The Balmain Watch House is available for hire as an exhibition space. Bookings are usually for one weekend.

The Watch House is located at 179 Darling St Balmain NSW

Information is available on our Contact Page or email Bookings

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.


Mamas With Easels is an Inner West community project bringing together the artistic passions of women who are nurturing their own creative spirit as they nurture their own young ones. Their work is expressive, vibrant and playful. As they face the challenges of motherhood and embrace the many tender moments, they are entwining their arty selves into the tapestry of the journey itself. Fun and charming, soulful and enriching, this colourful and diverse exhibition of eight local female artists will certainly please the visual palette whilst the warm and nostalgic environment of the venue will make for a delightful visit.      

February Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 9am to 4pm

Opening Friday 9 Drinks 6 to 8.30pm All welcome


Jackson Wood is a young photographer who was born in Birchgrove the son of a local shipwright. Naturally he spends much of his time mucking about the waterways, boating, fishing and swimming. This exhibition is a stunning collection of sea and landscape photos that he has captured as part of his daily life travelling between his two homes on the South Coast near Central Tilba and Balmain.    

February Saturday 17 10am-4pm and Sunday 18 11am-4pm

Opening Friday 16 - 6-9pm  All welcome


A collection of beautiful and diverse oil paintings by Vicky Kastanias Vicky Kastanias is a developing Sydney based artist who began painting in her 60s after the passing of her husband. Vicky was always drawn to art and attended galleries but never thought of picking up a pencil or brushes to try it herself. On a whim, she attended art classes and found she had an ability to capture any image.  Oil painting became a passion. Before long, family and friends started requesting images for their own home displays. No subject was too challenging. Vicky is primarily drawn to the beauty of nature but paints a broad spectrum of themes and styles including still life, landscape, fantasy, abstract and religious images. This is Vicky’s first solo show.

February Sat 24 and Sunday 25  10am to 5pm 

Opening Fri 23rd Feb - 6pm to 8pm All welcome


Robyn Sharp This exhibition reflects the freedom I find in creating – a joyful process, where I can capture moments of imagination, fragments of memories, and the many levels of human emotion. My style is evolving; each creation teaches me about myself and is like a mirror of my life and emotions. I strive to be an authentic artist, one who bares their soul through art.  I suppose one day, my craft will stabilise and become artistically identifiable, but then again it might not. After all, we are forever changing beings, and my art is the change in me!          

March  Saturday 3 and Sunday 4  10.30am– 5.00pm

Friday 2 7.00pm – 9.00pm All welcome


The Balmain Peninsula Park Painters are holding their 14th annual exhibition at the Balmain Watch House from Friday the 9th of March to Sunday the 11th of March 2018. The theme for this exhibition is “Balmain and Beyond”, 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. This free exhibition opens from 5:30 to 8pm on Friday, 9th March 2018. Please come and join us for a glass of wine on the opening night or anytime over the weekend (Saturday, 10th March and Sunday, 11th March, from 10am to 4pm). Please join us for a glass of…

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March Saturday 10 and Sunday 11, 10am to 4pm

Opening Friday 9, 5:30 - 8pm All Welcome


Carolyn Haywood, Jeanette Prout and Barbara Ward are three artists with different styles and approaches to their work. We share a long-time passion for art and will be exhibiting together in March 2018. Etchings, photographs, drawings, artist’s books, watercolour and acrylic paintings will be for sale at reasonable prices. The subjects are colourful and varied with something to suit anyone.

March Friday, 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, 10am-4pm

Opening Friday 16, 6 - 8pm All welcome


A show organised by Andra Krumins featuring different artists across varied media such as ceramics, print, photography, painting and drawing, to offer works both useful and purely decorative. The three, small, lockup cells of the Watch House will be individually themed as LIFE, HAPPINESS and HARDSHIP to create a sense of coherence and philosophical separation through different groupings of relevant works, while the other spaces will display a general exuberance of artistic output!

March Saturday 24 and Sunday 25, 10am-5pm

Friday 23 March at 5-8pm All welcome

The Balmain Association will present a series of photographs by David Liddle of local people from non Anglo backgrounds. Also on display will be a selection of photos from his Balmain book and photos from the series, ‘people in the streets of Balmain’. Join us for the opening of this revealing culturally diverse exhibition at 2pm on Saturday 7 April The exhibition will continue during Heritage Week on Saturdays 11am to 4pm and Tuesdays 11am to 1pm during the month of April.

April Saturdays 11am to 4pm and Tuesdays 11am to 1pm Saturdays 11am to 4pm and Tuesdays 11am to 1pm

2pm Saturday 7 April. All welcome


The essence of light is the ethereal element that can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, the enlightened or the enigmatic. It is also the process of imagery, the art of production that transposes the artist’s idea to the audience. The journey to find this essence is a personal one and can take a lifetime. The exhibition presents contemporary images from a group of artists as they work to unlock, explore and define their meaning of the essence of light as part of the Head On Photo Festival 2018. Official ceremony Saturday 12, 1pm for 2pm with Guest Speaker, Greg Piper please join us.

May Friday 4 10-6pm, Sat 5, Sun 6 10-5:30pm, Wed 9, Thurs 10, Fri 11 10-6pm Sat 12, Sun 13, 10-5.30

Official ceremony Saturday 12, 1pm for 2pm All welcome


Christien presents her ‘For your Eyes Only’ solo exhibition showcasing both acrylic & ink art pieces. Her aim is that her art pieces be explored & evaluated by each individual in order that there be a connection, engagement & personal assessment. Her acrylic pieces are highly structured geometrics which engage with a sense of colour, texture & movement. In contrast to the ink artworks which are colourful, fluid and have a never-ending intrigue. As Christien has lived, painted & exhibited in a number countries within the Asia Pacific region her works have been collected both domestically & internationally. Having a background in interior design, her works aim to create a sense of individuality whilst at the same time adding to the ambience of both a traditional or contemporary environment. Let your eyes be your judge as they guide you through the exhibition.  

May Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, 9.45-4.30

Opening night: Friday, 18 May – 6.30-8.30 all welcome


Travelling through France and Italy Gary and Rowena found inspiration for their painting from the walls of the buildings, where a trace of the people who lived there over the centuries are held in the fading marks they left behind. For Rowena, complex layered multi media works on paper seek to find these haunting whispers of the past, held in the patina of a wall in rooms from Pompeii to Chenonceau. Gary’s large canvas works are explorations of his encounters with the passages and walls outside, where the decay, renovation and subsequent deterioration provide, at every corner, another experience of the intricacy of human habitation. Gary’s paintings seek to encapsulate his experience of these echoes of the past through his rich exploration of texture and colour. JUNE June Friday 1 12.30-5, Sat 2 10 to 5 and Sun 3 10-4 Traces of Place continues.

May Saturday 26 10am-5pm Sunday 27 10-4pm, and Saturday 27 10-4pm

Opening Drinks with the artists 12.30 -3pm Saturday 26 May


June Friday 1 12.30-5, Sat 2 10 to 5 and Sun 3 10-4


An exhibition of Richard Sercombe’s latest works. Landscapes, including some from recent trips to England and Northern Italy. Also, Richard continues to explore new approaches to capture the essence of floral subject matter. The exhibition will include an ex exhibition clearance sale, with reductions of 50 percent being common. Call in and enjoy a drink and some nibbles while you view this exciting exhibition.  

June Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Monday 11 10.00 to 6pm

Opening Friday June 8 at 7:30pm, with a preview from 6pm. All Welcome.