The Barge Gallery is situated onboard a traditional narrow boat permanently moored in the canal basin in Bancroft Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon.
It was established by local artist Dylan Izaak in the year 2000 and is thought to be the first of it's kind.
Dylan had worked as a street artist beside Stratfords picturesque canal basin for many years. It was while watching the canal boats that he first came up with the idea of The Barge Gallery. The concept was to set up a gallery to promote and sell the work of top local artists, as well as provide a unique attraction for the locals and visitors to the town. After months of planning, designs for the gallery were drawn up and boat builders set about constructing the 65ft steel craft. Five months later the completed boat emerged and was craned into the water ready to be filled with stock and start trading.
Since opening the stock has expanded to include work by artists from throughout Great Britain, although local artists still feature strongly. The product range now includes original paintings, etchings, prints, cards, ceramics and jewellery, together with a selection of limited edition prints which are exclusive to the Barge Gallery.
In May 2007 The Barge Gallery passed into the ownership of Alan & Ingrid Thornton whose aim is to continue with Dylan's original concept of creating a friendly and non-intimidating gallery, where everyone feels welcome to walk onboard, have a browse and enjoy a unique shopping experience.
The Barge Gallery is located near the center of town, in the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Basin.
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