Salon des Refusés – Exhibition of Artworks Refused by the RA


01 Jun 2017 to 04 Jun 2017
Opening times:

Thursday 1 June - 6pm - 9pm - Opening Reception (Reservation required, check website)

Friday 2 June - 12pm - 6pm - Open to the Public - free entry. (6pm-9pm - Salon Lates - Sign up here

Saturday 3 June - 12pm - 6pm - Open to the Public - free entry.
(6pm-9pm - Salon Lates - Sign Up here

Sunday 4 June - 12pm - 5pm - Open to the Public - free entry.

We are proud to present this year's Salon des Refusés - our annual extravaganza of artworks missed, unappreciated, misunderstood or sacrificed at the last minute by the Royal Academy Selection Commitee. Once again we will be inviting you the public to vote for your favourite artworks and be part of the Art Democracy.

For the sixth year, over one hundred artists will join the illustrious company of artists going back to Monet, Manet, Whistler who were initially rejected by the art establishment. Art for the people!

This year our host - Candid Arts Trust - has kindly permitted late openings not just for the opening night, but for the whole exhibition. So we have a full programme of music, talks and art social events lined up for you.

Salon des Refusés 2017 – Annual Exhibition of Artworks Refused by the RA Summer Exhibition

1-4 June 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday 1st June at 6pm-9pm (Tickets to be released first week of May)

at Candid Arts Trust, 3-5 Torrens Street, Islington, London EC1V 1NQ

Organised by Happenstance Art & Framing Gallery -

Admission: FREE

What You Don't See at the Royal Academy

In its 6th year Salon des Refusés Summer Exhibition is a collection of various genres and directions in international art of today.
Organized by Happenstance Art & Framing Gallery it shows paintings, graphic and mixed media works, photographs, sculptures, prints, installations and video artworks rejected by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. It is following in the tradition of the 19th century Parisian Salon des Refusés (more on Wikipedia), when Napoleon let rejected works be exhibited alongside those accepted ones after artists protested the Salon jury’s rejection of 3000 works.

It’s hard to believe, but Édouard Manet, Whistler and other artists whose works are worth millions now, were actually not accepted for the great Salon exhibition in their times in Paris. This is why we think that it’s very important to exhibit the artworks which were not accepted by the Royal Academicians, and invite the public to cast their votes for best artworks in the show. TOP-12 Artworks will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

View TOP-12 2016
View TOP-12 2015
View TOP-12 2014
View TOP-12 2013
View TOP-12 2012

Most artworks in Salon des Refusés Summer Exhibition are for sale. Speak to one of our gallery advisors if you are looking to purchase an art bargain.