery’s exhibition program is designed to explore the richness and diversity of Australian art, both historical and contemporary, and present it in new contexts. The Gallery is renowned for encouraging research and promoting scholarly appraisal of artists from all periods of Australian art history. In addition, the S.H. Ervin Gallery has developed an excellent name for presenting important exhibitions and programs that recognise the valuable contribution made by Australian women artists.

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