The 'alternative' selection from hundreds of entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes, the Salon des Refusés started at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992. Each year the Gallery's panel of selectors goes behind the scenes of the Art Gallery of New South Wales to select the exhibition from works not included in the finalist exhibition. The Salon has an excellent reputation, and the criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation. Themes covered include contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and artist's responses to the landscape.