The Watch House will be open on Saturdays 11.30am to 3pm

Staff and visitors must be double vaccinated

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There is a signin book for those without a smartphone

The 2 square metre rule applies and masks must be worn inside

Numbers in each area are clearly indicated.

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

Now taking bookings for 2022.

Interested exhibitors should submit three preferred dates to Bookings.


The Value of Hands exhibition in conjunction with Sydney Craft Week and will present an online exhibition this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our crafts are all a hands on activity and our passion. Our members plus three talented guest exhibitors will be presenting their special piece and more of their work can be seen in our Online Shop. Check out the website to see the diversity of our exhibitors. All pieces are for sale. Craft NSW plans to be at the Balmain Watch House in October, 2022. We look forward to seeing you there. Website: www.artsandcraftsnsw.com.au. Online exhibition runs Friday, 8 October until 31 October,2021.  

2021 October 8 to 31 online


Mamas with Easels is a local artist collective which encourages all females to nurture and embrace their creativity and artistic ambition. Creative expression is a natural instinct which incites joy, tells a little about our story and inspires those around us. Making art connects people and keeps us growing a healthy sense of self perception and a positive personal identity – vital for wellbeing and fulfilment. Come and enjoy the artwork of an amazing group of local female artists who are on a journey with their art.

2021 November Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 10-4pm


This exhibition presents the work of Fiona Chaplin and Gail Barfod. Inspired by their love of nature and the play of colour and design in the natural world.  With bold colours, organic shapes and mark making, each artist expresses what it means to step through the tangled world we live in and capture the essence of a place.   Connecting with the beauty and strength in the intimacy of the landscape, one stands still and breathes deeply.  Artists come together to find that deep connection we are all looking for. An expression of who we are and where we are going.  ‘INTERTWINED, we raise our creative voices and ask you to step into our world.’ gailbarfodart.com fionachaplin.com.  

2021 December Friday 3 Dec to Sun 5 Dec and Wed 8 Dec to Sun 12 Dec 11am to 6pm   

Opening Fri 3 Dec 6 - 8 pm.  All Welcome!


An exhibition by local artist Neil Saville showing a collection of wildly colourful images of streetscape, portrait and abstract art using acrylic on canvas and acrylic on paper medium. I’m interested in period Balmain streetscape art together with famous Sydney landscapes. I like painting colourful famous people, and animals. The style I like looks particularly messy close up but falls into perspective at distance. I will be giving away a framed Balmain streetscape artwork, A3 in size, acrylic of paper medium at the conclusion of the exhibition on Sunday night. Everyone who attends throughout the exhibition will be eligible. Instagram: ndsav_art    

2022 February Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 10am-7pm

Friday 11, 6-8pm All welcome


Artworks by Lorraine Bower During the early days of the Covid restrictions in March 2020, I began to yearn for familiar open spaces, especially the magnificent national parks and waterways around Sydney. With the wildness of nature closed off I started to paint some of these places, drawing inspiration from photographs and the memories I had of them. Visions of the magnificent sandstone rocks around our region were particularly strong and vibrant. This was the genesis of the Rocks in My Head exhibition. The devastating summer bushfires of 2019/20 have meant that the future of our environment is more precarious than ever, and the very survival of our unique plants and animals depends of their ability to change and adapt, as we now must do to meet the unforeseen forces of a changing climate. Some of the more recent works on burnt landscapes reflect this theme. I hope these artworks,…

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2022 November Thursday 3, Friday 4, Saturday 5, Sunday 6


Exhibition by Julie Miller 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 drawn 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.  

Mamas with easels will present their 2022 exhibition More information to follow.

2022 February Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 10-4pm

Fri 25 6-8 All welcome


Art of Sorts is an open community arts group set up by the Inner West Council in 2017. It is supported by the Inner West Council through the provision of facilities at the Jimmy Little Community Centre in Lilyfield. It allows the participants to explore their artistic abilities in a range of mediums such as watercolour, acrylics and oils. Art of Sorts aims to allow a group of amateur artists to work in a mutually supportive and relaxed self paced environment to improve their skills, be more creative and to contribute back to the community. Kathie 0432539849

2022 March Saturday 5 and Sunday 6,10am-4pm


The magic of mosaic and art is celebrated in this exhibition when mosaicists Gretel Perlstone, Margaret Tessarolo, Deb Kane and Mollie Pegler combine with artist Carolyn Thomson 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 each artist draws from the beauty of nature and the world around them. Carolyn Thomson’s flower realism style of artwork , in both acrylics and oils , shows her keen observation in detail and her passion for colour. Each flower coming to life on canvas reflecting her inspiration from the natural world.              

