What: Salon des Refusés 10 October – 29 November
A National Trust NSW, S.H. Ervin Gallery travelling exhibition
The official alternative selection to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes 2015, for the first time in Victoria exclusively at the MPRG
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 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, gardening dynamo Costa Georgiadis, popular author Jackie French, chef Armando Percuoco and acclaimed designer Catherine Martin. A larger-than-life sized sculpture of a homeless man is a focal point of the Wynne ‘rejects’.
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 exhibition features a portrait of Australian of the Year Rosie Batty by local artist Christopher Pyett.
What: Horsepower : Recent works by Ivan Durrant 10 October – 29 November
This exhibition combines Ivan Durrant’s long standing interest in horse racing with photorealist techniques. In this, his latest body of work, Durrant zooms in on freeze frames of race finishes captured on his television. Mesmerized by the power and energy of horses thundering down a track, he strips away details to create paintings infused with colour and light. Pushing beyond photorealism to create what he refers to as ‘supraphotolism,’ Durrant turns up the volume on the vitality and excitement of race day.
Café open Sundays, 11am–4pm, with espresso coffee, assorted sandwiches, cakes and muffins from Café 115. Self-serve café Tues-Friday – drinks and sandwiches.
Where: MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm
Exhibition admission fees: $7 adults / $4 concession
General information: 03 5975 4395