About Us

Edward Woollard, maternal grandfather of current owner Roy Smith, opened the Blue Gallery at 16 Joy Street, Barnstaple in 1946. He was a photographer by profession and also had a café on the premises.

Fast-forward three quarters of a century and the Blue Gallery had grown to be one of the the largest independant art, craft and needlework suppliers in the South West, selling brands such as Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton, Pro Arte, DMC, Dylon, Staedtler and much more from the same premises in Joy Street.

In 2021, with Roy's retirement, the shop in Barnstaple closed its doors but the Blue Gallery remains family owned and continues online offering our core range of products.

Much has changed over the years but we hope the friendly knowledgeable service remains the same.