On show now until Wednesday 14 January 2015

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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.


Coming next to the Donald Watson Gallery at Waterston House:

An exhibition by wildlife artist, Chris Rose. Showing Saturday 15 November 2014 – Wednesday 14 January 2015 .

A taster of the exhibition…

Cape Petrels

Cape Petrels by Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Storm surge Gannets

Storm surge Gannets by Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Wader Flock, Lindisfarne

Wader flock, Lindisfarne by Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Spring Dunlin

Spring Dunlin by Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Kings and elephants

Kings and elephants by Chris Rose

Chris Rose

The Wave

The Wave by Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Read the press…

The Donald Watson Gallery are very excited to be hosting another solo exhibition by wildlife artist Chris Rose. Chris was 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.

Read more of the Press Release…


Forthcoming exhibitions…

  • Group Twelve (Textiles) 17 January – 18 February 2015
  • John Busby & Howard Towll 21 February – 1 April 2015
  • Paul Bartlett 4 April – 20 May 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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Group Twelve 17 Jan - 18 Feb 2015

John Busby & Howard Towll 21 Feb - 1 April 2015

Paul Bartlett 4 April - 20 May 2015


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