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.
Now taking bookings for 2023.
Interested exhibitors should submit three preferred dates to Bookings.
Sign-in no longer required but due to small spaces indoors masks are recommended.
Jacob Kononiuk is a fine visual artist who showcases his world through the photojournalistic medium. His work is central to portraying the beauty of country and the essence of its present-day people. Light in Spaces is Kononiuk’s first exhibition exploring the similarities & differences – the push and pull – of current suburban life. Kononiuk draws inspiration from renowned Australian photojournalist David Moore and aims to illustrate contemporary Australian and European life. Kononiuk accentuates modern culture, and what it means to be alive today. www.kononiuk.au
2023 March Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 6am to 8pm
Opening Friday 3 March 2pm - 8pm All welcome.
Ten local artists return to the historic Balmain Watch House to exhibit new work. This exhibition is the fifth reiteration from a group of women artists. Each prior show has coincided with rain and navigated through the challenges of the inclement weather. ‘Wet Paint’ therefore seems a fitting title, but also because these artists continually respond to their changing environments, and as women juggling families and busy lives, remain flexible, optimistic, and tenacious, offering up a diverse collection of creative art making to the community, continually painting up a storm, and yes the paint may still be wet!
2023 March Saturday 11 and Sunday 12, 9am to 5pm
Opening Friday 10 Mar, 6 - 8pm
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 All welcome
Lorraine Bower will be one of eight artists participating in this exhibition. Information about opening times to be confirmed.
2023 Saturday March 25 to Sunday April 1
NATIONAL TRUST HERITAGE FESTIVAL The theme this year is Shared Stories and the Balmain Association, will be sharing stories from the donated collection of family history books and presenting a photographic display of where these stories evolved from. Amongst these stories is that depicted in Gourlies Corner – growing up in Balmain a story about the activities that occurred in a corner grocery store during the 1950s; in contrast the very large Nicholson Brothers family history is about a large scale family boat/ferry building operation where their boats were named with the prefix “Pro” for example, The Providence, The Protex. Of special interest is the lovely My Kid Sister story about a family whose children went to Nicholson Street School, known as the University of Painters and Dockers, and how their education had different outcomes. These stories will evoke memories of products bought at the corner store such as lollies…
2023 April Tuesdays and Saturdays from Tuesday April 11 to Saturday 6 May 11.30 to 3pm
Expression of colour is everything! I love the way colour creates an emotional response, it is my inspiration. My ambition is to capture something transient in what I see and feel in the world around me. This is Balmain, the harbour and the northern beaches where I grew up and still feel draw to. My subjects are nature- whether it’s a traditional landscape, still life or watercolours. I use traditional materials of oil paint on canvas and board and watercolour on paper. I look forward to welcoming you to my exhibition.
2022 September Saturday 24, 11am to 4pm and Sunday 25, 11am to 3pm
Opening Friday 23, 6.00-9.00pm all welcome
The Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales exhibition “Handcrafted – Rethink, Reuse, Recycle” is a challenge and an experiment to use materials that have been discarded and only used once. We’ve activated our craft skills and imagination to create new pieces that are valid, amusing and useful for yet another cycle of life and this process of repurposing and recycling can continue yet again The members of Craft NSW and their guest exhibitors have played and worked with everything from railway sleepers, discarded blankets, used clothing, litter from parks, beaches, streets, and playgrounds. The works are all handmade with skill, enthusiasm and lateral thinking and thus rescuing discards from being yet another addition to landfill or as litter clogging our environment. Instead it has expanded our field of raw materials for our craft and inspiration. Our pieces are valid craft and art to be used or to…
2022 October 7 to 18, 10am to 6p
Meet the Makers, Thursday 13 Oct, 5 - 8pm
Femelle is a collective of local Inner West female artists which celebrates fun, family, creativity and opportunity for everyone on their artistic journey!
