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Presented by SALON Art Projects

See some of the best contemporary Indigenous art from the last year at this popular annual exhibition.

The name Salon des Refusés generally describes a group of works rejected by the jury of official awards. In 2013, SALON Art Projects curated and presented the first SALON des Refusés for the prestigious and long running National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). This inaugural exhibition was held in the old Commonwealth Bank building in Darwin, and opened to a packed crowd. Following on from the success and support for this joint collaboration between Outstation Gallery and Paul Johnstone Gallery, SALON des Refusés became a regular event.

Now every August, SALON Art Projects presents the SALON des Refusés, an exhibition of works submitted, but not accepted into the NATSIAA. Its quality demonstrates the superb standard of art being created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists nationwide, and it also provides valuable insight into where the movement has come from and where it is heading. Now in its 11th year, the 2023 SALON des Refusés will include a $2,000 People’s Choice Award, so be sure to get your vote in!

  • Images SALON des Refusés 2022 install at Gallery 5. Photo: Fiona Morrison

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