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

Information is available on our Contact Page or email bookings@balmainassociation.org.au.

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.


Three Sydney based artists present their latest works in this visual extravaganza using a range of mediums including paintings, mixed media and light projections. Nicholas Beckett presents “Jewels and Fools” Oil paintings on wood and canvas dealing with the frailty of the human condition and the ways in which we navigate this difficult world. Kathryn Henry is showing Mixed media works on canvas and wood – using acrylic paint, oil paint, wax oil crayons. In this body of work she returns to painting exploring illusion via layering within the picture plane, the resulting works a series of process based experiments. Natalie Cassaniti presents,  ’Odyssey of Dreams Pt I & II’ self-portraits done 10 years apart exploring the themes of self as works on paper and, “Sin, Seduction and Sirens of the Sea” a series of paintings of Mermaids, their power and allure. For more information visit the website http://saintbeckett.net  

August, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28, 10am to 5pm

Opening Friday 26 August 6pm to 8pm All welcome.


‘In the middle of the game’ is Sunmee Lee’s second solo exhibition. Sunmee Lee is Sydney based artist and a student of interior design. She endeavours to combine art and interior areas. Her works reflects her daily life as a play so she chooses photographs as a tool to visualise her concept. In daily life, she perceives the images from the walls, streets, buildings and nature.  She synthesizes her photographs into a story. This exhibition is another extension of it. She explores her emotions, experiences and thoughts in her unique methods. Every individual wanders `in the middle of the game called life’.  

October Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 10am-4pm


Step into the whimsical imaginings of mixed media artist Alisa Burlington an artist from the quaint town of Rylstone, NSW. She is a graduate from The Sydney College Of the Arts and is the Director of Jewellery label Mon Alisa Design. Her exhibition explores the art of transcendence through both physical and imaginative themes. Weaving narratives through varying collections to reawaken perceptions of awe and wonder for the child within. Here you will find myriad delightful trinkets including bespoke pieces of jewellery, vintage doily dream catchers, hand wired birdcages and vibrant paintings depicting sweet musings from the Artists childhood inspirations. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mon-Alisa-Design-346917035336959/ Blog: http://monalisadesign.blogspot.com.au  

October Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 10am-5pm

Opening Friday 7 6pm-8pm All welcome


Sydney Sketch Club has been running for almost 7 years and meetups are organised fortnightly, mostly on weekends.  There has been the occasional twilight sketch or week-day outing. This is the first exhibition held to showcase members’ drawings and paintings completed plein air at various locations across Sydney (including museums, galleries, historic houses, annual festivals, beaches and parks etc) – works on paper, some available for sale, will include watercolour, pastel, coloured pencils or markers in a variety of styles and a few completed sketchbooks will be displayed.  There will be a drawing activity each day. The public is invited to visit on Saturday 10am – 5pm or Sunday 10am – 4pm when the Organiser, Jennifer and other members will be happy to chat about sketch club activities or art in general.  More information available at: www.meetup.com/art-494 click on “Join Us” to be advised of a wide range of activities…

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October Saturday 15 10am-5pm and Sunday 16 10am-4pm


Pop-up exhibition by Balmain Knitters and a sale of pre-loved items, including a collection of jewellery, to raise money for SAWA NSW. times to be advised. The History Room will be open 11.30am to 3pm.  

October Saturday 22 and Sunday 23


Great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping with original artwork by Richard Sercombe, including mixed media and acrylic works of differing styles and sizes. Two relaxed weekend sales with wine and nibbles all weekend.  Come along at any time and enjoy some wine, nibbles and the artwork.    

October Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 and November Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 9am-6pm

Opening Friday 29, 6-9pm. All welcome


We are a community based group who have come together over the last few years to paint and as time has passed to develop and explore our individual styles. We have formed a strong bond through our time spent painting and discussing all manner of topics. From solving the problems of the world to the latest play or newest movie or even the mini crisis that has occurred at home. We have found that the great support and encouragement from within the group, together with gentle reminders from Lyndall, has allowed us all to continue to pursue our desire to improve. We invite you all to come and see the latest results.

