STOP PRESS: 2023 Booking
The weekends 5, 6 and 12, 13 August 2023 are available for hire
Contact Bookings below if you are interested.
The Watch House will be open on Saturdays 11.30am to 3pm by a committee member.
Information about current exhibitions is on the Exhibitions Page.
Information about hiring is available on our Contact Page or email Bookings
Now taking bookings for 2024.
Interested exhibitors should submit three preferred dates to Bookings.
Balmain Association member will be present between 11.30am and 3pm to answer any enquiries.
Richard returns to the Watch House with a new exhibition and ex exhibition works at reduced prices largely in mixed media and watercolour, in a wide variety of differently sized works. His ‘florally inspired works’ continue to feature. Please come along any time over the weekend to view the exhibition and join us for a wine or soft drink and light refreshments.
2023 June Saturday 24 and Sunday 25, 10am to 6pm.
Opening Friday, June 23 from 7pm all welcome
Art of Joy Myers Creed & Ann-Marie Bateman The exhibition displays Joy Myers Creed and Ann-Marie Bateman’s journey of discovering the instinctual action of making marks, both on various surfaces and by using difference processes. Joy’s art explores the processes of printmaking, drawing and mixed media within a figurative landscape. Ann-Marie Bateman’s calligraphic brush work, along with her intuitive approach to drawing, creates compositions that both explore and give glimpses of her everyday life and experiences. Both artists revere the spontaneous and accidental discoveries that each technique brings to a surface as well as the serendipitous delight of the process. This replaces the exhibition 35 Years in the Making as advertised in the March Newsletter. http://www.offthepathartstudio.net
2023 July Saturday 1 and Sunday 2, 10am - 6pm
Opening Friday 30 June 6-9pm all welcome
A PAINTING EXHIBITION FROM THE MEMBERS OF hART stART art studio ‘… where the hART is’ is the 26th annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART art studio at the Watch house. Audiences will be treated with expressive artworks, rich in exploration of colour and texture. This exhibition is for people who enjoy paintings in modernist styles with strong emphasis on individual expression. What has sustained hART stART studio for 26 years in Balmain is the hART stART method which encourages mindfulness, personal growth, and a sincere friendship which grows between members. Through modernist methods, all members work in a confident personal style in an atmosphere of warm friendly support hART stART studio meets for evening classes on Tuesdays in a designated art studio, just a few minutes walk from The Balmain Watch House. To enquire phone Gary 0410639819 or view the website at www.hartstartstudio.com.au
2023 July Saturday 8 10am to 4.30 and Sunday 9 10am to 4pm
Drinks with the artists Sat 12-4pm All welcome
‘Westerly’ blows into Balmain to showcase the work of artists from the edges of the greater Sydney region. These artists have formed creative alliances through shared studio spaces, encouraging the development of exciting and diverse artwork that continues to gain momentum, reflecting the vibrant communities of the west. The exhibiting artists represent different cultures and backgrounds, which is clearly evident in their differing aesthetics and interests, yet they have connected as a community with common ground through making art. Over several years they have gathered regularly to support each other’s practice, providing feedback, motivation and encouragement. In this exhibition the group came together to deliver a full and dynamic collection of work across painting and sculpture.
2023 July Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 9am - 4pm
'Meet the Artists' event instead of an opening Sun 16 July 2-4pm. All Welcome
“The passion of the artists and the magic of mosaic and art is celebrated in this exhibition when mosaicists Gretel Perlstone, Deb Kane and Mollie Pegler combine with artists Fiona Barrett and Chris Beard to showcase their work. The mosaic group of talented artists are delighted to be again exhibiting their latest works at the Balmain Watch House. Full of light and colour their works reflect the inspiration of each artist draws from the beauty of nature and the world around them. Painters Fiona and Chris join the group again with a range of abstract and landscapes, watercolours and oils.”
