On show Saturday 13 January until Wednesday 14 February 2018

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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.

Next showing in the Donald Watson Gallery at Waterston House:

An exhibition of textile and mixed media artwork by Kalamkari on show Saturday 13 January until Wednesday 14
February 2018 from 10am – 4pm seven days a week.
Entry is free and all are welcome.

A taster of the exhibition…

More information about the exhibition…

“Kalamkari are building a strong reputation for exhibiting high-quality creative
textiles. The six founding members met while studying City and Guilds
Creative Textiles at Dundee College and on graduating decided to create a
formal group to exhibit their work. Dundee’s textile heritage and its historic
link with India through the Jute industry led to the name of the group being
Kalamkari, an Indian technique of painting and dyeing cloth.

Since the group’s inaugural exhibition in 2007 in Dundee, Kalamkari now has nine
members, exhibiting in and around Tayside – including at the Perthshire Open Studios
annual week – and Northern Ireland. Individual members of the group have also
exhibited with the Scottish textile art group, Edge, and at the Pittenweem art
festival, and several are involved in teaching and mentoring”.

Read more of the Press Release


Forthcoming exhibitions…

    • Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA): Saturday 17 February – Wednesday 4 April 2018

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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 practice 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

Darren Woodhead 18 Nov - 10 Jan 2018

Kalamkari Textiles 13 Jan to 14 Feb 2018

Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) 17 Feb - 4 Apr 2018