Current Exhibition

Salon des Refusés

9 October – 11 December 2021

On display in Adelaide for the first time in its almost 30 year history is the National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery’s Salon des Refusés 2021, the alternate Archibald and Wynne prize exhibition.

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 Art Gallery of New South Wales’ (AGNSW) Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney scene.

Each year the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s 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 at the AGNSW, to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition.

The resulting Salon des Refusés 2021 is a not to be missed display of over 50 portraits and landscapes that continue the excellent reputation established by the S.H. Ervin Gallery for rivalling the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition. Works are selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.




Listen to the artists talk about their works in the exhibition:



Salon des Refusés

9 October to 11 December 2021

Tuesday to Saturday 10AM – 4PM

No booking required.

Exhibition Entry: $12 adult. $10 concession. $8 National Trust members. Children under 12 free.


Image: Caroline Zilinksy (Australia b.1978), The Wedgwood Heart (Jonathan Dalton, artist), Sydney, oil on linen. Caroline is represented by nanda\hobbs.

Current Exhibition

The Doppelgänger

Starts 11 November 2021

In 2020 the University of South Australia, the SIDA Foundation, and the David Roche Foundation awarded a two-year Research Fellowship in Interior Design and Decoration to the project The Doppelgänger, developed by Dr Rochus Urban Hinkel, Associate Professor for Architecture and Design at the Melbourne School of Design at The University of Melbourne.

The Doppelgänger is an investigation into the potentials and promises as well as the limitations and specificities of digital technologies in design. David Roche Foundation’s Fermoy House and its collection of decorative arts has been the site of investigation. The house and parts of its collection have been documented through video recordings, 360º photography, and 3D scans – creating digital copies of the Foundation’s collection and spaces.

The Doppelgänger exhibition presents digital copies of four selected items in the collection. By experimenting with alterations of original artefacts ‘uncanny’ new characters emerge. The series of new characters is called Fabulations. Each artwork makes specific reference to mystical fables, creating another layer of associations. Their new aesthetic forms offer novel perspectives, create alternative realities, and enable explorations of new forms of representation.

The exhibition in Fermoy House presents original videos displayed on digital screens. Using their own handheld devices, like smartphones, visitors can also view and access digital copies of the artefacts in Augmented Reality. The artworks presented are developed by Rochus Urban Hinkel in collaboration with Melissa Iraheta.

The Doppelgänger exhibition is one of two exhibitions presented during the duration of the Fellowship – it is accompanied by a series of online conversations.

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Fermoy House (digital diagram), click image to enlarge

The Music Lesson (digital rendering), click image to enlarge








Dr Rochus Urban Hinkel is Associate Professor for Architecture and Design and Co-director of the Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (ADD+F) research hub at the Melbourne School of Design at The University of Melbourne. Rochus’s research and practice focuses on digital and analogue realities (AR/VR/XR) which he explores through artistic experimentations, spatial installations and immersive environments for cultural storytelling, exhibitions and museums, archives and heritage.

Melissa Iraheta is the Coordinator of the New Experimental Technology (NExT) Lab at the Melbourne School of Design at The University of Melbourne and holds a Master of Architecture by RMIT University.

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