November Saturday 12, 10am-5pm and Sunday 13 10am-4pm


The Wednesday Art Group will once more hold their annual Watch House Exhibition showing  over  100 artworks.  Watercolours, acrylics and drawings will be for sale at very reasonable prices. The members have a schedule of scenic painting locations around Sydney.   Each place is visited for three Wednesdays to allow for completion of work.  New members are welcome.   For anyone interested in joining the group there will be plenty of encouragement and advice although there is no tuition.  This friendly group has been making art en plein air for about 20 years.  It is a great way to develop a personal artistic style.  Everyone is welcome to the exhibition opening. Email Patrick Connolly patrickbc39@gmail.com if you would like information about joining the group.  

November Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 18 6-8pm All welcome


  “L’Art du Voyage” is based on three months travel I did last year in the Autumn months. I journeyed to London, Wales, Ireland, France, Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Malta with their magnificent art collections. This will be Catherine Harry’s 4th exhibition at The Watch House. The other three successful shows have also been based on journey and the joys of discovery and learning through travel. For a painting to succeed the artist needs to realise a vision and interpret it imaginatively. If you’re making work about a particular experience and place you have to spend time absorbing and being immersed in it. The last 15 years I have spent long periods of time in Europe with first hand contemplation of masterworks in galleries giving invaluable insight. My work is about story telling, poetry and experimenting with mark making and methods of paint application that retain an abstract quality yet read…

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November Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 25 6-8pm All welcome


Crystallise brings together the artistic expression of Christine Young and Margaret Kelly artistic and social concerns with imaginative, visual and social cognition and how these forces crystallise as experience in the external world. Lit by crystal, Christine’s peacocks and lyrebirds, take flights of fanciful imagination to of irrealis, a place of possibility where the horizon might meet the sea or the fire touches the earth. Margaret’s work, like a meditation, offers the viewer white space and the chance to quietly process the intensity of the juxtaposition of colours and patterns in one section of the collage.  Black and white ink lines wrap around the concentration of concrete forms and intrudes into these white shapes, reflecting the tension between meditation and our busy lives.  

December Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 2 December 6-8pm all welcome.


June Saturday 4, 10am-6pm and Sunday 5, 10am-4pm


In her first exhibition Lilyfield artist, Therese has combined her love of nature with her love of bright colours to present a collection of bold floral art. Roses, poppies, irises and magnolias form a large part of the collection which also includes flowers found by a roadside in California that Therese so far has been unable to identify. Contact: therese.lavender@gmail.com  

June, Saturday 11, Sunday 12, Monday 13 10am-4pm


June Saturday 18, 11.30 to 3pm


‘A change of hART’ is the 20th annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART Studio, now in its 21st year in Balmain. Through modernist methods, and the introductory abstract painting units, all members develop a confident personal style in an atmosphere of warm friendly support. Some members have achieved the stylistic confidence to mount their own exhibition, however resident tutors Gary and Rowena emphasise that hART stART studio is a course designed for beginners.The hART stART method encourages mindfulness, personal growth, and the sincere friendship which occurs between their members. Drinks with the artists Sat. 1-3pm        

June, Saturday 25, 10am-4.30pm and Sunday 26, 10am-4pm

Drinks with the artists Sat. 1-3pm


Nicole is a Sydney artist and ceramicist inspired greatly by Australian birds and flora. Works range from paintings in acrylic, water colour and gouache and organic hand built plus finished ceramic items for the home and garden. Exhibitions have included Artisans in the Gardens, Arcadian Artists Trail and the SRAS. Fiona is a originally form South Wales now residing in Sydney. She is a printmaker, enjoying lino printing as her main medium, creating prints of Sydney Harbour and Australian Flora. Recently she has been cutting her prints to create birds and flowers, enjoying collage and drawing on wood. Michelle is a Sydney artist who works with mediums including acrylics, water-colours and ceramics. Michelle has exhibited in a variety of venues including the Sydney Royal Agricultural Show and Hunters Hill Art Exhibition. This will be her first independent exhibition shared with artists with similar passions. Contact www.fionaroderick.com  

July, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3, 10am to 4pm

Maintenance work in backyard but History Room will be open.  

