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Having long been a supporter of the arts, Q Station in Manly is thrilled to be the host of the inaugural Les Sculptures Refusées, an outdoor sculpture exhibition modelled on The Archibald Prize’s Salon de Refusés, which exhibits works which missed out on the Archibald and has attracted a cult-like following of its own.

The open-air exhibition is an exciting new opportunity for the local community to experience creations by some of Australia’s best sculptors, with most situated by the property’s iconic Pier and Quarantine Beach. From 15 October – 19 November 2020, Les Sculptures Refusées will be open to all with free entry. Q Station’s charming G&Tea House will be operating from Friday to Sunday and serving tea-infused gin and tonic cocktails alongside sweet and savoury High Tea options, while live Sunset Sessions will be happening on the lawns every Saturday from 4 to 6pm.

It was over dinner that the idea for Les Sculptures Refusées was born. From then, artist Tania McMurtry, with friend and close collaborator Simon Hodgson, aspired to provide further exhibiting opportunities to artists.

“I have long been a follower of the Archibald’s Salon de Refusés and after admiring the success of that exhibition and speaking with fellow sculptors, the idea of Les Sculptures Refusées was born. With the incredible luxury of space Q Station affords, I thought the property would make an excellent location for such an exhibition and despite the constraints of Covid-19, we have been able to pull an amazing line up together and we are excited to see it come to life,” said Tania. “We hope this event will become bigger and stronger over the years. It is a win for Q Station, a win for the Northern Beaches and most importantly a win for the sculptors who will now have another opportunity to show their work.”

“There is an interesting parallel between hosting the Les Sculptures Refusées at Quarantine Station which by happenstance is during a global pandemic” noted Suzanne Stanton, Director at Q Station. Earlier in the year Q Station launched their International Peace Park and is, already a proud host of two sculptures by Tania. “As a major supporter of local artists, we are thrilled to support and be the host of the inaugural Les Sculptures Refusées exhibition” said Suzanne.

Artists for this exhibition include revered Orest Keywan, Simon Hodgson, Anthony Battaglia, Paul Selwood, Ellenore Griffith and founder Tania McMurtry.

The sculptures will be judged by Katherine Roberts, Senior Curator at Manly Art Gallery & Museum Jo Neville, Q Station’s current Artist in Residence and Brian Tunks, Director at  Bisonhome.

The winner of the inaugural Most Outstanding Work will receive a Residency at Q Station in 2021 and a two night stay at Q Station, with a celebratory dinner at Boilerhouse Kitchen & Bar. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a prize donated by Bisonhome.


Les Sculptures Refusées, a celebration of rejection
Location: Q Station Manly, 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly (within Sydney Harbour National Park)

Date: October 15th – November 19th 2020

Entry: Free

Parking: Free