Past Exhibitions


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

A member will be present to answer your  questions.

2021 Saturday 6 March 11.30 t0 3pm


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


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.


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., 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


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


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


‘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…

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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


extraTexture are excited to be again exhibiting at the Balmain Watch House. We are a group of five textile and mixed media artists who are passionate about expressing our love of colour, form and texture in our primarily fibre based work. This year our exhibition has the theme Continuum which the dictionary defines as a sequence, something that keeps on going changing slowly over time. Our group work is one interpretation of the theme which reflects the highs and lows of life.  

2019 June Saturday 29, Sunday 30 June 10-4, and July Friday 5 10-3, Saturday 6 10-4, Sunday 7 10-3

Opening Saturday 29 June All are invited to meet the artists at 2.00pm


This is an exhibit of my traditional Chinese water colours and calligraphy. This exhibit is a collection of my work over the past ten years. These watercolours and calligraphy are all about water. Water is like bodies and dancing, water can be quiet like fog and it can be energetic and overwhelming like a waterfall or sharp and unpredictable like a storm. These peaceful painting use water to give meaning and space. I like to explore landscapes and nature in its many beauties and colours. I delve into my memories of beautiful places and I make images that are delicate and full of dreams. My traditional calligraphy is part of my culture, it is deeply ancient, meaningful and vast like the oceans. Together the words and colours work together take us to a peaceful world. Artist Xu Yi  

2019 Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21, 11am to 4pm

Opening Friday 19 4.30 to 7pm All welcome


Cancelled due to Family commitments. Migrated to Australia from Japan, Michiyo has been practicing Sumi painting (Japanese inkwash painting). The subtle gray hue and striking blackness created by sumi (ink made of soot), and warm texture of handmade paper are the elements of sumi painting. Like calligraphy, in sumi painting, once you make a mark on the paper with a brush stroke, you cannot change and the brush stroke shows the exact state of your mind at that moment. Also, her fascination with plants led to different types of art forms (she calls it plants art). One type is a plant arranged with a woven sculpture – not quite a flower arrangement as she mainly uses dried or burnt branches, weeds with seeds, and so on. Another type is the growing of a plant (often orchid) on a rock, a piece of dead wood, or a trunk of fern. Looking…

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Open Studio Printmakers are experienced graduate artists who continue exploring the joys of printmaking. Printmaking processes include linocuts, woodcuts, etchings, screenprints, monoprints and a combination of contemporary & traditional methods. Each of the artists create their own original prints, using one or a combination of printmaking processes to produce their beautiful, individual artworks. The title of this exhibition is a metaphor for the reflections of the artists and their prints. Like a mirror, the artworks reflect back images to the viewer. Each image is a reflection of the artist’s thoughts. A wide range of prints, both framed & unframed, will be on view for purchase.  

2019 August Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 10-3

Opening Saturday 10th from 3pm All welcome.


“Frayed”, a group of seven artists with a passion for textiles, is holding its second exhibition from 23 August – 1 September 2019. The title “Pathways” has inspired images of landscapes and ways of navigating through life. Works show a wide variety of techniques including eco dying, monoprinting, felting, quilting, fabric painting, gel plate printing, embroidery and mixed media art. As well as exhibition pieces, there will be a range of items for sale including bags, clothing, scarves and more.  

2019 August Friday 23, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 11am – 3pm Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Saturday 31 and Sunday 1 Sep. 10am – 4pm 

Opening 12 Saturday 24 at noon All welcome to come and meet the artists.


Jan Wood continues on her journey and invites you to join her for the BA’s exhibition in December/January.  

2019 September Saturdays 7 and 12, 11.30am-3pm and Tuesdays 3, 10 11am-1pm


“Around Us III” is the third exhibition at Watch House in Balmain. This exhibition will showcase culturally diverse artists and the scenes from the world that is around us. The audience can expect to see the artist’s inspirations and perspectives of the world. The exhibition involves Korean Australian artists based in Sydney with extended invitations to three artists based in Gloucester. These artists from all different walks of life will present different mediums and styles including oils, acrylics, drawing and mixed media that highlight the everyday experience of living in Australia. A number of artworks will also feature Hanji, a traditional Korean coloured paper. Korean Australian artists: Cecilia Hwang, Mee Lee, Mosura Park, Samuel J. Keem, Eun Hee Kim Gloucester artists: Rachel Saunders, Lyn Monro, Adele Compton

2019 September Friday 20, Saturday 21, Sunday 22 and Friday 27, Saturday 28, Sunday 29 10am-4pm

Opening Saturday 21 at 2.00pm All welcome

The mosaic artist Gretel Peristone, photographer Carol D’Amici and The MoDeMa Group of mosaicists are exhibiting their latest works which are inspired by the beauty of Nature. Light, colour, birds and the changing seasons are captured using a variety of mosaic and photographic media. Gretel Peristone has been exploring the art of mosaics for over 15 years and is drawn to the ancient medium of Italian and Mexican Smalti combined with found objects.She has recently completed a major commission to be installed in the Southern Highlands. Carol D’Amici previously has  exhibited her stunning photos of Nature,  capturing that elusive moment between light and shade. Mollie Pegler, Deb Kane and Margaret Tessarolo, through their friendship and love of mosaics, formed The MoDeMa Mosaic Group. They have enjoyed exhibiting at Balmain Watch House as well as Rozelle, Cremorne and Lindfield.  

