Now taking bookings for 2020.

The Watch House is located at 179 Darling St Balmain NSW

Information about hiring is available on our Contact Page or email Bookings

Interested exhibitors should submit three preferred dates to Bookings.

Allocation of space begins in July of previous year.

For current exhibitions see our Exhibitions page.
For past exhibitions see the Past Exhibitions page.


The exhibition Divergence unites four artists Melony Smirniotis, Jessika Steiner, Yumi Takahashi and Christine Wiltshier, who have produced bodies of work that are unique in style though celebrate a common committment to their independent narratives. Christine Wiltshier’s collection of contemporary cross stitched and screen printed Sample errrrrs, playfully repeat comments shared with her whilst she worked with this exacting of traditional needlework stitches. Melony’s mixed media work takes the viewer on a visual and tactile journey whilst Jessika engages through colour and gestural energy. Yumi Takahashi’s work is a personal study into the self. The immediacy of watercolour is a meditative response in seeking out the unconditioned self. Aptly titled ‘Divergence’, the diversity of forms and styles showcased within the sandstone walls of The Balmain Watch House make this exhibition a visual feast not to be missed. Instagram -@jessika.steiner @cwildfibre @_yumi_takahashi_ @melonykarasmirniotis_artist  

2019 June Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16, 11am to 6pm

Opening Friday 14 6-8pm All welcome


‘Take hART’ is the 23rd annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART 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 24 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 develop a confident personal style in an atmosphere of warm friendly support hART stART studio meets for afternoon and evening classes on Tuesdays in a designated art studio, just a few minutes walk from The Balmain Watch House. The next FREE introductory trial class for new members will be on Tuesday 23rd July at 1pm or 6.30pm. To reserve a place, phone Gary on 0410639819 or apply at www.hartstartstudio.com.au…

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2019 June Saturday 22 10-4.30 and Sunday 2310-4

Drinks with the artists Sat 22, 1-3pm All welcome


extraTexture are excited to be again exhibiting at the Balmain Watch House. We are a group of five textile and mixed media artists who are passionate about expressing our love of colour, form and texture in our primarily fibre based work. This year our exhibition has the theme Continuum which the dictionary defines as a sequence, something that keeps on going changing slowly over time. Our group work is one interpretation of the theme which reflects the highs and lows of life.  

2019 June Saturday 29, Sunday 30 June 10-4, and July Friday 5 10-3, Saturday 6 10-4, Sunday 7 10-3

Opening Saturday 29 June All are invited to meet the artists at 2.00pm


This is an exhibit of my traditional Chinese water colours and calligraphy. This exhibit is a collection of my work over the past ten years. These watercolours and calligraphy are all about water. Water is like bodies and dancing, water can be quiet like fog and it can be energetic and overwhelming like a waterfall or sharp and unpredictable like a storm. These peaceful painting use water to give meaning and space. I like to explore landscapes and nature in its many beauties and colours. I delve into my memories of beautiful places and I make images that are delicate and full of dreams. My traditional calligraphy is part of my culture, it is deeply ancient, meaningful and vast like the oceans. Together the words and colours work together take us to a peaceful world. Artist Xu Yi  

2019 Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21, 11am to 4pm

Opening Friday 19 4.30 to 7pm All welcome


Open Studio Printmakers are experienced graduate artists who continue exploring the joys of printmaking. Printmaking processes include linocuts, woodcuts, etchings, screenprints, monoprints and a combination of contemporary & traditional methods. Each of the artists create their own original prints, using one or a combination of printmaking processes to produce their beautiful, individual artworks. The title of this exhibition is a metaphor for the reflections of the artists and their prints. Like a mirror, the artworks reflect back images to the viewer. Each image is a reflection of the artist’s thoughts. A wide range of prints, both framed & unframed, will be on view for purchase.  

2019 August Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 10-3

Opening Saturday 10th from 3pm All welcome.


“Frayed”, a group of seven artists with a passion for textiles, is holding its second exhibition from 23 August – 1 September 2019. The title “Pathways” has inspired images of landscapes and ways of navigating through life. Works show a wide variety of techniques including eco dying, monoprinting, felting, quilting, fabric painting, gel plate printing, embroidery and mixed media art. As well as exhibition pieces, there will be a range of items for sale including bags, clothing, scarves and more.  

2019 August Friday 23, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 11am – 3pm Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Saturday 31 and Sunday 1 Sep. 10am – 4pm 

Opening 12 Saturday 24 at noon All welcome to come and meet the artists.


Jan Wood continues on her journey and invites you to join her for the BA’s exhibition in December/January.  

2019 September Saturdays 7 and 12, 11.30am-3pm and Tuesdays 3, 10 11am-1pm


“Around Us III” is the third exhibition at Watch House in Balmain. This exhibition will showcase culturally diverse artists and the scenes from the world that is around us. The audience can expect to see the artist’s inspirations and perspectives of the world. The exhibition involves Korean Australian artists based in Sydney with extended invitations to three artists based in Gloucester. These artists from all different walks of life will present different mediums and styles including oils, acrylics, drawing and mixed media that highlight the everyday experience of living in Australia. A number of artworks will also feature Hanji, a traditional Korean coloured paper. Korean Australian artists: Cecilia Hwang, Mee Lee, Mosura Park, Samuel J. Keem, Eun Hee Kim Gloucester artists: Rachel Saunders, Lyn Monro, Adele Compton

2019 September Friday 20, Saturday 21, Sunday 22 and Friday 27, Saturday 28, Sunday 29 10am-4pm

Opening Saturday 21 at 2.00pm All welcome


The mosaic artist Gretel Peristone, photographer Carol D’Amici and The MoDeMa Group of mosaicists are exhibiting their latest works which are inspired by the beauty of Nature. Light, colour, birds and the changing seasons are captured using a variety of mosaic and photographic media. Gretel Peristone has been exploring the art of mosaics for over 15 years and is drawn to the ancient medium of Italian and Mexican Smalti combined with found objects.She has recently completed a major commission to be installed in the Southern Highlands. Carol D’Amici previously has  exhibited her stunning photos of Nature,  capturing that elusive moment between light and shade. Mollie Pegler, Deb Kane and Margaret Tessarolo, through their friendship and love of mosaics, formed The MoDeMa Mosaic Group. They have enjoyed exhibiting at Balmain Watch House as well as Rozelle, Cremorne and Lindfield.  

