Showing until Wednesday 18 February 2015

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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 Textiles by Group Twelve, showing Saturday 17th January –  Wednesday 18 February 2015

A taster of the exhibition…

Jenni Young
Jenni Young
Pine Forest by Mary Webster
Mary Webster
Trees by Julia Gardner
Julia Gardner

Read the press…

The Donald Watson Gallery looks forward to a Textile Exhibition by Group Twelve. Group Twelve Textile
Artists was formed twelve 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-five. All members have completed Parts I and II City &
Guilds 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…

  • John Busby & Howard Towll 21 February – 1 April 2015
  • 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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