Issue 6
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Charles Darwin University
The Salon des Refusés opens at the Art Gallery this week
The Salon des Refusés opens at the Art Gallery this week

Salon des Refusés to feature 52 works

Now in its fourth year – and kicking off the Darwin Festival – CDU Art Gallery’s companion exhibition to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) will open to the public on Thursday, 8 August. 

CDU Art Gallery acting curator Kellie Joswig said the “Salon” concept provided a showcase for art that was not chosen for the final NATSIAA exhibition.

The original Salon des Refusés was an exhibition that took place in Paris in 1863, showing works that had been rejected by the official Paris Salon. 

“The concept allows artists to still be part of an exciting exhibition, even if they weren’t chosen for the awards,” Ms Joswig said. “It also gives audiences the opportunity to see incredible Indigenous art that otherwise would not be displayed. 

“This year’s Salon des Refusés is a carefully curated exhibition featuring 52 works that show the amazing diversity and quality of Aboriginal art being created in Australia today, including wonderful canvas paintings by award-winning artists such as Carbiene McDonald Tjangala, who has just won the Hadley’s Art Prize, Australia’s richest prize for landscape art. 

“Other works include colourful and quirky soft sculptures, painted hollow logs, and a statement piece crafted from 2km of fencing wire that is sure to make an impression on visitors.”

Ms Joswig said the exhibition presenters were known to be a little unconventional in their selection and approach, which has made the Salon des Refusés a hotly anticipated and popular event of the Darwin Festival.

Salon des Refusés will be open from 8 August until 28 September on the colonnade level of Building Orange 12, University Drive South, Casuarina campus.