Exhibitions

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.

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Graham Cheney , Barbara Newton and Talia Iaconis are three art educators who have come together for a group exhibition defining a passion for the landscape and the figure. They are able to adapt a subject matter such as ‘Figures and the landscape’ in the most unique and individual ways. They capture the essence of the landscape through varying techniques but also their own source of knowledge, degrees of experience and understanding of the subject matter. To each artist their landscape tells a completely different story and arouses senses of colour, form and light in its individual representation, at times transcending from a flat surface into 3D form.    


January Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 20, 6-8pm All welcome

There will be an exhibition of ferries, trams and buses and a return of the popular story boards “Callan Park: Compassion and Conflict in the Asylum”.  


Saturdays January 28 and February 4 11.30 to 3pm

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An exhibition of works created in Beijing, China by Australasian artist Rone Waugh aka Wu Long Curated by Shen Xue  In these works the artist has set out give his views on modern day China in an innovative and ground-breaking format. PAINTING WITH LIGHT  Incorporating painting and traditional calligraphy with modern materials Waugh has developed a method of utilising layers of plastic film illuminated by LED adding a further dimension to the works. Waugh conceptualised this format during a three month residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. The works have received recognition from the Australian Government with a Highly Commended Certificate at the inaugural Arts in Asia Awards.


February Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 10 at 6pm, All welcome

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Helen Ross has long held a love of colour, originally in textiles, spinning and dyeing her own yarn for large tapestries and more recently in painting. After 20 years overseas, Helen returned to Australia where largely self-taught she explored the impact of acrylics and the fragility of watercolour. Her works are always motivated by colour and a sense of life. Keen to learn more, Helen studied under the guidance of Wendy Sharpe, Joe Bezzina and Jo Bertini. In recent years, Helen has enjoyed success in solo and group shows and has been invited to exhibit in sponsored events and private commissions. Her works are now held in private collections in Australia, USA, Canada and UK as well as corporate collections in Canada. Helen invites her many visitors from previous exhibitions and their friends are invited to enjoy celebratory drinks on Friday night.  


February Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 17, 6-8pm, All welcome

Saturday 25  History Room open 11.30 to 3pm


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A collection of works by 8 exhibiting members of the Warringah Printmakers Studio: Sue McLeod, Brenda Livermore, Kate Furnell, Karen Steele, Bernadette Facer, Julia Sample and Tracy McCarthy. Making a mark is about the ways in which the artists line, meets 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 by means of print, artist-books and sculpture. www.terravita.weebly.com    


March Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 3, 6-8pm All welcome

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The Balmain Peninsula Park Painters are holding their 13th annual exhibition. It 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 a special exhibition at the invitation of the Westpac Bank in Balmain. They have regularly exhibited, sold works and won awards at various art exhibitions.  


March Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 10 5:30 to 8pm Please drop in to the opening night or anytime over the weekend.

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Mamas With Easels is a fun and friendly community based hub for mums who love and thrive on all things creative, colourful and artful. Inspired by nature, a love for painting, drawing and creating, they are unified by a passion to express their own uniqueness and sense of self.  A quest to nurture the spark within all of us, being creative in any form promotes balance and vitality. This is particularly important in the role of being a mother. A positive and creative outlook fans growth and a healthy self-esteem. The exhibition aims to support the creative journey of dedicated and devoted mamas as well as give everyone the opportunity to enjoy some very beautiful, vibrant and unique artwork. Made from the heart, with love.


