The art gallery
Waterston House (SOC HQ) will be closed on Thursday 8 December from 12 noon - 3pm for our volunteers Christmas party.
We’ll be closing for the festive period on Sunday 25 December and will re-open on Monday 2 January 2017.
Please note that HQ will also be shut from 10am - 12 noon on Monday 23 Jan 2017 for staff training.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Merry Christmas and 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.
Now showing in the Donald Watson Gallery at Waterston House:
An exhibition of artwork by Chris Rose, on show now until Wednesday 11 January 2017
(Waterston House will be closed from 25 Dec – I Jan 2017 inclusive).
The gallery is open 10am – 4pm seven days a week. Entry is free and all are welcome.
A taster of the exhibition…
Read the press…
“The Donald Watson Gallery is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of artwork by
Chris Rose. Born in Uganda in 1959, where he lived until the age of six, Chris soon
developed what would become a life-long interest in the natural world.
This fascination joined forces with a passion for drawing and painting at an early age
when he started seeing the work of great wildlife painters, such as Archibald Thorburn,
in books collected by his father. Further inspired by the many fabulous paintings that
used to appear on the covers of the RSPB’s Birds magazine, he began painting wildlife.
On graduating from Nottingham University with a Biology degree, but unable to find
work as a biologist, Chris was offered a one-year contract as an illustrator for the
Dorset Heritage Coast Project. This year convinced him that painting was the only
thing he would ever want to do (apart from be a fighter pilot, obviously) and so,
with a second-hand drawing board (which he still uses) and a bunch of paints, he
embarked on a career as a wildlife artist”.
- Group Twelve (textiles), ‘Organic Lines’, Saturday 14 January – Wednesday 15 February 2017
- Carol Barrett Saturday 18 February – Wednesday 5 April 2017
- Paul Bartlett Saturday 8 April – Wednesday 24 May 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.