2019 October Saturday 12, Sunday 13 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 12 6-8pm All Welcome


6 ARTISTS – 1 WEEKEND Original prints and sculptures by Karen Steele, Brenda Livermore, Kate Lovejoy-Furnell, Tracy McCarthy, Bernadette Facer and Susan McLeod. Starting from the inspiring lines and forms of nature, each artist works on her own take on the way in which these emerge as marks; of the natural, meaningful, the individual, the beautiful and the reflective. From the studio to you is about those marks we mark.  It 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.

2019 October Saturday 19, Sunday 20 10-4pm

Opening Friday 18, 6-8pm All welcome


After an enjoyable and successful group exhibition in 2016, ‘Artists At Large’ are back for a second show! Our group is comprised of dedicated artists, all under the guidance and tutelage of professional artist Fiona O’Beirne, an Archibald prize finalist. Over the last three years, we have all further explored our interests and experimented with various media and visual genres. Our exhibition will be quite eclectic, with works in oils, acrylic, watercolour and pencil. All works will be for sale. For further details contact Elisabeth Prax on 0478824678    

2019 October Saturday 26, Sunday 27 10.30 - 4.00

Opening Friday 25 6- 8.30pm- all warmly welcomed.

Over to You – 2019 (part 2) New exhibition and pre Christmas Clearance sale of ex-exhibition works. Join us for a drink anytime over the weekend.

2019 November Saturday 2, Sunday 3 10am-6pm

Opening Friday 1 7:30pm All welcome

We invite you to attend the Biennial Exhibition of our latest artworks as a group of experienced artists: Barbara Hamilton, Carlie Lopez, Jenny Thompson Saunders, Corinne Gaston and Allan Coker. Our artworks include a range of watercolours, ink and acrylic paintings, impressionist photography, drawings, ceramics and sculpture. We include many works reflecting our personal impressions of the beauty of our local Balmain and Inner West  area as well as memories of our travels. You can review our works on All works are for sale for cash at affordable prices – some unframed – over one weekend only.    

2019 November Saturday 9, Sunday 10 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 8 November 6 -8pm. All Welcome


Four women with a love of art and design, from three generations and different backgrounds, bound by friendship and a strong desire for creative visual expression, decided on a random whim to step outside their comfort zone and show their individual work together in one space.   Jan Barnett, a retired law secretary, Michelle Roberts, a graduate of landscape architecture, designer Elke Klein and high school student Rose Schafer are the FOUR heARTs+minds behind the upcoming exhibition of the same title at the Balmain Watch House. Works on show will include a surprising and eclectic mix of delicate water colour flower paintings, hand painted ceramics, quirky colourful fabric pieces, including bags and wall hangings, as well as drawings, collages and illustrations with a surreal take on youth, suburbia and strange dreams – all inspired by the immediate world around us and fuelled by emotional experience.    

2019 November Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 15, 6-9pm Please join the artists


Artist, Christeene Britton, returns to the Balmain Watch House weekend 23-24 November. She will be exhibiting in Open Studio Trail as part of IWC’s EDGE Program (see events). Britton’s classic colourful ink works as well as her textural acrylic on canvas pieces will be presented as a celebration of ‘What’s not to L.O.V.E.’ Britton brings a sense of harmony, balance & intrigue to her works to encourage and support a positive aesthetic vibe. Having a background in interior design her pieces are becoming highly collectable sitting comfortably within a combination of eclectic, classic and or contemporary settings. This exhibition will also offer a selection of handmade crocheted wire jewellery. This jewellery appeals to those seeking that individual piece – a selection of which feature semi-precious stones specially paired to create stunning earrings which are super comfortable to wear given their lightness regardless of size. As these earrings are all hand…

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2019 November Saturday 23, 9am-5.00pm, Sunday 24 10am-4.30pm


Sumit Ameria, Susan Landau Williams and Martial Cosyn. These three artists were all born overseas – America, France and India. Their various interpretations of their new life in Australia are represented here in various and joyful ways. A new life and a different culture – but a culture that is generous to the creative spirit. It has encouraged a connection to the earth, the folklore and the bush – Susan with unique pottery, Martial with glorious whimsy – bringing Joie de vivre amongst us, and Sumit adapting his amazing attention to detail in exquisite botanical works. This love and appreciation of their new homeland has inspired this Exhibition – a mixture of beauty, skill and humour, and Great Fun in the Joy of Making! This exhibition is Perfect for those wanting Happiness on their walls and shelves, and for that Special present. Hoping very much to see you there. Gaudium!…

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November 2019 Friday 29, Saturday 30, Sunday 1 December and Friday 6, Saturday 7, Sunday 8 December 10am-4pm

Friday 29 6-8pm All welcome


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.

