Past Exhibitions

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Original copies of the Link, local Balmain newspaper from the 1960s and 70s, will be available to peruse, a newspaper that serviced the Balmain, Birchgrove, Rozelle and Lilyfield areas of Sydney. We are currently ‘hands on’ with digitising the copies from the 1960s and early 70s. Issues such as banning plastic bags and council amalgamations feature prominently and this was 50 years ago!! A fascinating story from the November 1969 issue informs us of plans for the Balmain Hospital to expand and increase services for the increasing population in the area. A front page article from April 1970 informs the local population that the Balmain Watch House, after a major restoration, is officially opened. Many more stories from our history will be revealed at our exhibition.


2022 Saturday 3 September, Tuesday 6 September and Saturday 10 September
11:30am to 3:00pm

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A time to reconnect through art, whilst everyday life draws us away, art is like the magnet which connects us together through culture, time and experiences. A collaboration of Turkish inspired art works including Ebru Art (Turkish Paper Marbling) by Serpil Gurkan, made with natural pigments from the earth using century old techniques. Each piece is unique and cannot be replicated. Come and be inspired by our contemporary limited-edition collection, inspired by centuries old geometric patterns and beautiful 16th Century Ottoman Palace textiles. Handmade with love, each piece created on 100% woollen felt using traditional screen-printing methods. Instagram: serpilgurkan          


2022 September, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, 10am to 5pm

Opening Friday 16, 5 – 8pm All Welcome

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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 draw 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.  


2022 September Saturday 24, 11am to 4pm and Sunday 25, 11am to 3pm

Opening Friday 23, 6.00-9.00pm all welcome

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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

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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!

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    Cancelled due to Covid but thought the info. should be preserved The Balmain Association will present a photographic exhibition titled Chimney Stacks of Balmain, that made Balmain, giving emphasis to those industries that had chimney stacks. A few still exist today but most have been demolished. Below the White Bay Powerhouse stack.


2021 September Saturday 4, Tuesday 7, Saturday 11, 11am to 3pm

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 of everyday life for a large family {12 children (5…

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2020 Saturdays December 12, 19; 2021 January 9, 16, 23, 30 11.30-3pm

opening 2pm Saturday 12th December

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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 March Saturday 13 and Sunday 14, 9am-5pm

Opening Friday 12 March 6.30pm – 8pm All welcome

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Photographer Amelia Seddon Photography connotes a sense of the real, which makes it more jarring when we look at visual forms and see something unexpected. An avid reader, music lover and traveller Amelia is excited to weave fragments of Landscapes and Still Lifes into a shape which is at once familiar and new.  


2021 March Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 9.00-5pm

Opening Friday 19, 6-7.30 All welcome

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The work of four photographers is represented in this exhibition – Kay Hathway, Fiona Huddleston, Beryl Jenkins and Judy Warburton who explore what lies within the space between artistic interpretation and visual representation. There are multiple exposures and single images, contemporary processes and those that are more traditional. These works consider the freedoms that can flow when a photographer lets go of conformity.  


2021 March Friday 26 5-8pm, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28, 10am - 5pm

No official opening but please join us sometime during hours listed

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Richard continues to explore landscape with emphasis on the Australian Bush, largely in mixed media and watercolour, in a wide variety of differently sized works. What Richard refers to as ‘florally inspired works’ continue to feature as well, including some new alcohol ink works. Look forward to catching up in April! Drop in sometime over the weekend for a drink and nibbles.  


2021 April Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 10am to 6pm

Opening Friday April 9th at 7:30pm

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Australian Heritage Festival – Our Heritage, for the Future                               by Helen Carter 18 April-19 May 2021 The Balmain Association has registered for this event and Members of the Archive Committee are putting together an amazing exhibition. Our focus for Balmain’s history for the future is digitising our Collection making it easily accessible to all and the exhibition is titled “Digitising our Future”. Starting with our cassette tapes we have selected 4 Balmain personalities who were recorded as part of our oral history project in the early 1990s. Their voices and memories have been transferred to a different format and with projected images they now talk to you from the charge room and the cells of the Watch House. Come and listen to our podcasts. The personalities selected are – Joan Parsons and Lorna May Faulkner born and lived at 26 Grove Street, Birchgrove(great granddaughters of the John Degotardi,…

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2021 April and May Saturdays 11.00am to 3pm Tuesdays 11am to 1pm.

