8 - 20 August 2013

The Salon des Refusés is generally an exhibition of works rejected by the jury of official awards, but the term is most famously used to refer to the Salon des Refusés of 1863.

As early as the 1830s, Paris art galleries had mounted small-scale, private exhibitions of works rejected by the Salon jurors. The glamorous event of 1863 was actually sponsored by the French government. In that year, artists protested the Salon jury’s rejection of more than 3,000 works, far more than usual. “Wishing to let the public judge the legitimacy of these complaints,” said an official notice, Emperor Napoléon III decreed that the rejected artists could exhibit their works in an annex to the regular Salon.

Matt Ward from Outstation Gallery and Paul Johnstone (of Paul Johnstone Gallery) - "the most exciting gallerists in Darwin" - are thrilled  to present the inaugural Salon des Refusés Darwin, 2013, as a similar event for all of the artists who did not make the final selection into the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) this year.

In the Press

Read what others are saying about this Outstation exhibition.

  • Territory style: Salon des Refusés

    Ms Franchesca Cubillo - 01 June 14
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  • Against the grain: The 30th NATSIAAs and Salon des Refusés

    Art Monthly Australia
    Maurice O'Riordan - 01 October 13
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  • Mix of old and new adds dynanism to Indigenous Art

    The Australian
    Andrew Penn - 21 August 13
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  • Dilemma of difference in indigenous art awards

    The Australian
    Nicolas Rothwell - 13 August 13
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  • The Salon Des Refusés

    Aboriginal Art and Culture: an American eye
    Will Owen - 11 August 13
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Browse the In the Press page for more great Outstation reviews.

Exhibition Catalogue

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When and where

8 - 20 August 2013

Old Bank Building
Corner of Smith and Bennett's streets
Northern Territory

A Darwin Festival Event