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 email@example.com.
Interested exhibitors should submit their preferred dates by July for exhibiting the following year.
Come and read the stories of individuals, families and communities living near one another and their connections to the churches, local sporting groups, schools and most importantly parks. Add your story or special memory of an event to the number already there whether you have lived in Balmain, worked in Balmain, played sport in Balmain, swam in Dawn Fraser Pool or simply visited Balmain. Join us for the opening this Saturday at 2:00pm with wine and nibbles John Thomson, known to his many friends as Jack, has spent all his life in Balmain. Born in 1927 Jack remembers the days of the Depression, when kind greengrocers put aside “specs”, fruit which had spots on it that they gave to hungry children. As well Jack’s childhood had it trials. Jack will be attending the Watch House at the Exhibition Opening and will sign any sale of Jack’s Story from 2:00pm Saturday…
September Saturdays 3, 10,17 and 24, 11:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesdays 6,13 and 20 11:00am to 1:00pm
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-5pm
Opening Fri 30 Sep 6-8pm All welcome
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
This will be an exciting exhibition and sale. Friends of Callan Park will have their exhibition Compassion and Conflict in The Asylum comprising 21 story boards of patients, staff and children who grew up within the walls and the broader community who care about Callan Park. A book with its history, these stories and photographs of these people has been produced and will be available for sale $10. Balmain Library Knitters will display a selection of their of work and their “Wrapped with Love” story board. Find out more about their meetings.
Saturday 15th October 10am to 4pm
Friends of Callan Park and Balmain Library Knitters continue their exhibition to be joined by Support Association for Women of Afghanistan which will be holding a sale of Collectables, jewellery, vintage clothing and bric-a-brac. This will raise funds for SAWA’s new project with OPAWC (Organization of Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities) in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Open Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 October 10am to 4pm
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 28, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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…
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.