Showing Saturday 4 April until Wednesday 20 May 2015

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The art gallery

The Donald Watson Art Gallery is one of the jewels of Waterston House and a favoured venue of many of the UK’s leading wildlife artists and photographers, all with a shared love of depicting the natural world.

Next showing in the Donald Watson Gallery at Waterston House:

‘Back to Nature’, an Exhibition of Art Work by Paul Bartlett, on show Saturday 4th April
until Wednesday 20th May 2015. The gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm and
12 noon – 6pm weekends.

A taster of the exhibition…

Cryptic Cardinal by Paul Bartlett
Cryptic Cardinal
Drying out by Paul Bartlett
Drying out
Chaffinch by Paul Bartlett


Shelduck on the Eden by Paul Bartlett
Shelduck on the Eden
Eider in the Harbour by Paul Barlett
Eider in the Harbour
John Busby
 Paul feels very privileged to be making a living from his passion for the natural world. For this reason he feels compelled to give something back and will be donating all profits from the sale of originals at his forthcoming SOC exhibition to the conservation charities, World Land Trust, which deals with habitat and biodiversity conservation globally, and, closer to home, Trees for Life, dedicated to the regeneration of Scotland’s Caledonian forests.

Read the press…

The Donald Watson Gallery looks forward to an Exhibition of Artwork by Paul Bartlett.
Paul Bartlett’s unique award-winning work is inspired from his encounters with nature
on his travels around Scotland and abroad. He continually experiments with new media
combining collage and papier maché with acrylics, pastels, charcoal, sand or even tea!
Much of his work highlights the ecology and conservation of his subjects by
incorporating pertinent text from recycled nature magazines.


Read more of the Press Release…


Forthcoming exhibitions…

  • Lucy Newton, 23 May – 15 July 2015
  • Brin Edwards, 25 July – 9 Sept 2015
  • Keith Brockie, 12 Sept – 4 Nov 2015

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About the gallery…

Opened in 2005 by the late Magnus Magnusson and named after the well-known Scottish ornithologist and wildlife artist, Donald Watson (1918-2005), the gallery is a custom-built display space which has been committed to exhibiting the best wildlife art from across the country since it opened in 2005. Encouraging the practise and appreciation of natural history within the arts is one of the Club’s main constitutional aims.


Nature is both inside and out when you visit this unique gallery which has stunning panoramic vicorridor-view-of-the-donald-watson-art-galleryews of Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve. A glass wall floods natural light into the building and draws the eye outside, both into Waterston House’s own surrounding garden and water features, and to the dramatic and beautiful bay beyond. It’s positioning is the perfect complement to the images of nature and wildlife on display inside.


The Gallery has a dIMG_8073edicated all year round programme of exhibitions and shows a great variety of artists, all sharing a love of depicting the natural world. A bright and exciting space, the gallery runs a new exhibition every two months showing contemporary landscapes, wildlife art and illustrations in a variety of media from paintings and drawings to prints, craft techniques and photography, all with a keen focus on the inspirational world of birds. Sign up to our mailing list to receive details of forthcoming exhibitions and invites to preview evenings where you can meet the artist. Or if you are interested in attending the preview of a particular exhibition, contact us.

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Lucy Newton 23 May - 22 July

Brin Edwards 25 July - 9 Sept

Keith Brockie 12 Sept - 4 Nov


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