The Watch House is open on Saturdays 11.30am to 3pm and Tuesdays 11am to 1pm to answer history enquiries.
Information about current exhibitions is on the Exhibitions Page.
Now taking bookings for 2024.
Interested exhibitors should submit three preferred dates to Bookings.
Antique pictorial postcards provide a significant repository of historical images, often uniquely recorded. Besides offering a tantalising glimpse into the past, the human element captured in the fleeting messages preserved on the back imbues them with a charm all of their own. Here Mark Callabretta has assembled a catalogue of postcards, widely sourced, featuring Balmain scenes or relating in some way to the Balmain of old, which includes Birchgrove and Rozelle, and also the surrounding islands – Glebe, Goat, Cockatoo, Spectacle, and Snapper. While concentrated between about 1905 and 1915, they span over a century, beginning as early as 1880.
2023 December and January, Tuesdays 11am till 2pm, Saturdays 11am – 3pm
ExtraTexture return in September with their new textile and mixed media exhibition. This time the five are exploring their connections to place. They are looking at the strong links we have to the land, to country, to the plant and animal life that lives on it. It is also an opportunity to think about those who came before us and their relationship with a particular part of the land. We celebrate those places that give us a sense of belonging and peace, our “ happy place”.
2023 September Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 10am to 4 pm.
Meet the artists 2pm Saturday 16th All Welcome
I am excited to announce my upcoming exhibition of drone photography along side some authentic African Art. This unique collection of artwork is captured at the most unprecedented times using my drones. It includes one of a kind captures of Australia’s most iconic landmarks and natural Landscapes. But it does not stop there ! My drone travelled with me recently and captured some of the most distinctive historical buildings and breathtaking natural landscapes that will bring the world to your home alongside some authentic handmade artwork from Africa. Instagram : ange _galleries
2023 September Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October Sunday 1 and Monday 2 8am to 7 pm
Craft NSW is a group of artisans creating quality collectable and wearable handmade craft. The society has a long history, dating back to 1906. Australia’s oldest craft association. With the ongoing aim to support, encourage, and share creativity whilst acknowledge craft making is ageless and timeless. Engaging in a wide range of traditional crafts their makers create contemporary, intriguing and at times whimsical products to wear or display, continuing to push boundaries in their respective mediums. Their website, www.artsandcraftnsw.com.au allows browsing with online shopping and view to their informative newsletter Telopea which contains exhibition detail, artist interviews and so much more. As collaborative group, they welcome emerging craft artists to join their membership. “Reflections of Time”, is a showcase of creative artists joining together to exhibit their exploration of a common theme. Time is precious. Spare time is rare. Time to create is joyous. The visual idea is personal, the…
2023 October 6 to 15 October, 11 am- 6pm daily. All welcome.
Femelle is a collective of local Inner West female artists which celebrates fun, family, creativity and opportunity for everyone on their artistic journey
2023 October Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 10am-4pm
Exhibition of recent works on paper by Sue Hanckel Sue Hanckel is a contemporary printmaker of unique large scale works on paper. In her solo exhibition Crossing the Evening Bridge, Sue has collated her bold abstract prints inspired by mythic narratives and the night sky. Her art practice is a journey of conjecture and fictional mapping across imagined spaces on paper. There is a central recurring theme in her work – the question of how we find meaning and orientation when confronted with experiences of transience and absence. Her large sheets of Hahnemuhle paper become metaphoric spaces for her to construct complex and layered works with stencil, cut-outs and collage. Each of her works is unique – some are vivid and dynamic, others are quiet and contemplative, all of them inviting curiosity. In 2023 Sue has been able to further develop her printmaking skill as an Artist-in-Residence in the Creative…
2023 October Thursday 26, Friday 27, Saturday 28, Sunday 29, 10am to 4pm
Opening Saturday 28 1 – 4pm All welcome
A member from Balmain Association will be present on Saturday 4 November between 11.30 and 3pm to answer your enquiries.
Sarah Sulman is an acrylic landscape artist from rural NSW. Creative in many areas she is also a photographer and teacher. Sarah is also the great granddaughter of Sir John Sulman for whom the Sulman art prize and Sulman Medal are named. Sarah has spent the last 3 years building a collection inspired from her time living in WA and her travels in between. Her visits to the famous wildflowers of central WA was breathtaking and inspiring featuring flowers as far as the eye can see with red valleys and gorges. Don’t miss Sarah’s first exhibition in NSW!
2023 November Saturday 11 and Sunday 12, 11am to 5pm
We are 5 women artists who feel watercolour is an underrated medium. It is something everyone tries but few conquer even those have to come back for more. Our exhibition will feature different subjects painted here and overseas. Please come and visit us to just to see the variety possible in Watercolour paints.
2023 November Saturday 18 10-4 and Sunday 19 10-3
SAWA (Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan) is having this sale of quality items to raise much needed funds to assist in training for women in Afghanistan. Find something that takes your fancy and make an offer.
2023 November Saturday 25 9am to 5pm
This exhibition has been cancelled. On Saturday 2 December a member from the Balmain Association will be present between 11.30 and 3pm to answer any history enquiries.
“My favourite spot is where I meet people drawn together by a common desire – artists in glass, sculptors, painters” Justin studied at the Julian Ashton, Dattilo Rubbo and Bisietta Art Schools and the Teachers’ College. From there he went on to teach art in many schools, ending up as Sydney Boys High School’s Art Master. Justin was a member of the One+2 artists’ studios in Lilyfield for 15 years. Justin was dedicated to his art, exploring different styles. He was a master at watercolour, painting with a proficiency that showed his understanding of the intricacies of that difficult medium. His skill in drawing was evident in his large scaled architectural paintings and drawings as well as in quirky sketches of laneways – characters mulling around, a crooked clothesline, a dog poised – perfect portrayals of life in the inner west. Despite his skill, he was humble, needing encouragement to…
2023 December Saturdy 9 and Sunday 10, 10am to 5.00pm
Opening Friday 8 December 2023 6.00 – 9.00pm All welcome