March Saturday 18 9am-4pm and Sunday 19 10am-3pm

Opening Friday 17, 7-9pm All Welcome

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MODEMA mosaicists, Mollie Pegler, Deb Kane, Margaret Tessarolo; Artists Chris Beard, Fiona Davis and Quilter Margaret Besley have combined to present this vibrant, colourful exhibition of their work. The mosaicists use both traditional and modern techniques in their sculptural creations. The experienced artists work in watercolour and acrylic to express their interpretation of nature while the juxtaposition of the colourful textile art sits well with the paintings and mosaic pieces    


March Saturday 25 9am-5pm and Sunday 26 9am-4pm

Opening Friday 24, 6-8pm Please join us for wine and nibbles

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This exhibition is by three visual artists from around the world who explore themes of the exterior and interior world. April White is an award-winning artist. Originally from Canada the paintings in this show have influences from Australia, Canada and her own interior world. Yoka Terzic is an artist born in Yugoslavia. She explores themes of personal identity and mythology influenced by outsider art and early cultures. She will be showing ink drawing and paintings. Nicholas Beckett will be displaying illustrations for two authors. One a writer of modern fairy tales in Canada and the other writes about life in the urban sprawl of Philadelphia. http://www.artofaprilwhite.com  http://animalbro.net/  http://saintbeckett.net  


April Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 10am-5pm

Opening Friday 31 March - 6pm-8pm All welcome

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This is the first group exhibition by four Sydney artists, drawn together through interconnecting and longstanding friendships and their backgrounds in graphic design. It will highlight the individual nature of their artistic paths and the inspiration they find in all that surrounds them. The pieces presented in ‘First by 4’ will be as individual the four artists who have created them – four women who have been drawn together through friendship, and who all have a background in graphic design. Nita Lewis has reverted to charcoal drawings in an effort to simplify her approach, after oil painting for many years. Jo Martin is inspired by nature, especially the ocean. She focuses on sustainability, aiming to create her artworks from found or gifted pieces. Nicole Miranda is a Graphic Designer and Visual Artist who works in the mediums of painting and ceramics; she is influenced by the beauty of the natural world. Nina Paine…

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May Saturday 6 and Sunday 7, 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 5, 6-9pm All welcome.

Danielle Gild exhibits her latest works in this solo exhibition. Through layers of colour and a degree of abstraction, Dan’s new works expressively interpret landscape, responses to her urban and domestic world in acrylics on both canvas and paper. Dan has also found a passion for ceramics and will be showing some of her explorations in working with clay.


May Thursday 11 to Sunday 14, 10am - 4pm

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Sandy & Sandy are two artists who have been friends since art school days.  They create affordable art based on all aspects of life and scenes from Balmain to Ryde and from the inner west of Sydney to west of the blue mountains.  Both Sandys have an affinity with colour and use light with an impressionistic approach that adds vigour to their art.  The exhibition includes landscapes, still-life, country and urban scenes on paper & canvas.  The diversity of scenes from urban to country life is a contrast that is not only interesting but quite profound.  The abstract to realistic styles of both artists will take the viewer on a fascinating journey. Their painterly styles are complemented by their love of colour and light.  Come along!    


May Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 19th 6-8pm All welcome

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Fiona Davis, Suzanne Fredericks , Kerri Kerley,  Marlysse Medina, Mollie Pegler,  Julie Percy,  Helen Ross Seven complimentary artists showing works depicting colour, movement, emotion and diversity juxtaposed with grace. Their individual personalities portray their artistic journeys in various forms and techniques.  


May Saturday 27 10am to 6pm and Sunday 28 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 26 6 to 8pm All welcome

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Works on paper by Helen Brancatisano This exhibition is the culmination of research into the turbulent history of the ‘Biloela’ Industrial School for Girls established on Cockatoo Island in 1871. It is the culmination of numerous visits to Cockatoo Island and research into the ‘Biloela’ Industrial School for Girls established there in 1871. Its purpose was to remove destitute girls from the streets of Sydney while providing them with an education that would enable employment in domestic positions.  The institution, however, was plagued with mismanagement and cruelty. The girls were housed in the original convict prison, and the name ‘Biloela’, an aboriginal word for ‘cockatoo’, was chosen to wipe out association with the notorious convict years on the island. In the face of their inescapable situation the girls were often defiant and vociferous. Their turbulent story moves through the island’s immutable sandstone cliffs and the physical remains of the prison….

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June Saturday 3 June, Sunday 4 and Saturday 10 and Sunday 11, 10am to 4.30pm

Opening Friday 2, 6 to 8.30pm All welcome.