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Artist EOI – Salon des Refuses Exhibition

Artists from the Hastings region are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the 2022 Salon des Refusés Exhibition which will be on display in June at the Wauchope Art Gallery, 62 Cameron St Wauchope. Artworks must have been refused by a public Exhibition in the last 5 years.

The Expression of Interest form asks Artists to provide information about the refused work. Due to the limited space in the Gallery and depending on the number of responses, the Gallery will confirm accepted works from the EOI process.

So what is Salon des Refusés, I hear you say?…

Let’s go back to 1863…

Originating in 1667 the word ‘Salon’ refers to an official exhibition of art sponsored by the French government. Moving forward to 1863 there was protest by artists whose work had been rejected by the official Salon. Emperor Napoleon III ordered a special exhibition for the refused artworks which included works from Manet, Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, and Whistler.

The Exhibition known as the Salon des Refusés (French: Salon of the Refused) was a turning point in the history of art and paved the way for new artistic styles to come into recognition. Empowered artists began to arrange their own exhibitions and the importance of Art dealers grew.

Key Dates:

  • EOI closes on Monday 16th May 2022.
  • Acceptance will be notified by Friday 20th May 2022.
  • Accepted Artworks to be delivered to the Gallery by Friday 27th May 2022.
  • Exhibition open to the public from 1-26 June 2022.