The Balmain Watch House is available for hire as an exhibition space. Bookings are usually for one weekend.

The Watch House is located at 179 Darling St Balmain NSW

Information is available on our Contact Page or email Bookings

Interested exhibitors should submit their preferred dates by July for exhibiting the following year.

For current exhibitions see our Exhibitions page.
For past exhibitions see the Past Exhibitions page.


Saturdays DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY December 15 and 22: 11.30 to 3pm January 5, 12, 19: 11.30 – 3pm February 2, 9, 16, 23: 1.30 – 3pm We will be presenting an encore of Life and Death in Balmain examining the Life and Death of the Industries, the Balmain cemetery and many personal observations. Don’t miss this second opportunity at the Watch House on Saturdays Do you think any of your ancestors were buried in the Balmain Cemetery? Come along to the Watch House and we can help you search through the listings to discover your ancestors. Have any of your relatives worked in any of the old industrial sites in Balmain? Look at the many photos and pictures and catch a compelling video which gives an insight into Balmain’s industrial past. We look forward to seeing you!

December - February see above

December 2018 Saturday 8 2pm Saturday


The Balmain Peninsula Park Painters are holding their 15th annual exhibition “Balmain Inspired” at the Balmain Watch House in March 2019, from Friday the 8th of March to Sunday the 10th of March 2019. The exhibition will feature many of the local community’s favourite scenes and subjects, as well as a variety of other works, including overseas, still life and animals. Artists exhibiting again this year are Mary Cullen, Susan Grant and Jennifer Kerr. This group of artists has been very successful in their long history of annual public exhibitions at the Watch House and have regularly exhibited, sold works and won awards at local community art shows in Sydney.  

2019 March Saturday 9 and Sunday 10, 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 8, 5.30-8pm All welcome.


Christeene Britton There is a definite journey for both the artist creating and the collector investing in a new and exciting piece. Both are on a journey of discovery. ‘Life Evolving with Art’ is a visual journey documenting the development of my art as it carries me into the future. This year I will be showcasing a collection of textural acrylics on canvas, which highlight the intriguing depths of colour that come into play.  Contrasting this, will be a collection of delicate watercolours and inks – compositions of colour and movement creating an intertwining visual mix. Inks, in particular, have a mind of their own and so marrying their highly fluid nature with a need to conform is both challenging but, at the same time, quite addictive. This will be the debut solo and I invite you to join me as I showcase this collection of works.    

2019 March Saturday 16, 10-4.30 and Sunday 17, 10-4pm

Opening Friday 15, 6.45-9pm, All welcome.

An exhibition from Rachel Vosila examining a selection of non-native plant species and the impact these have on their surrounding native ecosystems. This is explored through the anthropomorphism of their invasive characteristics and embedded into objects to tell these stories. Visit Rachel’s website to see her work. https://www.rachelvosila.com/  

2019 March Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 10-4.30pm

Opening Friday 22 6-8.30pm All Welcome


From the Studio to you, 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 by means of print and small sculptures. 6 Artists – 1 Weekend. Brenda Livermore, Tracy McCarthy, Karen Steele, Bernadette Facer, Kate Lovejoy-Furnell and Susan McLeod.  

2019 March Saturday 30 and Sunday 31, 10am-5pm

Opening Friday 29 6-8pm All welcome


2019 Saturday 6th April

National Trust Heritage Festival This year’s festival will bring together an array of events across the nation from 18 April – 19 May 2019. The theme this year is Connecting People, Places and the Past. Balmain has been the home of many people who have made significant contributions in the past. In 2019, the BA will hold an exhibition highlighting seven such people, the industrial heritage of Thomas Mort’s dockyard, Henry Perdriau’s ferries and rubber manufacture, the Elliot Brothers chemical manufacturing, John Booth’s sawmills, John Bell’s shipbuilding industry, Maybanke Anderson’s contribution to social welfare particularly women and children and Mrs A’Beckett who set up a Ladies school and applied for land for subdivision. The exhibition will feature stories from the industries illustrated by images of the people and places around the peninsula. Maps of the area will allow visitors to visit the places to see how they have adapted from…

