What: Salon des Refusés


The irreverent and playful rabble-rouser of the Archibald’s, the Salon des Refusés comes to Victoria for the first time.  Showcasing ‘the ones that got away’, the exhibition is a prized selection of the humorous, innovative, mad, bad and dangerous entries that were too fabulous to resist. To be shown exclusively at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, the works torn from obscurity include portraits of Robert Forster, Catherine Martin and Carlotta, a sculpture of a homeless man by Paul Trefry that was poignantly entered into the Wynne landscape prize, a portrait of Dr Starvos Kyrimis, Consul-General of Greece, as well as Christopher Pyett’s sensitive portrait of Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty.

The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald and Wynne Prizes not selected for hanging in the official exhibition. Each year a panel is invited to go behind the scenes to select an exhibition from the many works entered but not chosen for the official awards. The criteria for works selected in the Salon are quality, diversity, humour and innovation.

The S.H. Ervin’s Salon des Refusés exhibition has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections of the ‘official’ prize exhibitions and is often cited as a more lively and discerning selection.

When: 10 October  29 November

Where: MPRG, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington

Entry: Adults $7 MPRG and other Victorian gallery members, concession and National Trust Members $4 (children under 5 free)  Free entry for seniors during Victorian Seniors Festival on 13, 20 and 27 October.


For further information contact the MPRG Directly on 5975 4395

Benjamin Johansen, 'Monday morning' Author Jackie French
Benjamin Johansen, ‘Monday morning’ Author Jackie French

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