2023 July Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 10am to 4 pm
Opening: Friday 21 July 6pm to 8pm All welcome
From Sydney’s distinctive urban neighbourhoods to domestic interiors, this exhibition brings together work from award winning Fangmin (Jack) Wu, local Balmain landscape artist Jane Sankey, and painter N.G. Malla, known for her ‘house portraits’. Fangmin Wu’s paintings – which span themes from the environment to social problems – have been acquired by public institutions including the Australian National Gallery, and have been selected for national and International exhibitions. Jane Sankey’s work is coveted by collectors locally and around Australia – she is known for her intuitive approach to colour which enlivens her urban and natural landscapes. N.G. Malla’s work explores themes of home and neighbourhood. She has been a finalist in several art prizes, most recently the Lethbridge Landscape Prize 2023. All three artists share a love for the intersections between architecture and the natural environment and their paintings, mixed media, and works on paper, engage with our relationships between…
2023 July Friday 28, Saturday 29, Sunday30 10am to 4pm
Opening night Thursday 27 July 6-8pm all welcome
Information to follow
Balmain Association member will be present between 11.30am and 3pm to answer any enquiries.
Wet Paint Collective, a group of local women artists, showcase their latest work in their winter show, Blend. The paintings are as diverse as the artists themselves and include landscapes, abstractions, figurative works and more. This exhibition is the sixth of its kind for the collective. The title nods, of course, to the mixing of colours on a palette, the combining of different art styles into one show – and also the way each artist blends her art practice into a busy life.
2023 August Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 9am - 4pm
Opening Friday 18 6pm - 8pm All welcome
Art Ability is an exhibition of works on paper in a variety of mediums by both current and former secondary students from the special/inclusive education unit at Sydney Secondary College, Blackwattle Bay Campus. This exhibition showcases the skills and talent of our students in the area of artmaking. Themes explored include self-portraits, still-life and cityscapes as well as abstracts in 2D mediums including drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and collage. Our students have thoroughly immersed themselves in the artmaking process and have worked incredibly hard to produce an impressive collection of original and distinctive artworks. They are looking forward to showing their work in a real-world art context at the Balmain Watch House. The artworks included in this exhibition will not be for sale, however visitors will have the opportunity to buy cards featuring all artworks. Proceeds from the sale of the cards will be used to fund further artmaking…
2023 Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August 10am to 3pm
Opening 6pm Friday 25 August all welcome
The Australian landscape is like no other; unforgiving and harsh, yet also magnetising with its breathtaking beauty. ‘Salt’ is an exploration by contemporary artist, Han Renshaw, of the landscapes and water systems that embody Australia. Over the course of a few months, Han road-tripped along the Eastern and Western coastlines – diving, swimming and exploring the waterways. The variety of forms, colours and emotions experienced from this environmental immersion were further conceptualised through photographs and sketch studies. The final result is evident in the series of dynamic abstract paintings of which ‘Salt’ comprises. Instagram: @hanart.1 Website: https://hanartdesigns.squarespace.com
2023 March Saturday 18 and Sunday 19, 11am-3pm
Opening Friday 17 March 6-9pm All welcome
Artists, over time, wander through different techniques searching for ways to express a creative thought, exploring different genres and ideas whilst experimenting with mediums, colour, and tone. This exhibition focuses on the work of eight local artists giving the viewer an insight into the way different artists see the world around them. From a moment at a window with a cup of tea nearby, a silent wandering through a forest, the smell of flowers picked from a garden, or an abstract interpretation of the landscape, you will experience the diversity between artists as they search for individual creative expression.
