Congratulations to Katherine Rooney, whose painting, That certain texture, this is Australia 2017, was selected for inclusion in the alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize exhibition, Salon des Refusés 2017 at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H.Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition.
Each year our panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition. The criteria for works selected in the Salon are quality, diversity, humour and innovation. Of the 822 Archibald Prize entries the AGNSW Trustees selected 43 and from 753 Wynne Prize entries AGNSW Trustees selected 42 works. From the remaining submission at the Art Gallery of New South Wales our selectors have chosen the 53 works for this alternative exhibition. ~ Jane Watters
The 2017 selection panel comprised James Dorahy art advisor, Michael Reid Galleries; Elisabeth Hastings curator & author, ‘Kevin Connor’ monograph; and Jane Watters, director, S.H. Ervin Gallery.
Exhibition Dates: 29 July – 15 October 2017.
S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, Sydney.