Past Exhibitions

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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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.