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 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 9am to 6pm
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 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
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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