Salon des Refuses: The alternative Archibald & Wynne Prize selection
Each year our selection panel goes behind the scenes of the judging process for the Archibald and Wynne prizes at AGNSW, to choose an alternative exhibition from the many works not selected as finalists. The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.
The Salon des Refuses follows the tradition made famous by Napoleon lll in Paris in 1863. The Emperor insisted that the huge number of works which had been rejected by the Academy for that years Salon be displayed for the public to view and judge. The very first Salon des Refuses included works by Manet and Pissarro.
Visitors to the annual Salon des Refuses exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the Holding Redlich Peoples Choice Award, the winner of this award will be announced on 17 May.