The opening will be Saturday 24 April 2pm

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Martin Watson was born in 1972 Sydney. One of seven children encouraged to draw and embrace art from an early age. I create layered works that explore themes that are both personal and universal. My studio is a portal to worlds real and imagined. I like to incorporate a diverse range of media in my art practice. Discarded images and objects are collected and recycled, combined with traditional materials to create works that transcend our throw away culture. Through observation and memory I document everyday experiences and objects in an attempt to reveal their poetry and life force.’ Martin Watson. Image “Butter scape” BA members are welcome on opening night.     Our web address: martinwatson.com.au or http://martinwatson.com.au/


2021 May Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 10am-4pm

Exhibition Opening : Friday, 28th May 2021 5pm to 8pm

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A PAINTING EXHIBITION FROM THE MEMBERS OF hART stART studio. ‘the hART grows fonder’ is the 24th annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART art studio with expressive artworks, rich in exploration of colour and texture. This exhibition is for people who enjoy paintings in modernist styles. The  hART stART studio in Balmain for 25 years encourages mindfulness, personal growth, and a sincere friendship which grows between members. Through modernist methods, all members work in a confident personal style in an atmosphere of warm friendly support. hART stART studio meets for evening classes on Tuesdays in a designated art studio, just a few minutes walk from the Balmain Watch House. To enquire phone Gary 0410639819 or view the website at www.hartstartstudio.com.au                      


2021 June Sat 19 10am - 4.30 pm and Sun 20 10am -4pm

Drinks with the artists Sat 12-4pm

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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.

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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.

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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

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My Art practice responds to the outback Landscape of Far North West NSW collecting natural and Industrial found objects examining their co-existence on the landscape. The memory and markings in the found objects are my focus of research underlining the landscape’s history of outback NSW and the lands of Mutawintji, rich in Aboriginal culture. Reappropriation of these objects into sculptural assemblages evoke a memory of Indigenous communities, Industrial mining and farming history with the traditional practice of woven vessels for gathering representing a whole history. The casting of some objects in bronze symbolises the historical footprint of these histories and traditions. Kristen Radge  


November 2020, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, 10am-4pm

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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

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‘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

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‘Take hART’ is the 23rd annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART studio at the Watch house. Audiences will be treated with expressive artworks, rich in exploration of colour and texture. This exhibition is for people who enjoy paintings in modernist styles with strong emphasis on individual expression. What has sustained hART stART studio for 24 years in Balmain is the hART stART method which encourages mindfulness, personal growth, and a sincere friendship which grows between members. Through modernist methods, all members develop a confident personal style in an atmosphere of warm friendly support hART stART studio meets for afternoon and evening classes on Tuesdays in a designated art studio, just a few minutes walk from The Balmain Watch House. The next FREE introductory trial class for new members will be on Tuesday 23rd July at 1pm or 6.30pm. To reserve a place, phone Gary on 0410639819 or apply at www.hartstartstudio.com.au…

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2019 June Saturday 22 10-4.30 and Sunday 2310-4

Drinks with the artists Sat 22, 1-3pm All welcome

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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.


February 2020 Saturday 15 and Sunday 16  10am-4pm

Opening Friday 14, 5-8pm, All welcome

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The Balmain Peninsula Park Painters, Mary Cullen and Susan Grant, are having their 16th annual art exhibition at the Balmain Watch House featuring many of local Balmain scenes, as well as still life, animals and travel works. The artworks include a range of watercolours, oils and etchings.  


2020 March Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 10am to 4pm

Official opening Saturday 14 at 12.00 midday All welcome

Long Nose Point, an etching by Mary Cullen.

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by Åsa Wahlquist Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club is about more than a children’s sailing club. It is about the old sailing culture in Balmain, and the area’s waterfront industries. It is about the men who worked on the waterfront, who sailed open boats with their huge sails, and the lessons they taught the children of Snails Bay Sabot Sailing Club. It is about being a child in Balmain in the 1960s, before the suburb was gentrified, the waterfront industries closed down and most of the old sailing families moved out. The book also documents the history of the Sabot in Australia.


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Photographs by Douglass Baglin and Gordon Clarke. Compiled by Debbie Nicholls Featuring historic houses of Balmain. “Around Balmain” has been produced in an effort to provide the “book about Balmain” that so many people request when they visit the area. We have chosen to provide a view of the older houses in which people live, of their schools, hotels, hospital and public buildings but not, with a few exceptions, of their working lives either now or in the past. We have tried to select some locations with particular historical interest, and others that reflect types of dwellings built in the 19th and early 20th century; a tour in fact, “Around Balmain”. Soft Cover, 56 Pages, 1986


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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

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CONNECTING ART WITH COMMUNITY AND LOCAL CHARITY VIBRANT AND EXCITING. ‘Femelle’ is a vibrant and exciting local Innerwest female art collective who embrace joy, fun and creative expression. They bring to you their artistic talents, inspirations and passion for creativity and art. Grab a coffee and come to feast your senses on some beautiful and unique artwork. All in the lovely setting of our special and historic Balmain Watch House on Darling Street, Balmain. Exhibitors include recognised and emerging artists including Fleur Stevenson, Jane Sankey, Alexandra Plim, Patrice Wills, Imogen Eve, Michelle Huntingon and Kezia Tan. Contact: Kati Wilson 0415 090 589  


2022 February Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 9am-5pm

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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

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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!

