On show Saturday 14 Jan until Wednesday 15 February 2017

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The art gallery

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Please note that Headquarters will be shut from 10am - 12 noon on Monday 23 Jan 2017 for staff training. 
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
All the best for 2017!
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:

‘Organic Lines’, Group Twelve Textiles Exhibition, on show Saturday 14 January until Wednesday 15 February 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…

“Group Twelve Textile Artists was formed 12 years ago by 12 students studying
City & Guilds Creative Studies – Embroidery at Edinburgh’s Telford College.
Success has meant that the group has grown to its present maximum membership
of twenty and now come from all over Scotland.

The group’s members are like-minded individuals who work independently using a
wide range of individual styles from the traditional to the more contemporary.
The common ground is stitch-based with the materials and subjects being vastly
diverse. Intensity of colour and abundance of stitch in some of the group’s work
contrasts strongly with the elements of contemporary pieces, where content is
concentrated in a minimalist format”.

Read more of the Press Release

Forthcoming exhibitions…

    • Carol Barrett Saturday 18 February – Wednesday 5 April 2017
    • 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.

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

Carol Barrett 18 Feb - 5 Apr 2017

Paul Bartlett 8 Apr - 24 May 2017

Lucy Newton 27 May - 26 July 2017


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