2022 March Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 10am-4pm

Opening Fri 11 Mar 6-8pm All welcome


Sculptural Horizons, a group exhibition of 12 artists, creatives who come together to share in their passion for sculpture and love of the clay medium. Clay is both utilitarian and decorative, it has been used by humans since prehistoric times and is one of the oldest materials for sculpture. In the past, sculptors working in metal or other mediums regularly built small preliminary pieces or maquettes in clay, however today we find many contemporary artists rediscovering and celebrating clay as a sculptural medium in its own right. The artists are from diverse cultures and experience, yet Clay connects them, inspiring and enriching each other with their collective learning and practice. Comprising award winning artists, skilled artisans and enthusiasts, the group puts their love and dedication to the medium on show in this exhibition. We invite you to come along and enjoy this eclectic presentation of functional pottery and sculptural forms.

2022 March Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 2010am-4pm

Meet the Artists: Saturday 19 March 2-4pm Featuring live music – The Norman Nicholls Trio ALL WELCOME!


“Autunno”, Autumn is a collaborative exhibition of work by Janice Ralph, Janet Cheetham (both painters) and Elisabeth Thilo (sculptor). Although every season has its unique charms, Autumn is a sustained colour explosion and a season for the soul, which is reflected in the works of the artists. In Italy, a place much loved for travel by all three artists, it is also season for harvest and celebrations. With “Autunno”, the exhibition is aimed at celebrating the beauty and fragility of our local environment and more broadly of the human connection to nature. Both Janice and Janet’s art is about colour, the vibrancy and intensity and the emotions they evoke. Their works are inspired by their travels, from the many moods and spirituality of the Australian outback, the intricate plays of light of the coastline and to as far away as exotic markets in India. With their travel wings clipped in…

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2022 March Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 10am-5pm

Opening Fri 25 5-7.30 pm All welcome


Frayed Textile Artists are preparing for their next exhibition, Journeys, to be held at the Balmain Watch House in April 2022. The word “journey“, originally a literal unit of time and travel, has become a metaphor for the experience of living life with all its ups and downs. During the pandemic, our journeys have been much closer to home – our travel has been restricted in many ways. This has not, however, prevented us from continuing our textile works as well as learning new techniques to incorporate into these works. The pandemic has affected us in different ways, and for some has had an impact on how we work and the work that is produced. We invite you to come along and join us to explore our textile adventures.                        

2022 April Fri 1, Sat 2, Sun3 and Fri 8, Sat 9 10am – 4pm, Sun 10 – 10am – 3pm

Meet the Artists – Saturday 2 April at 12 noon All Welcome


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.  

2022 May Saturday 21 Sunday 22,10am-4pm

Opening Friday 20, 5-9 pm All welcome!


ExtraTexture, a small group of textile and mixed media artists are excited to return to the Watch House with their new exhibition. Connection explores the relationship we have with each other, with colour and texture, with place and time but also highlights the diversity with which we approach a common theme. Apart from their individual work, the five artists have three collaborative works on display. The first “Burano “ celebrates their diversity as each have interpreted a photograph taken by one of the members of the island of Burano in the Venice lagoon. “Rainbow “ is a spectacular celebration of their commitment to colour and texture and will have pride of place in the Charge Room. The third collaboration is an installation in the Exercise Yard where visitors can immerse themselves in “Snippets of Time.” Instagram @extratexture_textile_art Facebook: extraTexture Textile Artists

2022 May Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 and June Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 10am - 4pm


Due to Covid restrictions this exhibition has been posted to 2022. This will be the third time it has been postponed so we all have our fingers crossed that “third time will be lucky”. Dates are 6 and 13 August 2022. Opening times to be advised.     A NEW EXHIBITION FROM SYDNEY GALLERY SCHOOL – OPEN STUDIO PRINTMAKERS Open Studio Printmakers is a lively group of artists who come together, to explore and expand the enduring practice of printmaking, resulting in distinctive and contemporary works on paper. Lino and wood cuts, screen prints, solar prints and etchings are some of the methods used to create this exciting exhibition. Artworks reflect original creative thinking, by using a wide range of styles and techniques; their use limited only by imagination. With no show in 2020, this printmaking collective will once again exhibit works of professional quality and range. The group regards…

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2022 August Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August and Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, 10.00 am until 4.30 pm

Official opening is from 2.00 pm on Saturday 8 August All Welcome