Winter 2020

July 11, 2020

Cygnet 2020, strange days but on the whole i think we are doing ok…

We are getting used to our ‘new normal’, a bit like Alice when she went through the looking glass we too adjust, observe, look for opportunity and look out for each other.  When Alice went through the looking glass she entered a world that looked much like the one she had just left, but she soon discovered that the old rules of life had been replaced with another. For her the rules were changed to the rules of chess and they changed how she could move through the environment she found herself in. In our case the rules have changed to the rules of COVID and now they too effect how we can move and what we can do.

A time of change.

Balfour House is marking this time with the ephemeral community arts project Chalk Haiku. We hope to work together with you in this project.  For further information about the project please read our pages on this site or email us at

Balfour House is grateful for the support from the Huon Valley Council, Libraries Tasmania, Cygnet Community Arts Council and the Red Velvet Lounge in the development and support of Chalk Haiku.

Autumn update

May 11, 2017

The days are getting shorter and the mists are starting to fill the valleys, the apple season is in full swing and winter is ahead. Time to be creative, time to gather together as a community.

If you are looking for a space to spread out and ‘look at things’, get together a group of like minded people to hatch a plan or offer a workshop to the community then please consider hiring the back workshop room at Balfour House. Located in the heart of Cygnet with easy access to coffee, newsagency, hardware and library the work shop room is easily affordable at $20 per day. contact Claire for more infomation 0400 867 509

2014 Art Program display

November 12, 2013

In December 2013 and January 2014 we will have a fantastic display at Balfour House to introduce the 2014 Community Arts Program.

We will introduce you to our tutors, share their vision of their classes on offer and show you some examples of their work or of work made by previous students.

Dates, details and all enrollment information will be available then.

I will have the building open on market Sundays and would love to meet you there.

Claire Byers

Manager 0400 867 509

Balfour House will host a series of environmentally themed workshops to coinside with the Cygnet Organic Expo. Short and affordable workshops will run in Printmaking, Book binding, Paper making and String making.

Sarah Clarkson is teaching Printmaking
Mini-Prints Workshop
A workshop introducing intaglio and relief printmaking. Participants will work on a small scale with the aim of producing a finished piece at the end of the session.
cost $45 (includes materials)
class start times
10.30 1pm 3pm

Janice Laud is teaching papermaking
A recycled papermaking workshop. Participants will take home the wet sheets of paper that they make to dry at home.
$40(includes materials)
class strat times
10.30 1pm and 3pm

Amy Cheyne is teaching book binding
Bind and decorate your own simple pamphlet stitched book using recycled materials in a 1 1/4 hour session.
$40 (includes all materials)
class start times 9am 12pm and 2.30

Claire Byers is teaching string making
‘How long is a piece of string?’
Learn the fundimentals of twisting strong, functional and beautiful string from a variety of materials, from rag to native grass.
$20 one hour session, includes materials
class start times
11am and 2pm

All these workshops aim to teach techniques that can be easliy replicated in the home to create original, affordable and beautiful objects.

Further info and pre bookings can be made by phone or text to
0400 867 509

2010 Community Arts Program

January 26, 2010

The 2010 Winter Community Arts Program is Out!

we are offering classes in printmaking, book binding, oil painting as well as a series of one day workshops.

This year at Balfour House we hope to extend our online presence to showcase the work of the artists resident at the Centre.

Festival Exhibition

January 18, 2010

The Cygnet Folk Festival weekend of 8-9-10th January was an opportunity for the many thousand festival visitors to Cygnet to visit Balfour House.  The exhibition of work made by participants of the 2009 Community Arts program was well received.  Visitors were impressed in the quality of the work made and the variety of techniques taught.

The exhibition also displayed the art made by the ‘inhouse’ artists.  Jerome Dobinson launched his new range of ARTIST SKETCH BOOKS which were an instant success.  Jerome has developed this new product after participating in the 2009 book binding program.

Some works in the exhibition were for sale and nearly all work available sold.  It was purchased by local residents as well as interstate visitors.

December 4, 2009

We are now halfway through the 2009 Community Arts Program.

Twenty one students have had the opportunity to learn new skills and apply their creativity to the arts of book binding and printmaking.  The quality of the work made is very high and  the customer feedback regarding the classes  is consistently positive.

An end of year celebration will be held at Balfour House Arts centre on Saturday 19th December from 4-6.  Work made during the program will be on exhibition as well as the work of the artists  at Balfour House.

In 2010 Printmaking classes will resume on Monday 15th of February and Book binding on Friday 19th February.

A new pamphlet will be available from 7th January with all course information.

October 15, 2009

Flyer for 2009 Novenmber - December courses

2009 Community Arts Program November through December

Hello All! This is a notification for anyone who is interested or wishes to enrol in the November/December 2009 Community Arts Program – feel free to email us at to express your interest and we will contact you regarding payment and class details. If you haven’t got a flyer they can be picked up at Balfour House Arts Centre situated at 22 Mary Street Cygnet Tasmania. Classes are limited so be sure to act quickly to ensure you secure a place in either Book Binding or Print Making or both. More details to come…..


If you wish to pay via bank deposit we will send you our account details along with a confirmation letter so be sure to give us either your phone number or address so that we may contact you.

Hope to see you there.


Claire Byers and the Balfour House Arts Centre.

Supported by:

The Regional Arts Fund

The Huon Valley Council

The Cygnet Arts Council

We would also like to thank everyone who has contributed their time and energy into making this Community Arts Program possible. Your valued support and contribution as greatly appreciated.

October 14, 2009