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“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

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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

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Celebrating the National Trust Heritage Festival 2022 The History Group of the Balmain Association will be presenting an extensive collection of objects from our collection for the National Trust Heritage Festival. Some of the items are from the period when the Watch House was still a lockup. There will be original handcuffs, police batons and the sergeant stripes from Sgt Ira Gray, the last policeman to stay in the Watch House. There will also be a number of items displayed that were found when the local community was involved in renewing the garden. Our exhibition will be on every Tuesday 11 to 1 pm and Saturday 11 to 3pm from 16 April to 14 May. We hope to see you there.


2022 April, 16 to May 14 Saturdays 11 to 3pm and Tuesdays 11 to 1pm.

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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!

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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 Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 10am - 4pm

Meet the artists on Saturday 28 May and Saturday 4 June between 2 and 4pm

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Salum and Jean Burke welcome you to take a safari through this exhibition. Salum has made his livelihood from art for a long time, selling paintings in his homeland on the streets of Tanzania. Bold sunset and rasta-colours convey energy and warmth. Both Salum and Jean’s artworks on canvas and paper evoke a sense of place and connection to East Africa, in stories of village life, and wild animals of the savannah. Jean’s artwork showcases printmaking methods; lino and woodcuts, collagraphs, etchings and artist books, with a particular focus on trees. Each artist has exhibited locally and interstate, including in Parliament House, Canberra. Their art is available in a variety of prices, including unframed work and cards. https://www.instagram.com/jeanburke76/


2022 June Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 17, 5-8pm All welcome

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Works created by Heather Hunt and David H Herbert. Brush with bay is a collection of works painted in acrylic on canvas, by local artist Heather Hunt and David H Herbert, the resident artist at Heather’s Studio in Boudi National park. Their artworks although very different in style are all inspired by their lifestyles living by the water in Balmain and The Central Coast of NSW. The ever changing landscape, waters-ways, and flora and fauna they co exists and live alongside are all reflected in their artwork. We hope you enjoy our exhibition as much as we enjoyed creating it.        


2022 June Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 10am to 5pm

Opening Friday 24th 6-9pm all welcome

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A PAINTING EXHIBITION FROM THE MEMBERS OF hART stART art studio ‘hART of Hearts’ is the 25th annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART art studio at the Watch house. Audiences will be treated with expressive artworks, rich in exploration of colour and texture. This exhibition is for people who enjoy paintings in modernist styles with strong emphasis on individual expression. What has sustained hART stART studio for 26 years in Balmain is the hART stART method which encourages mindfulness, personal growth, and a sincere friendship which grows between members. Through modernist methods, all members work in a confident personal style in an atmosphere of warm friendly support hART stART studio meets for evening classes on Tuesdays in a designated art studio, just a few minutes walk from The Balmain Watch House. To enquire phone Gary 0410639819 or view the website at www.hartstartstudio.com.au


2022 July Saturday 9 10am to 4.30pm and Sunday 10 10am-4pm

Drinks with the artists Saturday 9, 12-4pm

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You are invited to join Richard Sercombe some time over the weekend  at the latest exhibition of his artwork. Richard continues to produce Acrylic and Mixed Media artworks of landscapes and ‘floraly inspired works’, in a variety of styles and sizes. Enjoy some refreshments as you view the new exhibition, and, possibly take advantage of the reduced prices on the popular ex- exhibition stock. Richard is now represented in private collections around the globe, in the United States, Europe and Asia, as well of course throughout Australia.      


2022 July Saturday 23 and Sunday 24, 10am-6pm

Friday the 22nd July at 7:30pm

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Due to Covid restrictions this exhibition was postponed 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”. 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 these exhibitions as an opportunity to showcase the time honoured medium of printmaking to the wider community. Visitors will not be disappointed! A wide range of…

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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 to 4pm on Saturday 8 August All Welcome

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A vibrant exhibition by local artist, Amelia Horvath, showing works created at her nearby Balmain studio. This collection includes a number of works completed during the lockdown period since early 2020 and explores landscapes and seascapes that were beyond reach during this time – combining the real, the imagined and the remembered. Drawing inspiration from travels, photographs and memories, these bold, gestural works seek to capture the feeling and sense of the faraway landscapes to which we travel, and those to which we come home. Instagram: @ameliahorvath


2022 August Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 11am-3pm

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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 August Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 10am - 4pm

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

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A time to reconnect through art, whilst everyday life draws us away, art is like the magnet which connects us together through culture, time and experiences. A collaboration of Turkish inspired art works including Ebru Art (Turkish Paper Marbling) by Serpil Gurkan, made with natural pigments from the earth using century old techniques. Each piece is unique and cannot be replicated. Come and be inspired by our contemporary limited-edition collection, inspired by centuries old geometric patterns and beautiful 16th Century Ottoman Palace textiles. Handmade with love, each piece created on 100% woollen felt using traditional screen-printing methods. Instagram: serpilgurkan_


2022 September, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, 10am to 5pm

Opening Friday 16, 5 – 8pm All Welcome

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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.