Teal & White logoMPRG_BOXlogo_20cm.FAWhat: Salon des Refusés.  A National Trust NSW, S.H. Ervin Gallery travelling exhibition.  The official alternative selection to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes 2016.


The irreverent and playful rabble-rouser of the Archibald, the Salon des Refusés showcases ’the ones that got away’. The prized selection of the humorous, innovative, mad, bad and dangerous entries includes portraits of arts and entertainment personalities such as Osher Gunsberg, David Walsh AO, Jean Kittson, Paul Capsis, Katie Noonan, Maria Venuti and indigenous film maker Warwick Thornton.  A portrait of politician Penny Wong is among the 40 works selected from the Archibald Prize and 24 works from the Wynne Prize entries that will be shown exclusively at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

The Salon des Refusés follows the tradition made famous by Napoleon lll in Paris in 1863, when he insisted that the huge number of works which had been rejected by the Academy for that year’sSalon be displayed for the public to view and judge.  The very first Salon des Refusés included works by Edouard Manet and Camille Pissarro.

In Australia, the Salon des Refusés exhibition was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Galley 25 years ago.   Each year the Salon panel goes behind the scenes of the judging process, to select an exhibition from the many works not chosen as finalists for the official exhibition.  The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.

When: 24 September – 20 November 2016

Entry fees: Adults $7 MPRG and other Victorian public gallery members, National Trust Members and concession $4 (children under 5 free)
Free entry for seniors during Seniors Festival on Tuesday 4, 11, 18 and 25 October

Salon Searoad Ferries package: $130 Includes return travel between Queenscliff and Sorrento and entry to the Salon des Refusés for up to 4 people. Ferries depart every hour on the hour, from 7am–6pm. Up to $78 in savings!


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