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2019 18 April – 19 May 2019

Times to be advised


The 22nd annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART Studio, now in its 23rd year in Balmain. Audiences will be treated with expressive artworks, abstractions and landscapes, rich in exploration of colour and texture. This exhibition is for people who enjoy paintings in modernist styles. What has sustained this studio for 23 years in Balmain is the hART stART method which encourages mindfulness, personal growth, and a sincere friendship which grows between members. hART stART studio meets for afternoon and evening classes on Tuesdays 7a Campbell St The next FREE introductory trial class for new members will be on Tuesday 31st July at 1pm or 6.30pm. To reserve a place, phone Gary on 0410639819 or apply at www.hartstartstudio.com.au  

June 2018 Saturday 23, 10-4.30 and Sunday 24, 10-4

Drinks with the artists Sat 1-3pm All welcome


Three emerging NSW artists, Tom Fuggle, Beth Massey, and J*sh Butler present an exhibition that promises to be full of colour and variety with everything from illustration on wood to photorealistic oil painting.  

June 2018 Sat 30 June and Sunday 1 July 9am-5pm

Opening: Friday 29 6.30pm All welcome.


The Sunrise Group’s exhibition showcases the images of a group of photographers from the award winning Norths Photographic Society.  The work of each photographer reflects their experience in working with light whether it’s at sunrise over the northern beaches, a pattern shot or still life.  Photography from a variety of genres showcased can include the natural, urban and abstract landscapes, seascapes, nature, wildlife, travel and portraits and even still life photography. Each image communicates the emotional response of the individual photographer to a particular subject through the creative use of light, composition, line, form, shape and texture to produce striking images.  The images are presented on archival quality photo papers and are available for purchase. Norths Photographic Society website is <http://nslps.org.au>.

July 2018 Each day from 7 to 15 July, 10am-5pm

Opening: Friday 6, 6-8.30pm All welcome.


The Sculptors Society is excited to be showing at the Balmain Watch House and we will have works in many different styles of work, and materials from bronze through to found objects, wood, marble and stone, glass, material, resin, metals, ceramics. Works in multiples as well as unique sculptures that are one of a kind, both realistic and abstract. The Sculptors society was founded in 1951 and our mission is to promote sculpture and sculptors through regular exhibitions and encouragement with forums and education as a big part in the sharing of ideas.www.sculptorssociety.com  

July 2018 Saturday 21, Sunday 22 and Staurday 28 and Sunday 29, 10.30-4pm

Opening: Friday 20 5-7pm all welcome


The MoDeMa group of mosaicists are exhibiting their latest works inspired by the beauty of Nature.  Light, colour and changing seasons are captured using a variety of mosaic media. Mollie Pegler, Deb Kane and Margaret Tessarolo became firm friends through their shared love of Mosaics and combined to form the MoDeMa group. They have previously enjoyed exhibiting at the Balmain Watch House as well as earlier showings at Rozelle, Cremorne and Lindfield.  

August 2018, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5, 10-4pm

Opening: Friday 3 6-8pm All welcome


Open Studio Printmakers is a dynamic group of artists who explore the medium of printmaking. Although a long standing art form, each printmaker creates distinctive and contemporary works on paper. Lino and wood cuts, screen prints and etchings are just some of the methods you will see   and which create these exciting images. This printmaking collective enjoys maintaining its reputation by exhibiting works of quality and diversity, along with an intention to expose the wider community to this time honoured medium. The artists create artworks that reflect their original thinking, artistic integrity and diversity by using a wide range of styles and techniques, limited only by imagination. You will see a wide range of framed and unframed works exhibited and available at reasonable prices. Entry to the exhibition is free and all works are for sale.  