2022 October Saturday 22 and Sunday 23, 9am to 5pm
Opening Friday 21 6pm to 8 pm All Welcome
Working for our exhibition….. In this group exhibition, four artists come together to share their impressions of our world and what captivates them about the environment, both natural and manmade. Exploring place, light, everyday objects, native bushland, indigenous culture, shape, form and colour Antoinette, Kate, Louise and Rachel bring together a diverse yet harmonious collection of works. As passionate educators, all four women are dedicated to artistic exploration and education of all kinds including the development of creative, inspired and engaged communities. Instagram: @antoinettetyndalart @katenielsenart @littlelouartist @rachelcarollartist
2022 October Thursday 27, Friday 28, Saturday 29, 9am to 5 pm, Sunday 30, 10am to 4pm
See Saw is a gathering of recently completed collages, paintings, drawings and objects by Sydney artist Martin Watson. ‘These works have evolved over an extended period of time and reflect my changing world. Materials and themes are eclectic, discarded ephemera to pastels and acrylics. Recycled board and canvas give me a freedom to create works that hopefully transcend their humble origins. My art practice is an attempt to reconcile the throwaway nature of consumer culture, to challenge perception and give poetic expression to my everyday experience.’ Instagram: @martinwatsonart – Website: http://martinwatson.com.au/
2022 November, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6, 10am to 4pm
Opening: Friday 4 Nov, 5-9pm All welcome!
A mixed media exhibition from three artist friends, calling themselves Brush Needle Lens Clay, who originally met singing together in a Balmain choir. They have exhibited previously but are exhibiting for the first time together to create a varied and interesting array of art. Rhonda Stien – mixed media fabric artist Karen Presland – photographer and collagist Sue Buckle – ceramic artist Inspiration has come from the Woolwich peninsula which consists of a succession of bays and knolls leading down to the meeting point of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers known as ‘Moocooboola’. The Woolwich dock itself cuts into Hawkesbury sandstone that was laid down by an ancient inland river system. Weathering has resulted in a spur off from the Hunter’s Hill/Woolwich ridgeline forming Clarkes Point, which is a popular weekend retreat for many Sydneysiders. The exhibition highlights the many facets and textures of the landscape and the river…
2022 November Saturday 12, Sunday 13 10am to 4pm
A Place To Return is a group exhibition of the work of emerging artists Deidre Fitzpatrick, Janet Cheetham and Melissa Drew. This body of work captures the beauty and energy of landscapes that resonate in the artists’ experiences. Their observations of architecture, harbour foreshore, and surrounding tranquil bushlands offer a window through which to view the lives of the artists and their communities during the upheaval of Covid-19 and the slow return to normalcy in its aftermath. Deidre’s work has been exhibited in the Waverley Woollahra 9 x 5 Landscape Art Prize. Janet had her work featured in the 2021 Primavera exhibition at The Shop Gallery and Autunno at The Watch House in March this year. Melissa is a Northern Beaches artist returning to painting after a career in commercial graphic design. This is Melissa’s first presentation of work inspired by her affinity with her local region. …
2022 November Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, 10 -5pm
Opening Thursday 17 November 4-7 pm All Welcome
Xanthe Muston is a young Australian artist based in Sydney. Influenced by her interest and studies in literature, Xanthe’s practice explores themes of memory, identity, and the narratives we construct to make sense of both. Using a range of watercolour, gouache, ink and oil paint, she explores the complicated ways that we recall, preserve, and ultimately fictionalise the past to give us a sense of ease in the present. Website Address:www.xanthemuston.com.au (my Instagram is @xanthe.muston) Image: Attached below, entitled ‘Jack and James and Just Juice,’ watercolour, gouache, pen, collage, and stickers on paper, 84cm x 59 cm
2022 November Saturday 26 and Sunday 27, 9am- 5pm
Opening Friday 3pm- 9pm All Welcome
Susanna Chen Chow is has established a prolific painterly practice. She travels extensively around Australia, exploring its diverse landscapes and sites. Her work has been exhibited in numerous art competitions and galleries in Australia and her works have been acquired by collectors in Hong Kong, New York and Europe. She has received multiple awards.Susanna explores sensate and emotive experiences of the Australian countryside using her memory and imagination to capture landscape and floral scenes, translating them into images that evoke the mood and the feeling of the place rather than accurate representations. Her style includes abstraction and figuration demonstrating confident lines and bold painterly marks.Wild Flowers 2 WA-acrylic on canvas 92x76cm 10% of the sales will be donated to the CanRevive Cancer Foundation.
2022 December each day from Saturday 3 to Saturday 10, 9am to 6pm
Opening Friday 2 December 5-8 pm All Welcome