2023 Saturday and Sunday March 25 and 26 and Saturday and and Sunday and 1 and 2 April 10am to 4 pm
Opening Friday 24 March 5-7pm All welcome
The Flower Market is Mia Novati’s first solo exhibition showcasing her love of nature and flowers. Mia’s artworks are created by using a mix of oil and impasto medium. This technique, using only a palette knife, applies thick layers of paint to the canvas producing sumptuous and full blooms. With a strong connection to Balmain and a love of beautiful things – Mia’s grandmother, Bess Trollope, owned legendary Balmain decorating store, Linen and Lace; her aunty Prue Trollope owned a popular homewares store in Mullens Street Balmain; her mother and aunty own the well-loved international brand, FLATOUTbear. Mia is excited to have the opportunity to exhibit her work at the Watch House Gallery. Email – email@example.com Website – mianovati.com.au Instagram- @mianovatiart
2023 May Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 10am to 4pm
Opening Friday 12 May, 6pm - 8pm All welcome
Art of Susan Cadby & Ann-Marie Bateman First week of exhibition The exhibition explores nature, and the ethereal qualities of light and colour. Both artists work intuitively with various mediums and mark making techniques, emphasising the temporal qualities of light and colour in nature. Susan Cadby is an experienced artist with many years of professional practise in watercolour and acrylic painting. Time and moments captured are distilled in her compositions of land and sea scapes submerging the viewer into vails of brushstrokes and colour. Ann-Marie Bateman art practice seeks to explore the peripheries of sight and glimpses of unseen elements of our world particularly in nature. Over the last twenty years she has examined nature’s wisdom, light, tone and colour, through macroscopic photography of flowers, grasses and various surfaces from day to day routines. The exhibition leads the viewer on a journey of creative viewpoints not often representational but experienced…
2023 May Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21and Monday 22 10.00-4.00pm
Opening Friday 19th May Official opening 5.00pm-10.00pm - Guest speaker TBA 7.00pm
This is Week 2 of Susan Cadby & Ann-Marie Bateman’s exhibition. The exhibition explores nature, and the ethereal qualities of light and colour. Both artists work intuitively with various mediums and mark making techniques, emphasising the temporal qualities of light and colour in nature. Susan Cadby is an experienced artist with many years of professional practise in watercolour and acrylic painting. Time and moments captured are distilled in her compositions of land and sea scapes submerging the viewer into vails of brushstrokes and colour. Ann-Marie Bateman art practice seeks to explore the peripheries of sight and glimpses of unseen elements of our world particularly in nature. Over the last twenty years she has examined nature’s wisdom, light, tone and colour, through macroscopic photography of flowers, grasses and various surfaces from day to day routines. The exhibition leads the viewer on a journey of creative viewpoints not often representational but experienced…
2023 May Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 10-4.00pm
Join me on a journey through the captivating connection between nature, art and family in my latest exhibition “Heartwood”. During lockdown, my father retired and joined a South Coast bushwalking club. Whenever he goes on a walk with his friends, he sends the family photos of the places he’s been. Stuck in Sydney, unable to travel more than 10km away from my home, I translated these photographs into paintings. Each painting is uniquely captured on slices of fallen Jugiong trees. The tree slices presented a new set of challenges to me, as the grooves in the wood guided my hand in unexpected directions. Through this intricate process, the wood itself seemed to come alive, telling stories of the trees and the whispers along the breeze. Every woodblock is unique; featuring a swirling grain, curling bark and brightly coloured memory all of its own. Witness the alluring beauty of Heartwood at…
2023 June Saturday 3 and Sundy 4 10am to 4pm
Opening Friday 2 Jun 5.30 to 8.30 All welcome
Chloe is a Balmain based artist who sells work locally and internationally. Traditionally educated and trained, she has worked in a variety of mediums but finds herself drawn to working in watercolour due to its fluid and unpredictable nature. Chloe is known for her beautifully whimsical loose watercolour creations based on her great love and respect for animals and our natural surroundings. She brings life and personality to her creations and invites her audience to perceive all creatures as individual and sentient beings. Website is kokolocoart.com
2023 June 10, 11, 12 10 am- 5 pm
Opening Friday 9 June 5-8.30 pm All welcome