Showing Saturday 1 Feb until Wednesday 1 April 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:

An Exhibition of Artwork by John Busby and Howard Towll, opening Saturday 21 February and
on show until Wednesday 1 April 2015

A taster of the exhibition…

Howard Towll, Razorbills and Guillemots
Howard Towll
5 Dunters by Howard Towll
Howard Towll
Gannet Heids by Howard Towll
Howard Towll
White-tailed Eagle pair by John Busby
John Busby
John Busby
John Busby
John Busby
John Busby

Read the press…

The Donald Watson Gallery looks forward to an Exhibition of Artwork by
Howard Towll and John Busby.


Originally from Edinburgh, Howard Towll is an Ecologist and has lived in Shetland
since 1991. Over the years, he has worked on numerous seabird research and monitoring
projects and currently works as a ranger for Shetland Amenity Trust.  He is a
self-taught artist, drawing and painting directly from life, and printmaker and has
exhibited regularly in Shetland and mainland UK.

Read more of the Press Release


Forthcoming exhibitions…

  • Paul Bartlett 4 April – 20 May 2015
  • Lucy Newton, 23 May – 15 July 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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John Busby & Howard Towll 21 Feb - 1 April 2015

Paul Bartlett 4 April - 20 May 2015

Lucy Newton 23 May – 15 July 2015


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