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.

We will be hosting 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) for 2015. The exhibition will open on Friday the 8th of August at 3pm and will conclude on the 24th of August. The Darwin Festival has been fully supportive and will include the exhibition in their 2015 program.