2024 Salon des Refusés Exhibition

View the unmissable Salon des Refusés exhibition, S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection from works entered into the annual Archibald and Wynne Prizes. Special member tour and morning tea 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.


Exhibition details

Exhibition open 11am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday from Saturday 8 June – Sunday 25 August 2024.


How to book your tickets

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

Book via Eventbrite where possible.

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HEATHER MILLER, "though I have closed myself as fingers", oil on clay board, 63 x 48 cm

RODNEY POPLE, High as a kite, oil on linen, 159 x 136 cm

LORI PENSINI, Free Bird, oil on linen, 55 x 50 cm

GRAEME DRENDEL, Portrait of Rick, oil on canvas, 41 x 31 cm

WENDY SHARPE, Self-Portrait with Improbable Beings, oil on canvas, 76 x 61 cm

SINEAD DAVIES, Heather Ewart, oil on canvas 94 x 94 cm


Principal Sponsor: Holding Redlich.

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


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Plan your visit

S.H. Ervin Gallery


Watson Road, Millers Point (The Rocks) NSW 2000


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


Gallery closed Tuesday 5/3/24 - Friday 8/3/24
Re-opens Saturday 9/3/24

New Years Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Anzac Day

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

National Trust members – FREE
Adult - $15
Family - $42
Concession* - $12
Child (under 5 years) - FREE
*Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.

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