2023 Salon des Refusés: The ‘alternative’ Archibald & Wynne Prize selection

The Salon des Refusés is the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection from works entered into the annual Archibald and Wynne Prizes.

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 our 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. The Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award is valued at $3000.


Artwork (L-R):
The Multipotentialite (Sonya Eliopulos)
oil on canvas 120 x 102cm


After the downpour 
oil on linen 183 x 216cm


The Sisters (…in black after Hugh Ramsay) (Bianca Spender & Allegra Spender)
acrylic, oil, rosewater on Belgian 175 x 200cm


Exhibition details

Exhibition open 11am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday from Saturday 6 May – Sunday 23 July 2023.


How to book your tickets

Exhibition entry is included in a valid S.H. Ervin Gallery entry ticket.

Book via Eventbrite where possible.



Principal Sponsor: Holding Redlich.

Presented with the assistance of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Location Details

S.H. Ervin Gallery


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


Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm, last entry 4pm.


Monday 13 - Friday 17 February 2023

(02) 9258 0173
Entry Fees:

$12.00 – General
$10.00 – Seniors and Concessions*
$4.00 – National Trust members
Free – Children under 5
Selected exhibitions may incur special prices
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years)
Booking fees apply.

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