July Saturday 9 and Saturday 16, 11.30-3pm Balmain Association History Room


Original artwork by Richard Sercombe including mixed media and acrylic works of differing styles and sizes. Come along at any time over the weekend and enjoy some wine, nibbles and the artwork.  

July Saturday 23 and Sunday 24, 9am-6pm

Opening Friday 22, 6-9pm, All Welcome


Cassandra Pomroy is a potter and potterer based in Wagga Wagga.  She recently completed the Diploma in Ceramics at the Gymea Design Studio.  She uses her wonky hand-built work to tell not quite straight stories of adventures past, bushrangers and menstruation. Pamela Smith focuses on domestic bowls, plates and vases, with an emphasis on variations of ‘rims’.  She studied with Cass at the Gymea design Studio, Sydney Institute of TAFE and they enjoy an ongoing collaborative love of ceramics.  Pam focuses on Hardy stoneware and fragile porcelain. Irene Whitton, an inveterate traveller, has had three solo exhibitions in Sydney of her photography. She is interested in everyday life, capturing people and places in flux.  Choosing points in time with a sense of naturalism the viewer is invited into time, place and history to witness the mundane and the extraordinary, in contemporary Cuba.

July, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31, 10am-5pm

Opening Friday 29th 6-8 pm All welcome.


Works from Sydney printmakers including the internationally award-winning artist Rew Hanks and lots of talented artists will be on sale as part of a new exhibition from the Sydney Gallery School. The exhibition will showcase original and limited-edition linocuts, lithographs, etchings, collagraphs, woodcuts and other works on paper from established and emerging printmakers from across Sydney. Jutta Fuhrmans,  mobile:  04099 719 948  email: gfjf@tpg.com.au  

August Saturday 6, Sunday 7 and Saturday13, Sunday 14, 10am-4.30pm

Official opening from 3pm on Saturday, 6 August


We are a group of artists who met and became friends through Joe Bezzina’s  en plein air landscape class at the Royal Art Society of NSW. Outside of Joe’s class we often meet to sketch and paint at various locations in and around Sydney. We also love to pack up our painting gear and take off into the beautiful Capertee Valley for a few days of solid painting. Some of our favourite spots in the area are around Kandos and Rylstone for the old buildings, open plains and big skies where you can watch storms approaching from miles away.  Glen Davis is also another favourite location, where we have to work quickly to capture the dramatic cliffs as (their colour changes with every mood of the sky). This is the first time we have exhibited together and we hope everyone enjoys our interpretations of city and country landscapes.  

August Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 19 August 6-8.00pm All welcome

Come and chat to a member of the Balmain Association, find out more about local history, your house, your family, enjoy the ambience of the Watch House building.  

MarchSaturday 26 Easter Saturday 11.30 - 3pm


The exhibition will uncover some of Balmain’s Past. • Rediscovering Balmain’s Lost Houses: Minevia, Kalouan, Broughton Hall, Rozelle Post Office, Birchgrove House and others. • Remembering the 1500 – Discovering Balmain’s Lost Heroes from the Great War. Contact: dmacaus1@bigpond.net.au or contact@balmainassociation.org.au  

April Saturdays 16, 23, 30 – May 1, 2016 - 11.30am-4pm


Continued high value, quality and variety displayed by this team! Mark Coates, Fiona Davis, Mollie Pegler, Helen Ross and Diana Wallwork have created a great selection of modern and contemporary artworks. They would be delighted if you would join them to share some fine wine and friendly company.    

May Saturdays 7, 14 10am-5pm, Sundays 8, 15 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 6, 6-8pm All welcome


Simone Read’s love of colour, pattern and intricate details inspires her to paint a whimsical journey through the vast Australian landscape, capturing an abstracted view from places I have been, endeavour to explore or a journey translated for somebody else. More information: www.theabstractedview.com

May Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, 10am-3.00pm