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.


Sharon Pincus Jacobson grew up in South Africa in the 1950′s and 60′s. She studied Art and Art History at the University of the Witwatersrand. She was involved in the struggle against apartheid and immigrated to Australia in the 1970′s. Sharon has always felt a strong desire to celebrate the Women of Africa.        

Friday 27 10am-8pm, Saturday 28 10-5pm and Sunday 29, 10am-4pm

Opening Thursday 26, 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


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.


The 12 Annual Exhibition of the Balmain Peninsula Park Painters which 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. 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. Please come and join us for nibbles and drinks on the opening night or anytime over the weekend.  

March Saturday 5 and Sunday 11, 10am-4.00pm

Opening Friday 4 5:30 - 8pm All welcome


Three exhibitions running simultaneously. 1. $660 and Under show featuring paintings by emerging and established artists for a fraction of normal retail prices. 2. Solo Show, The Painted Desert by Eddi Kewley. 3. Mixed exhibition featuring Annabel Nowlan, Robert Dickerson, Robert Simpson, Bela Ivanyi, Rosemary Valadon and others. www.eddikewleyart.com.au  

March Saturday 12, Sunday 13 and Saturday 19, Sunday 20, 10am-4.00pm

Opening Friday 11 March from 6- 8 pm 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


  A collection of recent works – real and unedited – by Hela Donella, who fell in love with the Watch House space last year. Together with Samantha Graham Hela will conduct  2 workshops Art in Mind on Sunday 3 April 2pm – 5pm and Tuesday 5 April 11am-2pm. The workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to have an introduction to mind training techniques, who loves to view or create art or wishes to find mind tools to creativity and controlling stress including business professionals, sports people and carers of chronically sick family members to deal with stress and build resilience. Lunch/Refreshments provided COST $75 per person Bookings essential 0412 485868 or email info@heladonela.com you DO NOT have to be an artist to attend this workshop. both workshops are capped at max 15 people.  

April Saturday 2, Sunday 3 Tues 5, Fri 8, Saturday 9, 11am-5.00pm Sunday 10, 11am-4pm

Opening Friday 1, 6 - 9pm all welcome


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