Due to Covid 19  exhibition information has changed

Please contact the exhibitor/s to confirm times and let them know of your attendance

Now taking bookings for 2021.

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.


HISTORY WEEK 2020 – 5-12 September 2020  by Helen Carter This year the Balmain Association has focussed on three topics for its exhibition at the Watch House to demonstrate the value of history. . Edmund Blacket, the Colonial Architect who designed the Watch House in 1854 . The Watch House, a preserved heritage police station and lock up saved from demolition after being vested in the National Trust and leased to the Balmain Association . Ira Gray, a policeman who with his family used the Watch House as his residence from 1930-1947 These three areas have been powerful in the formation of the Balmain identity. In Balmain’s early beginnings its first community c 1840 needed a lockup, the Watch House is a symbol of Balmain in that it echoes the progress of the suburb, namely its beginnings, heyday, decline and regeneration. Sergeant Gray and his family gives us a picture…

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2020 September Saturdays 5, 12, 19 11.30am to 3pm

Saturday 5 at 2pm with presentation of Life Memberships essential to RSVP


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.  

2020 September Sat 25 and Sun 26, 9am to 5pm

Opening Friday 24 September between 6-8 pm.


Artists Wendy Prince & Trish Prince Wendy and Trish because of the complications with COVID 19 have postponed their exhibition until the same time in 2021 2, 3 and 4 October Instagram account for Wendy Prince is @spectrumtextura    


The Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales exhibition features a wide range of bespoke handmade craft and design creations. The exhibition is being held during Sydney Craft Week. Members and guest artists have been creating unique works especially for you. Come and chat to the makers and find the inside stories to their inspiration and dedication in making handmade pieces, get an insight into traditional techniques, as well as new technologies, available to craft workers. Discover the range of crafts from designer garments, shibori silks, marquetry, ceramics, glass, silver, decoupage and embossed metals to plant stands of rusted steel and concrete. https://www.artsandcraftsnsw.com.au/, Instagram @craftnsw Facebook CraftNSW Members of The Society of Arts and Crafts NSW and guest artists will be exhibiting as part of Sydney Craft Week in October. Their unique craft and design is diverse ranging from designer garments, shibori silks, textiles, marquetry, ceramics, rusted steel…

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2020 October 9 to October 18 see opening times listed above

Opening Friday 9, 5pm to 7 pm a welcome to allvisitors with refreshments.


Unfolding time – moments, our thoughts and memories captured We are three artists with very different styles, with one common theme – we love what we do and find great joy in creating beautiful, relatable & affordable art works. Claire Donaghy gives us vibrant and eclectic art work in a painterly style using bright fresh colours, her paintings are guaranteed to make you smile. Janet Lomax creates oil paintings with soft diffuse colours which have a dreamy quality, they are relatable and draw you in to overlay them with your own familiar dreams and memories. Jenny Albanis loves creating images from still life and nature, with a broad take on realism. A moment frozen in time and recreated with much joy in observing the quirkiness in the detail. Please note that the artists have cancelled their opening.  

2020 October Saturday 24 and Sunday 25, 9am to 5pm


Due to complications of exhibiting with COVID 19 restrictions Nicole Robertson has decided to postpone her exhibition until October 23, 24 2021.   My art works are unique, as I make use of different mediums such as pencil, watercolor, mixed media, printmaking, oil and collage. I put my heart and soul into all of my artworks, each creation becomes an integral part of my life, documenting the journey I am on.  


Due to COVID-19 restrictions Lorraine Bower is postponing her exhibition until the same time in 2021 6, 7 November 2021 Her work was inspired by the natural world being closed off and she drew inspiration from photographs and the memories they held in her heart.  


About us…. Fiona, Helen and Mollie are excited to be once more exhibiting at the Watch House. We are particularly excited to be amongst friends (socially distancing of course) after being restricted to home studios for what seems like a long long time! Our work is diverse yet similar. We all love colour but express ourselves in different mediums such as watercolour, acrylics and mosaic tiles. We would love you to join us at our opening for drinks and nibblies .Please mark in your calendar!      

2020 November Saturday 21, 10-5 and Sunday, 22 10-4

Opening Friday, 19, 5.30 to 8.30 All welcome


‘From the Mountain to the Sea’ sees father/daughter duo sculptor Ulric and abstract painter Jessika Steiner combine artistic forces in their debut show together. “Through extensive experimentation and play, I discovered a way to communicate my mind’s snapshots of the vivid colours and organic shapes of my childhood. The themes found in natural forms that make up such an immense part of my history growing up on the Hawkesbury River are also entwined with my growing passion for poetry and literature” Jessika “My sculptures reflect the contradictory nature of my relationship with the natural world and the pull it has exerted on me to follow less trodden paths. My background as a precision engineer in Switzerland is reflected in the fine detail I give to all my stainless steel sculptures both abstract and figurative.” Ulric From the Mountain to the Sea sees father/daughter duo sculptor Ulric and abstract painter Jessika…

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November 2020 Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29, 10-4

Official opening Friday 27 5-8 pm All Welcome


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