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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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 numerous visits to Cockatoo Island and research into the turbulent history of the ‘Biloela’ Industrial School for Girls established on the island 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. These works, including drypoint etchings, monotypes and mixed media, strive to evoke the haunting human presence of those now…

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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.

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Four lifelong friends, who were born in Latin American countries but who have lived most of their lives in Australia, have combined their efforts to exhibit their eclectic and powerful art. The artists are:  Beatriz Copello:  In her Abstract Intuitional style she reflects the Australian landscape.   Clara Elena Uribe Norman:  Creates earthy sculptures inspired by Australia.  Carmen Julia Henry: Her Cosmic Impressionist paintings take the viewer on a trip from the land to the stars.  Maggie Escarting:  In her paintings she celebrates the lives of children, her style is uniquely Naïve.  She also will exhibit a collection of paintings that try to replicate her grandmother’s lace making with her intricate and detailed art. Dr Anne Summers, Author and Journalist will open the exhibition on Saturday 17th of June at 6pm.  Please join us for wine and nibbles.  


June FRIDAY 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, 11am to 7pm

Saturday 17 June at 6pm Please join us

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This is the 21st annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART Studio, now in its 22nd 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. hART stART studio meets Tuesday evenings in a designated art studio beneath Campbell St Presbyterian church, just a few minutes walk from The Balmain Watchouse. The next FREE introductory trial evening for new members will be on Tuesday 18th July 6.30pm OR Wednesday 19th July 10.30am, . To reserve a place, phone Gary on 0410639819 or apply at www.hartstartstudio.com.au    


June Saturday 24 10-4.30 and Sunday 25 10-4.00

Drinks with the artists Sat 1-3pm All welcome

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Artisans Ryde Inc is a celebration of diverse artists collaborating to create original and innovative art in a nurturing environment. We live, work or play in Ryde. Our shared mission is to enhance the relationships with the artistic community in Ryde and build an environment for collaboration and partnerships across varying artistic disciplines. We express our creativity through glass, yarn, fabrics, ceramics, photographs, pencils, water colours and oils to name a few. Each piece is individually crafted. Our ‘Made from the Heart’ exhibition encapsulates the essence of our work and the diversity of our media.  www.artisansryde.smalltalkevents.com.au      


July Saturday 1 and Sunday 2, 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 30 June 6pm to 8pm All Welcome

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Indian mirror work adornment is used in embroidery and decorating buildings from simple mud huts to ornate palaces. Called shisha, from the Persian sheesh meaning little glass, traditional societies warded off the evil eye through the lavish use of shisha in clothing, while the Sheesh Palace at Amber Fort, Jaipur is a pinnacle of mirror work. A direct experience of these forms of shisha inspiration can be found in the exhibition hosted by Christine Young and Lorna Harrison.  Previews can be enjoyed in Lorna’s shop India in Balmain, 442 Darling Street and found on Facebook.    


July Saturday 8, 10.30am to 5pm and Sunday 9, 10.30am to 4pm

Opening 7 July 6pm until 8 pm All welcome

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The Outliers are a group of four artists: Kristine Ballard, Melony Smirniotis, Tony Hooke and Peter Porteous. This group exhibition at the Balmain Watchouse reflects their passion for the Australian landscape and pays homage to the great Australian impressionist landscape artists of the past. In keeping with this sentiment, they have reached back in time to the famous Melbourne 9 X 5 exhibition of 1889 which featured some of Australia’s greatest impressionist artists such as Sir Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Charles Condor. Forty works for The Outliers exhibition will be painted on cigar box lids, focusing on individual artist styles whilst paying tribute to the shift in Australian art influenced by the Heidelberg school. Four major works will also be exhibited. Each artist brings to the exhibition their unique perspective of the Australian landscape and the way they interpret the colour and light.  


July Friday 14, Saturday 15, Sunday 16 and Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 10am to 4pm

Opening: Friday 14 6-8pm All welcome

Unfortunately Ana-Lia Washington has had to cancel her exhibition.   Saturday 29 July, the history room will be open 11.30 to 3pm.      


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August Saturday 5, Sunday 6, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13, 10am to 4.30pm ‘   Press On ‘ … a new exhibition from sydney gallery school Open Studio Printmakers This group of dynamic printmakers is working together with their individual vision unchanged, inviting the viewer to expand the interpretation between the language and visual media. These artists meet to share their love of printmaking in ‘ Open Studio Practice ‘ sessions at Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank. This printmaking collective strives to enhance and maintain its reputation by exhibiting works of quality and diversity to increase the understanding and appreciation of printmaking within the broader community. They set out to create artworks that focus their original thinking, artistic integrity and diversity by using a wide range of styles and techniques. You will see works on paper in the forms of etchings, lino and wood cuts, screen print, collagraph, solar plate etchings and…

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August Saturday 5, Sunday 6, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13, 10am to 4.30pm

Official opening from 3pm on Saturday, 5 August 2017 All welcom

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10am to 3pm on 19, 20 and 26, and 10am to 2pm on 24, 25 and 27. FACETS, the biennial exhibition of extraTexture Extratexture is a diverse group of five Sydney based textile artists who meet to share techniques, develop ideas and challenge each other’s textile art and mixed media practices : Cindy Cooper, Barbara McLennan, Margaret Millar, Kay Murray and Kerrie Shelberg. They will be happy to chat about where they obtain their inspiration and some of the ways they work while you enjoy a glass of wine with cheese and biscuits. One feature of each exhibition so far is the group challenge where each member is asked to present their interpretation of a photo or an idea. On this the fourth exhibition everyone was given a piece of fabric and asked to use some of it in their interpretation of the theme   “In the Garden” More information about…

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August Saturday 19, Sunday 20. Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26, Sunday 27

On Saturday 19th August at 2p.m. you are invited to meet the artists

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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.

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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