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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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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Balmain Association presents a Bruce Petty retrospective and Jan wood’s interpretation of POP, “From Gramophone to Google”. “From Gramophone to Google”. There are 3 Aspects PRE POP ie Pre plastic – Pre 1958 as epitomised by Bakelite (78 records  were made of this) and  Australia very much a  part of the British Empire. POP – 1958 onwards – The Age of Plastic (45’s were called Vinyls) The Age of Americanisation and Capitalism with a background setting of the Cold War. POST POP – The Digital Age – Globalisation – The mobile phone The Age of the Internet. The paintings encourage the viewer to Google key words and open discourse on what POP means to them.


September Saturdays 2, 9, 16, 23 11.30 am to 4pm

2p Saturday 2 September All welcome

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Come and see an exhibition of oil paintings by former Balmain resident, Tom Fuggle. The works featured are atmospheric seascape studies capturing moments of harbour life, and include ‘The Wake’ entered for the Wynne Prize 2017. Tom Fuggle grew up in London and studied Architecture in Edinburgh.   Website: www.tomfuggle.wordpress.com Tom Fuggle


September, Saturday 30 and Sunday 1 and Monday 2 October, 9am-5pm

Opening Friday 29 6pm-9pm All welcome

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Chris Donaldson’s exhibition consists of over forty photographs in both digital colour, and film & darkroom produced black & white, marking significant moments in time and place from inland Australia to the streets of New York – from Venice to London – Iceland to Peru and much in between. I love the way photographs record in fine detail moments that would otherwise be lost in our fading memories. But more than that, they can be expressive works of art that have a beauty and meaning that extend beyond the actual experience of the moment. The forty plus works to be exhibited here have been made in many countries across the world, with an emphasis on inland and outback Australia, but in all cases marking times and places of significance, both large and small. I have drawn from the natural and built environments, the historic, the modern, the amusing and the…

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October, Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 10am to 5pm

Opening Friday 6. 6 to 8.30pm, all welcome.

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The group is returning after their successful exhibition in 2015. This exhibition showcases six artists and the scenes from the world that surrounds them. Cecilia Hwang brings together her friends Mee Lee, Samuel Keem, Ida Arakel, Lorraine Kolenko and Ellie Hwang to bring a diverse collection of different mediums and styles.  


October, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 13th 6.30pm all welcome

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South Coast artist Hela Donela comes back to Balmain with her third annual exhibition at the Watch House. The exhibition explores the theme of TOUCH from various aspects. Hela absorbs simple moments of life: beautiful and painful and processes them into paintings. Through her paintings Hela calls the viewer to take a moment in a hectic world – to pause, feel and to allow them to touch the viewer emotionally. Hela’s works and the use of  metalire or egg shells as well as the textured nature of the paintings, call the viewer to touch. During the exhibition Hela opens selected paintings to careful touch by the viewer. She encourages a new and sensory approach to experiencing visual art : through vision, sound, words AND feeling the painting with touch. Hela will be available to share the stories and discuss her paintings. This exhibition is one not to miss. Her previous…

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October Saturday 21, Sunday 22, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29, 11am to 5pm

Opening Friday 20 6.30 - 8.30 all welcome

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We are a group of friends who have painted together for 10 years . This will be our third exhibition at the Watchouse in Balmain. Please come and visit our exhibition of  Landscapes Portraits Villages scenes , Seascapes ,still life you name it we have probably painted it and have it available for sale at our exhibition. Our prices are very competitive as we paint for love not to eat! All of us have attended international, Australian and local workshops with many internationally reputable tutors.   We look forward to meeting you in November 4/5 , Ruth Busbridge, Chris Capell,  Pamela Duffin,  Keith Lamport and Bruce Stanley. pammieduffin@gmail.com


NOVEMBER Saturday 4 and Sunday 5, 10am to 4pm

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All exhibited works are available at affordable prices. Allan Coker is a renowned sporting and Outback photographer. His works of land and seascapes have a painterly effect. Corinne Gaston uses a range of media. She travelled extensively in Asia and Tibet and her works reflect the natural and cultural influences about her. Barbara Hamilton is watercolour and acrylic painter, with a fluid painting style, of the harbor, coastal scenes and inner city street-scenes.. Carlie Lopez is a sculptor with a quirky style, carving aerated concrete, sandstone and limestone; hand-building and welding scrap metal. Stephanie Maraz works in mixed media, printmaking and sketching, emphasizing colour, shape, shadow and reflection, texture, and experimentation. Jenny Saunders-Thompson is a watercolourist in the wet-on-wet technique, painting the harbour, boats and bays as well as local streetscapes, landscapes, still life, flora and fauna. www.balmainartists.com  


November Saturday 11 and Sunday 12, 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 10 6-8pm All welcome

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Denise Barry, Deanna Doyle, paintings,drawings/mixed media, Pamela Pauline, fine arts photography. “In the past all of life was based on trees.”  The 14h Dalai Lama. Today, we respect that significance and honour their majesty. This exhibition came spontaneously for the three of us, we were all expressing our art, our passion, independently on “trees”. So, it spoke for us.  


November, Thursday 16, Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 11am-5pm

Opening Friday 17, 6-8.30pm. All welcome

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FIONA DAVIS and HELEN ROSS are two Well Known Balmain Artists showing works depicting colour, movement, emotion and most of all happiness!  


DECEMBER Saturday 2, 10am-6pm and Sunday 3,  10am-4pm

Opening Friday 1, 6-8pm 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