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. Special member tour also available.

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):
VANESSA STOCKARD Sleep School (Self-Portrait) oil and enamel on dibond 80 x 80 cm


NICOLE KELLY All I see – Lauren, Poppy & Our Baby (events producer & co-founder
In The Field Artist Workshops) oil on polyester 122 x 137.5 cm


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.


Special member event

Take a free and exclusive members tour of the 2023 Salon des Refuses exhibition with Galleries Director Jane Watters, followed by a delicious morning tea. 10am – 11:30am, Tuesday 16 May 2023.

RSVP by 2 May via membership@nationaltrust.com.au



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.


Friday 7 April 2023
Sunday 9 April 2023
Tuesday 25 April 2023
Monday 1 - Friday 5 May 2023
Monday 24 - Friday 28 July 2023
Monday 4 - Friday 8 September 2023
Monday 23 - Friday 27 October 2023

Gallery: (02) 9258 0173. Cafe: (02) 9258 0175
Entry Fees:

$42.00 - Family
$15.00 – General
$12.00 – Seniors and Concessions*
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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