August 2018, Saturday 11, Sunday 12 and Saturday 18, Sunday 19, 10am-4.30pm

Official opening: 3pm Saturday 11, All welcome


Michiyo Miwa is a Sumi-e (Japanese inkwash) painter. Her main subjects for paintings are plants and landscapes around the Blue Maintains area where she lives now. She has also created a series of works on the Birchgrove and Balmain area, where she once lived some time ago. This art form mainly consists of lines created by brush strokes. In this sense, it is closer to calligraphy than painting. Jillian Culey’s connection with weaving began nearly 20 years ago when she lived and worked on a remote island in the Pacific. After a long hiatus Jillian reconnected with weaving 8 years ago. Now working with a wide variety of natural materials, she enjoys experimenting with various techniques including, twining, ribbed construction, random weave and string making. Jillian has had the opportunity to learn from a range of master weavers both in Australia and overseas. She has exhibited her work in galleries…

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August 2018 Saturday 25, 10-4pm and Sunday 26 10-3pm

Join us for drinks and nibbles on Saturday and Sunday.


My name is Kate Nielsen, and I am a Sydney based artist who mainly works with oil paint on canvas. My two dominant subjects are ‘Landscape’ and ‘Interiors’, because of their connection to place. Painting ‘Landscape’ enables me to feel a sense of connection to the natural environment, a need which is intrinsic to human nature. I enjoy the play of light and shade, the restorative nature of water, the natural linear rhythms created by the structure of the trees, the power of the expressive use of colour and the timeless quiet of rock formations. The ‘Interior’ represents place, as it is an expression of personal values, experiences and the ‘sacred’ objects of its creator. My Interiors emanate from the personal spaces of family, friends and other places of importance to me. They reflect the spirit created by the everyday juxtaposition of objects and patterns which go into the making…

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September 2018 Saturday 22 10am - 5pm Sunday 23 10am - 3pm

Official opening: Saturday 22 at 2pm - 5pm nibbles and drinks. All welcome


This exhibition features Margaret Frederickson’s history of living, working, training and sharing life with her family, friends, valued teachers and artists. This portrait of Sydney poet Antigone Kefala, (winner of the prestigious Judith Wright award for FRAGMENTS surrounded with her precious words), is one example of her painting.  Portraiture has been a huge part of her life’s work and before retiring she was a Portrait Tutor at the prestigious Brisbane Art Institute for decades. Her love of dance, theatre, architecture travel,(another passion) are all featured here with adventures from Indonesia to Korea and beyond. Since moving to Qld in 1982 she has continued in this rich vein of travelling, sketching and painting. Share a drink with the artist and friends on opening night Friday 28th September 6 to 9pm.    

29 and 30 September 2018 & Monday 1st October 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

opening Friday 6-9 All welcome


Peri Tobias, printmaker, Margaret Fitzgerald sculptor and Jennifer May, collage and mixed media. Margaret Fitzgerald was a finalist in the 2018 Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture. Her minimalist forms are reminiscent of natural artefacts with a strong design element. Jennifer May, an art teacher for over 25 years, takes on the theme of form and design using wax, collage and mixed media. Her works combine elements of landscape with an architectural clarity. Peri Tobias works in the field of plant genetics and has been a printmaker for 20 years. She has returned to her etched aluminium plates and restated them by cutting and printing irregular oviform shapes referencing her research.

October 2018 Saturday 6 and Sunday 7, 10-4

Opening Friday 5 from 6 to 8 pm All welcome.


One of Australia’s leading landscape painters, Tran’s exquisite works evoke a sense of place and nostalgia in the viewer. Mysterious, unsettling, beautiful – these images are a sanctuary from the busyness of our contemporary world, places of quiet contemplation and silent optimism.        

