Grey Funnel Galleries opened in October 2019 and is owned and run by Adrian Rowe who has lived and worked on the Island for many years. After leaving school he took up an apprenticeship with Elliott Turbomachinery in Cowes (formerly J Samuel White Shipbuilders & Engineers) followed by a lifetime working in industry.
The shop at 3 Carter Road was built on land originally owned by Vice Admiral Thomas Wren Carter (1787-1874) and so Grey Funnel (an informal name for the Navy) was an apt choice of name for the gallery.
The building was constructed circa 1950 and was originally occupied by the coal merchants Woodford & Jolliffe. It has had a number of owners since then including a mobility scooter business and most recently a bookshop.
We have used dazzle pattern camouflage on some of our backgrounds and displays. Dazzle camouflage was invented by the marine artist Norman Wilkinson and was applied to ships in the First World War.