2020 Salon des Refusés: The ‘Alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize Selection’ (9 May – 26 July)

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 Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition.

The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney scene.

Each year, the panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition. The Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition, with works selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation, and which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.

Principal Sponsor: Holding Redlich


This exhibition is available 9 May – 26 July, Tuesdays – Sundays 11am – 4pm.



  • National Trust members $4
  • General admission adults $12
  • Concession: $10
  • Enquiries: Front desk (02) 9258 0173


Location Details


National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Millers Point (The Rocks)


Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm


16 December 2019 – 3 January 2020.
Mondays & Public Holidays.
Easter - closed Good Friday only.

(02) 9258 0173
Entry Fees:

$12.00 - General
$10.00 – Seniors and Concessions
$4.00 – National Trust Members
(children under 12 free)

*Selected exhibitions may incur special prices

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