October 2018 Saturday 13, 10-6pm and Sunday 14 10-4pm

Opening Friday 12, 6 - 8pm All Welcome


Creativity knows no boundaries, and artists Carolyn Doherty and Ken Irvine-Brown have investigated many ideas over the years; their art practice spans a number of formats including works on paper, oil painting and wooden assemblages created from discarded piano parts. Passionate about music, Kens often sees pictures in the lyrics and when he found a discarded piano by the side of the road it was a chance to minimise ‘junk’ going into landfill and ensure the music lived on. See which songs you recognise… The amazing rock formation at Freshwater Beach demonstrated the power and creativity of nature; too seldom do we stop to look at those colours and forms. The forms needed no abstraction – nature had done it! In the wider landscape the colours underneath shine through and Carolyn’s work shows insight into nature’s processes. WEBSITE: https://carolyningrid.wixsite.com/carolyndohertyart-1    

October 2018 Saturday 20, 10-6 pm Sunday 21 10-5

Opening Friday 19 October 6pm-9pm All welcome


Due to unforeseen circumstances this exhibition is to be rescheduled early 2019 please check website for the date. Exhibition to be opened by Norma Ingram (NSW Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award winner, 2018)

to be rescheduled early 2019


Artisans Ryde Inc is a celebration of artists with a diverse range of talents working together to create original and innovative art in a nurturing environment. We live, work or play in the Ryde area and our shared mission is to enhance the relationships with the local artistic community and foster an environment for collaboration and partnerships across a range of artistic disciplines. Our creativity is expressed through glass, yarn, fabrics, ceramics, photographs, pencils and paint to name a few. Each piece is individually designed and crafted. Our ‘Art in the City’ exhibition encapsulates the encapsulates the essence of what we do and how we do it. www.artisansryde.smalltalkevents.com.au  

November 2018 Saturday 3 and Sunday 4, 10-4

Opening Friday 2, 6-8pm All welcome


Three Parts Light is an exhibition by three friends – two painters and a photographer. Lesley and Oscar bring their observations of life to life through pigment and brush. Jack observes, composes and practises his art through a lens. The works to be exhibited are as individual as the exhibitors. The pieces range from abstract creations (in acrylic, oil and watercolour) of landscapes, man and the man-made, to vivid, high-definition photographic prints of exotic wildlife and ethereal nature. In much the same way that the spectrum of colour creates white light so too does this varied collection of work find harmony in the blend of experiences observed, interpreted and preserved by the artists. The result is a beautiful visual rendition of life that is part shape, part texture, part colour and part shadow – and most importantly, three parts light. www.threepartslight.com.au  

November 2018 Friday to Sunday, 9 – 11 November 2018, 10 – 5 daily


Fiona and Helen are two like minded Artists who are passionate about their Art. They have long held a love of fresh colour, both in the fragility of Watercolours and the bright boldness of Acrylics. Their work will stand alone and bring an element of surprise, individuality, tell a story and bring real emotion, thus enhancing your favourite space. Both Artists have studied under the guidance of renowned artists, latterly with Dominique Sutton and Charles Sluga. Mollie Pegler will be displaying her award winning Mosaics which are full of colour and fun. Mollie, Helen and Fiona have enjoyed success in many exhibitions both solo and group and are particularly excited to be exhibiting together again. The Balmain Watch house is an excellent venue to display their works where they will be complimented by the beautiful sandstone walls full of history. Come along and wander through this amazing building. You are warmly invited…

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November 2018 November 2018, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 15, 16, 17, 18 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 22, 23, 24, 25 10 - 4pm

Opening Friday 16 5.30-8.30 Please join the artists for drinks


An exhibition from a local Innerwest group of female artists who are passionate about expressing themselves through creativity and art. They have come together to share their own journey of motherhood and the nurturing of their own creative spirits. Each artist channels a different energy within their work, making this exhibition an exciting fusion of colour, style and subject matter. There will be a craft table set up for all children.    

December 2018, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2, 9am-4pm

Opening Friday 30 Nov: 7pm - 8.30pm All welcome.