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:
“Brush with the Wild”, an Exhibition of Artwork by Carol Barrett, on show Saturday 18 February until
Wednesday 5 April 2017.The gallery is open 10am – 4pm seven days a week. Entry is free and all are welcome.
A taster of the exhibition…
More information about the exhibition…
“The Donald Watson Gallery is thrilled to welcome back Carol Barrett and her new
Exhibition of Work, entitled “Brush with the Wild”. Carol’s new collection of paintings
and drawings includes the unique wildlife of Australia, as her subject after spending
time on the SW coast and on Kangaroo Island, and African animals, from a recent
field trip to Zambia’s South Luangwa valley.
The well-known Edinburgh-based artist was able to source a selection of natural
papers from a paper workshop in Burnie, Tasmania, and has enjoyed working on
wombat, kangaroo and native tree bark paper to use as a base for some of the
marsupial and bird paintings. She began sketching and painting on locally made
paper in the early 1990s, as a way to help support local people, when she first
purchased a batch of handmade elephant dung paper in Victoria Falls. This surface
continues to be one of her favourites to paint on, as she likes the fact that no
two sheets are the same and the rough surface makes it ideal for capturing the
texture of the elephant skin”.
- Paul Bartlett Saturday 8 April – Wednesday 24 May 2017
- Lucy Newton Saturday 27 May – Wednesday 26 July 2017
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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 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.
The 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.