Submissions are open now (11 March to 17 June 2016) on a first come first served basis. There is no selection process but we will have to stop accepting artwork once the gallery space has reached capacity.
Happenstance Gallery is again organising an exhibition of paintings, graphic and mixed media works, photographs, sculpture and prints rejected by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It is following in the tradition of the 19th century Parisian Salon des Refusés, when Napoleon let rejected works be exhibited alongside those accepted ones after artists protested the Salon jury’s rejection of 3000 works.
Unlike our Parisian predecessors, we are not protesting but assisting. We respect the Royal Academicians’ judgement and understand that exhibiting at the RA Summer Exhibition is a great honor and privilege, and that the RA walls are limited and a lot of good artwork has to be rejected.
We want those works to still be on show and to let the public judge which ones they like most of all, independent from experts’ decision. For this reason, every visitor to the exhibition will be asked to vote for three favorite pieces.
Salon des Refuses 2016 will be held at SPACE – a beautiful gallery in Mare Street, Hackney, East London. The exhibition will be open to public from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 June 2016.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with the artwork image (for admin), name and size. There is no selection process. All artworks are accepted provided they were submitted for the RA Summer Exhibition.