Come and enjoy a presentation these exhibitions from our archives Balmain Through Younger Eyes photos taken by students at Nicholson St Public School  circa 2004 and an encore of Balmain Personalities by David Liddle.  

December 2019 Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 11.30-3pm

Saturday 14th December Christmas Drinks at 2pm All welcome


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


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.


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

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

Official opening Saturday 16 3-6pm, 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.  

2019 March Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 10-4.30pm

Opening Friday 22 6-8.30pm 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


An event not to be missed! It’s Spring again and after 10 years the Balmain Association is planning another opportunity to visit some of the spectacular gardens in our area. We will have open for inspection a variety of the wonderful gardens – some large, some small, some tucked away behind high fences. There will be a planned walking route in two areas which will also give you the opportunity to look over the fence at some gardens as you pass by. Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the exceptional gardens at Ewenton at Cameron’s Cove Balmain East, Wyoming at 25 Wharf Rd and Hirondelle at 26 Dock Rd Birchgrove where of particular interest are the bromeliads, orchids and succulents set a lush tropical-style scene. The Spring Garden Walks are on Saturday 27 October. The gardens will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Last entry…

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Saturday 27 October 2018, the gardens will be open from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

The essence of light is the ethereal element that can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, the enlightened or the enigmatic. It is also the process of imagery, the art of production that transposes the artist’s idea to the audience. The journey to find this essence is a personal one and can take a lifetime. The exhibition presents contemporary images from a group of artists as they work to unlock, explore and define their meaning of the essence of light as part of the Head On Photo Festival 2018. Official ceremony Saturday 12, 1pm for 2pm with Guest Speaker, Greg Piper please join us.

May 2018 Friday 4 10-6pm, Sat 5, Sun 6 10-5:30pm, Wed 9, Thurs 10, Fri 11 10-6pm Sat 12, Sun 13, 10-5.30

Official ceremony Saturday 12, 1pm for 2pm All welcome

Christien presents her ‘For your Eyes Only’ solo exhibition showcasing both acrylic & ink art pieces. Her aim is that her art pieces be explored & evaluated by each individual in order that there be a connection, engagement & personal assessment. Her acrylic pieces are highly structured geometrics which engage with a sense of colour, texture & movement. In contrast to the ink artworks which are colourful, fluid and have a never-ending intrigue. As Christien has lived, painted & exhibited in a number countries within the Asia Pacific region her works have been collected both domestically & internationally. Having a background in interior design, her works aim to create a sense of individuality whilst at the same time adding to the ambience of both a traditional or contemporary environment. Let your eyes be your judge as they guide you through the exhibition.  

May 2018 Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, 9.45-4.30

Opening night: Friday, 18 May – 6.30-8.30 all welcome

Travelling through France and Italy Gary and Rowena found inspiration for their painting from the walls of the buildings, where a trace of the people who lived there over the centuries are held in the fading marks they left behind. For Rowena, complex layered multi media works on paper seek to find these haunting whispers of the past, held in the patina of a wall in rooms from Pompeii to Chenonceau. Gary’s large canvas works are explorations of his encounters with the passages and walls outside, where the decay, renovation and subsequent deterioration provide, at every corner, another experience of the intricacy of human habitation. Gary’s paintings seek to encapsulate his experience of these echoes of the past through his rich exploration of texture and colour.  

May 2018 Saturday 26 10am-5pm Sunday 27 10-4pm, Friday 1 12.30-5 Saturday 2 10-5pm Sunday 3 10-4

Opening Drinks with the artists 12.30 -3pm Saturday 26 May

An exhibition of Richard Sercombe’s latest works. Landscapes, including some from recent trips to England and Northern Italy. Also, Richard continues to explore new approaches to capture the essence of floral subject matter. The exhibition will include an ex exhibition clearance sale, with reductions of 50 percent being common. Call in and enjoy a drink and some nibbles while you view this exciting exhibition.  

June 2018 Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Monday 11 10.00 to 6pm

Opening Friday June 8 at 7:30pm, with a preview from 6pm. All Welcome.


The Architecture of Birds Birds are all around us and yet we do not speak their language or have any great understanding of their world. We invade and change their environment with so little thought or consideration, and urban development is the greatest cause of loss of habitat. Claire Armstrong, Vicki Ratcliff, Evan Armstrong and Helen Mackay are four Pittwater artists with very different styles and approaches. As artists they attempt to capture the spirit of the birds with watercolour, acrylic, oils, ink and etchings. Their images reflect their insights into the world of birds. The exhibition depicts their individual response to birds and their love affair with nature and birds. They invite you to deepen your connection with the environment of birds.  

June 2018 Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, 10-4

Opening Friday 15, 6-8.30pm by Simon Duffy, head of conservation and science Taronga Zoo.All welcome.

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  

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 <>.

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  

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