Salon exhibition to showcase Indigenous artwork  

[by Leanne Miles]


Paul Johnstone, Kellie Joswig and Matt Ward celebrate five years. Image: supplied

The Charles Darwin University Art Gallery will celebrate five years of hosting The Salon des Refusés exhibition this month, marking the occasion with a tribute to past entries.

The iconic companion event to the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) has grown in prominence since its inception in 2013, has opened.

CDU Art Gallery Curator Kellie Joswig said the exhibition, which features art works not selected for NATSIAA, had become a must-see event on the Darwin visual arts calendar.

“The exhibition will be slightly smaller this year due to COVID-19, but we are excited to showcase the enormous talent on offer,” she said.


“We have social distancing measures in place and sanitiser on hand for visitors.”  

Ms Joswig said this year marked a five-year partnership with Salon Art Projects to host the exhibition at the CDU gallery on Casuarina campus, with the goal of showcasing Indigenous art to the community.

“To celebrate five years of our partnership with Salon Art Projects, the Salon des Refusés will also feature a display of artworks acquired by Charles Darwin University from Salon exhibitions since 2016,” she said.

Paul Johnstone Gallery and Outstation – art from art centres instigated the Salon des Refusés in 2013, which allows audiences to access works they were not able to view previously and to judge for themselves.

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

Salon des Refusés will run at the CDU Art Gallery from 5 August – 25 September, Wednesday – Friday 10am to 4pm.


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