On show until Wednesday 25 May 2016

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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.

Now showing in the Donald Watson Gallery at Waterston House:

An exhibition of artwork by John Threlfall and Greg Poole, on show until Wednesday 25 May 2016.

The gallery is open 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday and 12 noon-6pm weekends for the duration of the show.

A taster of the exhibition…

Redstart by John Threlfall
Nuthatch by John Threlfall
Greg Poole
Greg Poole

Read the press…

The Donald Watson Gallery is thrilled to be hosting an exhibition of artwork by John Threlfall and Greg Poole.

“In order to draw and paint birds and animals from life, the focus of your looking and concentration must be
total. Thereby lies the appeal; to be absolutely absorbed in your subject matter and its surroundings, to look as
if you have never seen before, and so wonder at it all, is an enthralling and enchanting state to be in.
Here is the true value of drawing, irrespective of the outcome”

Read more of the Press Release…


Forthcoming exhibitions…

    • Richard Allen & Jan Wilczur 28 May – 20 July 2016
    • Jo Ruth 23 July – 14 Sept 2016
    • Lisa Hooper 17th Sept – 16th Nov

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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.

corridor-view-of-the-donald-watson-art-galleryNature is both inside and out when you visit this unique gallery which has stunning panoramic views 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.

IMG_8073The Gallery has a dedicated 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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Opening hours

Richard Allen & Jan Wilczur 28 May – 20 July 2016

Jo Ruth 23 July - 14 Sept 2016

Lisa Hooper 17th Sept – 16th Nov 2016


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