Artist Submissions 2018 Open Now

Salon des Refusés Summer Exhibition

Annual Exhibition of Artworks Rejected by the RA Summer Exhibition

7 – 10 June 2018

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

Organised by Happenstance Art & Framing Gallery

Artist Submissions Open Now

All artists who have submitted their artworks to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and were not selected are welcome to exhibit those artworks at Salon des Refusés 2018.

To submit your artworks please email the Salon des Refusés Team on with details of not selected artworks. 

To avoid disappointment, please get in touch asap, as we will stop taking submissions once the gallery is full.


#1 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017

Based on general public votes.

#1 – ‘The Imaginary Iceberg’ by Yufei Li.

Digital print, 50x70cm, 2017.

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#1 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017 – ‘The Imaginary Iceberg’ by Yufei Li.

The title is adopted from Elizabeth Bishop’s poem. A fragile iceberg is reconstructed in the fictional construction drawing, with our emotional attachment to the vanished physical landscapes. It is the virtual representation in this digital era of our aesthetic desire of nature.
About the Artist:
Yufei is a graphic and architectural designer. Flitting between China, Singapore and the United Kingdom for the past twelve years, her interests fall into narrative cartography and line drawing as a form of revealing remote and imaginary landscapes. She studied architecture at the Architectural Association and is currently based in London.

#2 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017

Based on general public votes.

#2 – ‘Escape’ by Richard Brayshaw.

Pigment inkjet print, 62x44cm, 2016.

  #2 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017 – ‘Escape’ by Richard Brayshaw.

‘In general I am interrogating how we perceive our constructed spaces, both urban and rural, their different characteristics, their influence on our sense of self and our position in the world as well as their psychological effects in exposing our insecurities and vulnerability.

This particular image was made by combing 2 images. It was made as part of a project I am involved with. The group 6plus2 is working on a project called Hold. It is a site responsive project set in the now empty Petersfield police station. Part of my response to being in the cell was to feel trapped and want to escape. This image is a combination of the physical containment of the cell brick wall with the mental escape of imagining a seascape.’ (Richard Brayshaw)

#3 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017

Based on general public votes.

#3 – ‘Rokit Girl’ by Heloise Bergman.

C-type Print, 40x50cm, 2014.

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#3 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017 – ‘Rokit Girl’ by Heloise Bergman.

Heloise Bergman is a lens based artist from New Zealand.

‘Rokit Girl was inspired by infatuation with the Dutch Masters. Vermeer’s female subjects were portrayed occupied by houshold errands, often with an intensity that elevates the everyday to something more profound. Almost a decisive moment. Over three hundred years later, Rokit Girl works in Brick Lane and I capture her between customers. She embodies an ephemeral look, gender fluid, time fluid; but when she meets my eyes across the shop, it feels like another decisive moment.’ (Heloise Bergman)

#4 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017

Based on general public votes.

#4 – ‘Postcards from the Edge on Thames I & II (diptych)’ by Karl Singporewala.

Archival print, 80x50cm, 2017.

TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017
#4 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017 – ‘Postcards from the Edge on Thames I & II’ (diptych) by Karl Singporewala.

Since 2007, Karl Singporewala has celebrated his work being selected, hung and sold at the RA Summer Exhibition year on year. In 2017, ten years since his work was first selected, he celebrates a decade in the Summer Exhibition by… not actually being in the Summer Exhibition 2017!

Unable to conform to the architecture’s room brief this year for coloured construction drawings, his work has been given a second chance in life at the Salon des Refusés. He welcomes this clever exhibition with open arms and looks forward to inviting previous buyers and collectors to help celebrate a decade of art work.

Karl Singporewala is a sculptor and architect, working alongside Ian Ritchie RA. He has worked on a large number of international projects (Ireland, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Malta) and projects in the UK, ranging in scale from city masterplanning to unique sculptures. Notable works as part of the team at IRA include Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL which recently won the BCI Major Building of the Year Award, the LEAF Façade Design & Engineering Award and the Overall LEAF (Leading European Architecture Forum) Award.

His work has been widely published and exhibited internationally including exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens and the New York Institute of Technology. He has lectured at various UK universities on his speculative visions of architecture and for the past five years has been visiting critic at Arts University Bournemouth’s Interior Architecture degree course.

Karl is a graduate of De Montfort University Leicester, University of Brighton and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. In 2007, he graduated as best in faculty by representing Brighton for the RIBA Silver Medal. He has won numerous international architectural and graduate awards for his work, which includes being voted ‘One of the UK’s Young Creative Heroes’ by Channel 4. In 2014 his art work won him the ‘People’s Choice’ HIX Art Award at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, Shoreditch London in a competition by chef/restaurateur Mark Hix and artist Tracy Emin aimed at emerging contemporary artists.

#5 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017

Based on general public votes.

#5 – ‘Dead in the Water’ by Jacky Chapman.

Mixed media, 200×114.3x5cm

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#5 of TOP 12 Artworks of Salon des Refusés 2017 – ‘Dead in the Water’ by Jacky Chapman.

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Dead in the water. 5,083 Gingerbread Refugees (2016)

The beginning of 2017 was punctuated by the announcement that 2016 had been the deadliest year on record for refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean, with most deaths occurring off the Greek and Italian coastlines.

‘I’m not a sculptor; I’m a photographer of 30 years. Even though I’ve photographed refugees and migrants in camps in northern France, I felt that my images captured only a small part of the story. The reality hit home as the ginger bread men, women and children piled ever higher on our dining room table. On average, 14 people died every single day amounting to 5,083 individuals by year end.’ (Jacky Chapman)