phone mail2 facebook twitter play whatsapp
 Salon des Refusés 2018

Salon des Refusés 2018

8 June 2018 Suzanne Frost

In 19th century Paris, the annual Salon, the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris was arguably the greatest annual art event in the Western world. The Jury selecting from the submitted artworks was very conservative in taste and in 1863, works by artists such as Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet were rejected, leaving the artists furious. Emperor Napoleon, eager for public approval, decided that the rejected artist’s works should be displayed in a Salon des Refusés, for the public to decide on their artistic legitimacy.

Inspired by the Paris Salon, Happenstance Art & Framing, an independent pop-up gallery and framing studio run by Anastasia Popoola, launched London’s Salon des Refusés in 2012, displaying the artworks that were unsuccessfully submitted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Image: Suzanne Frost

This year, the exhibition is taking place at Candid Arts Trust in Islington. Over 150 international artists have submitted work this year making it the most extensive display yet. With no restrictions on submission, visitors can experience a huge variety of genres, from oil painting to photography, ceramics to sculpture and digital art. The Salon des Refusés is showing the true variety of art that is made nowadays and the freedom of artistic expression.

 Image: Suzanne Frost

While many entries are by as yet unknown or emerging artists, some artists have been included in previous or subsequent RA Summer Exhibitions. Some, such as Kate Jenkins’ fabulous sequined Tinned Lobster Bisque, were shortlisted; others were selected and then excluded at the last minute for various reasons. The Salon des Refusés is making a statement that these submitters were not refused as artists.

Image: Suzanne Frost
 
Some work, such as Errol Robertson’s Stairway to Heaven is politically motivated, an artistic critique painting an unsentimentalised portrait of the realities of ‘Precariat Britain’, an increasingly unequal society in which growing numbers of people find themselves victims of in–work poverty with no prospect of social mobility. But there are also traditional oil paintings and more lighthearted playful expressions. All art at the Salon des Refusés is for sale and fairly reasonably priced, giving the display an emerging art fair vibe similar to The Other Art Fair or Battersea’s Affordable Art Fair, where your eye is stimulated by the sheer variety on offer and you are always sure to find something that you like.
 
True to the spirit of the original Parisian idea, the Salon des Refusés encourages visitors to vote for their 3 favourite art works on social media using the hashtag #VoteSalon. “We believe in truly democratic art”, says Anastasia Popoola, “It can be quite surprising what the public votes for.” The popular vote is often quite different from the official expert’s selection.
 
The Salon des Refusés 2018 is at Candid Arts Trust, Islington until Sunday 10 June. Entry is free.

Tell us what you think

You may also like

This Week: 17 - 23 September

This Week: 17 - 23 September

This week London proves it's not too late in the year for a festival or too early to start getting gory for Halloween…

This week: 10 – 16 September

This week: 10 – 16 September

Artificially intelligent lions, magic pink waterfalls and a Grand Hall rising from the ashes! There is a lot to get excited about this week in London.

Back to School: Arts & Crafts

Back to School: Arts & Crafts

The task of being an adult (if anyone knows what that actually involves please let us know) is often a stressful one, especially as afternoon…

This week: 27 August – 2 September

This week: 27 August – 2 September

It feels like the end of summer is here. But fear not, September in London means only one thing: a new season is starting with…

The Best Family Entertainment in September

The Best Family Entertainment in September

A new school year is almost upon us, but this September, there are still plenty of fun activities on offer that will soften the blow…

An interview with Wendy Dickinson: Masterclass’ Pitch Your Play winner

An interview with Wendy Dickinson: Masterclass’ Pitch Your Play winner

In a landscape of declining arts funding and increasing rent, the pursuit of playwriting is as plucky as ever, especially for the ambitious young writers…

Frieze Fair 2018: Frieze London and Frieze Masters

Frieze Fair 2018: Frieze London and Frieze Masters

The art event of the year with works presented by the world’s leading artists

Top 5: Wildlife Spotting in London

Top 5: Wildlife Spotting in London

You’d be forgiven for thinking that wildlife in London is mostly rats, grey squirrels (rats in cuter costumes, as Carrie Bradshaw once noted) and unpleasant creepy-crawlies.…

Estonia’s modern art scene makes a splash in London

Estonia’s modern art scene makes a splash in London

As part of the centenary celebrations of Estonia’s independence, the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Centre (ECADC) is bringing the country’s love of modern and street art to…

Most popular

Win two tickets to the 1940s cocktail bar for some cocktails, cakes and cuppas!

Cahoots - Win two tickets to the 1940s cocktail bar for some cocktails, cakes and cuppas!

Beneath the bustling streets of Soho, discover Cahoots, the bar where the spirit of the Blitz is still alive and kicking...
Win the Complete BBC Collection of The Goodies!

The Goodies - Win the Complete BBC Collection of The Goodies!

Television comedy at its undeniable best will be released on 24 September.
Win a pair of tickets!

The Play That Goes Wrong - Win a pair of tickets!

The Play That Goes Wrong is 4 years old... Extended, not mended!
Win a family ticket to see Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree!

Polka Theatre - Win a family ticket to see Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree!

Wow the kids with this vibrant new rendition of an ancient tale.
This week: 27 August – 2 September

This week: 27 August – 2 September

It feels like the end of summer is here. But fear not, September in London means only one thing: a new season is starting with even more theatre, music and culture for you to discover!
The Best Theatre in September

The Best Theatre in September

The autumn season kicks off in London.
Film review – King of Thieves

Film review – King of Thieves

The famous Hatton Garden robbery that made headlines in 2015 is turned into a feature film staring Michael Cain.
Magic Realism – a new free display at Tate Modern

Magic Realism – a new free display at Tate Modern

A new free display at Tate Modern uncovers unsettling paralleles between the art of Weimar Germany and our current times.
The Best Family Entertainment in September

The Best Family Entertainment in September

A new school year is almost upon us, but this September, there are still plenty of fun activities on offer that will soften the blow for kids who are less than keen to return to their books.
Photography in London this Autumn

Photography in London this Autumn

Check out some amazing documentary and experimental photography to inspire you.

Your inbox deserves a little culture!!