2019 October Saturday 12, Sunday 13 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 12 6-8pm All Welcome


6 ARTISTS – 1 WEEKEND Original prints and sculptures by Karen Steele, Brenda Livermore, Kate Lovejoy-Furnell, Tracy McCarthy, Bernadette Facer and Susan McLeod. Starting from the inspiring lines and forms of nature, each artist works on her own take on the way in which these emerge as marks; of the natural, meaningful, the individual, the beautiful and the reflective. From the studio to you is about those marks we mark.  It is about meeting the world and abstracting its contrasts, from landscape to natural elements, from cliff faces to coastal places to contours of private and common significance. Tracking the serendipitous and subjective mark-making toward the historic and even the heroic, epochal.

2019 October Saturday 19, Sunday 20 10-4pm

Opening Friday 18, 6-8pm All welcome


After an enjoyable and successful group exhibition in 2016, ‘Artists At Large’ are back for a second show! Our group is comprised of dedicated artists, all under the guidance and tutelage of professional artist Fiona O’Beirne, an Archibald prize finalist. Over the last three years, we have all further explored our interests and experimented with various media and visual genres. Our exhibition will be quite eclectic, with works in oils, acrylic, watercolour and pencil. All works will be for sale. For further details contact Elisabeth Prax on 0478824678    

2019 October Saturday 26, Sunday 27 10.30 - 4.00

Opening Friday 25 6- 8.30pm- all warmly welcomed.


Over to You – 2019 (part 2) New exhibition and pre Christmas Clearance sale of ex-exhibition works. Join us for a drink anytime over the weekend.

2019 November Saturday 2, Sunday 3 10am-6pm

Opening Friday 1 7:30pm All welcome


We invite you to attend the Biennial Exhibition of our latest artworks as a group of experienced artists: Barbara Hamilton, Carlie Lopez, Jenny Thompson Saunders, Corinne Gaston and Allan Coker. Our artworks include a range of watercolours, ink and acrylic paintings, impressionist photography, drawings, ceramics and sculpture. We include many works reflecting our personal impressions of the beauty of our local Balmain and Inner West  area as well as memories of our travels. You can review our works on http://www.balmainartists.com All works are for sale for cash at affordable prices – some unframed – over one weekend only.    

2019 November Saturday 9, Sunday 10 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 8 November 6 -8pm. All Welcome


Four women with a love of art and design, from three generations and different backgrounds, bound by friendship and a strong desire for creative visual expression, decided on a random whim to step outside their comfort zone and show their individual work together in one space.   Jan Barnett, a retired law secretary, Michelle Roberts, a graduate of landscape architecture, designer Elke Klein and high school student Rose Schafer are the FOUR heARTs+minds behind the upcoming exhibition of the same title at the Balmain Watch House. Works on show will include a surprising and eclectic mix of delicate water colour flower paintings, hand painted ceramics, quirky colourful fabric pieces, including bags and wall hangings, as well as drawings, collages and illustrations with a surreal take on youth, suburbia and strange dreams – all inspired by the immediate world around us and fuelled by emotional experience.    

2019 November Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 15, 6-9pm Please join the artists


Artist, Christeene Britton, returns to the Balmain Watch House weekend 23-24 November. She will be exhibiting in Open Studio Trail as part of IWC’s EDGE Program (see events). Britton’s classic colourful ink works as well as her textural acrylic on canvas pieces will be presented as a celebration of ‘What’s not to L.O.V.E.’ Britton brings a sense of harmony, balance & intrigue to her works to encourage and support a positive aesthetic vibe. Having a background in interior design her pieces are becoming highly collectable sitting comfortably within a combination of eclectic, classic and or contemporary settings. This exhibition will also offer a selection of handmade crocheted wire jewellery. This jewellery appeals to those seeking that individual piece – a selection of which feature semi-precious stones specially paired to create stunning earrings which are super comfortable to wear given their lightness regardless of size. As these earrings are all hand…

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2019 November Saturday 23, 9am-5.00pm, Sunday 24 10am-4.30pm


Sumit Ameria, Susan Landau Williams and Martial Cosyn. These three artists were all born overseas – America, France and India. Their various interpretations of their new life in Australia are represented here in various and joyful ways. A new life and a different culture – but a culture that is generous to the creative spirit. It has encouraged a connection to the earth, the folklore and the bush – Susan with unique pottery, Martial with glorious whimsy – bringing Joie de vivre amongst us, and Sumit adapting his amazing attention to detail in exquisite botanical works. This love and appreciation of their new homeland has inspired this Exhibition – a mixture of beauty, skill and humour, and Great Fun in the Joy of Making! This exhibition is Perfect for those wanting Happiness on their walls and shelves, and for that Special present. Hoping very much to see you there. Gaudium!…

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November 2019 Friday 29, Saturday 30, Sunday 1 December and Friday 6, Saturday 7, Sunday 8 December 10am-4pm

Friday 29 6-8pm All welcome