Open submission policy triumph as Salon des Refusés bowls into Surface Gallery, Nottingham

By Culture24 Reporter | 18 August 2011
A photo of people looking at artworks inside a contemporary gallery
© Surface Gallery
Exhibition: Salon des Refusés, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, until August 27 2011

For an exhibition named after the 19th century French term for an “exhibition of rejects”, Surface seems to have chanced upon a deluge of hidden talents.

Gallery organisers admit it was impossible to plan the results of an open submission show for artists whose work fell outside the traditions of fine art, but 250 pieces from a total of 68 artists (and a crammed private view) suggest the idea was a good one. They also managed to set up the show in less than three days, basing curatorial decisions on the size and shape of the works.

Street and outsider art, illustration, graphics, digital works and printmaking are the main mediums, displayed in a salon style which aims to complement the new look of Nottingham Castle’s permanent collection.

The project space upstairs also hosts the results of the first residency at Surface, featuring site-specific paintings by lucky loft-dweller Frank Kent.

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