The Watch House is closed until at least 31 May 2020 due to the Covid 19 virus outbreak

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.


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

Come and enjoy a presentation these exhibitions from our archives Balmain Through Younger Eyes photos taken by students at Nicholson St Public School  circa 2004 and an encore of Balmain Personalities by David Liddle.  

December 2019 Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 11.30-3pm

Saturday 14th December Christmas Drinks at 2pm All welcome

Exhibition of Balmain Through Younger Eyes and an encore of Balmain Personalities by David Liddle will continue in January and February.

January 2020 Saturdays 11, 18, 25, February 1 and 8, 11.30-3pm


Sophie and Jane Witter are sisters. Sophie is a painter from Tasmania, who recently had a successful solo exhibition in Hobart, while Jane lives in Sydney and works with reclaimed textiles, but they share a vision about the importance of creativity and beauty in our everyday lives. Their exhibition “Play it by Ear”,  is a celebration of the feminine gaze and the struggle to carve art out of the demands of the domestic space. Please join them for some bubbles at their opening night. Instagram accounts witterjane and wittersophie.

February 2020 Saturday 15 and Sunday 16  10am-4pm

Opening Friday 14, 5-8pm, All welcome

History room will be open 11.30 – 3pm please join us to peruse our archives, look for family names and information about your house.

February 2020 Saturdays 22, 29 and 7 March, 11.30-3pm


The Balmain Peninsula Park Painters, Mary Cullen and Susan Grant, are having their 16th annual art exhibition at the Balmain Watch House featuring many of local Balmain scenes, as well as still life, animals and travel works. The artworks include a range of watercolours, oils and etchings.  

2020 March Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 10am to 4pm

Official opening Saturday 14 at 12.00 midday All welcome

Long Nose Point, an etching by Mary Cullen.


This exhibition has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 virus outbreak A new exhibition by Livonne Larkins and Jenni Trezise This exhibition is a creative collaboration with a strong narrative. A correlation of lens and brush. as nature discards, so does humanity. These artworks reveal the rescue and valuing of that which is thrown away, that which has fallen through the cracks. Both Livonne and Jenni’s work is based on their life experiences. They deconstruct mental and social issues through their poetry and art. Whilst Jenni uses nature’s detritus which drops to the earth or is washed up by the sea, Livonne uses discarded objects bound for landfill to make artworks which create the mood in her composite photography. Ironically in order to find their potential, these objects must be discarded before being rescued hence the parallels to life and the artists themselves. Meet the artists over the weekend.

This exhibition has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 virus outbreak
2020 March Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, 10 am-4pm

Opening Friday 20 March 6pm-8pm All Welcome