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Why Should I Choose Classic Photographic Framing?

We stock a wide range of exhibition-quality mouldings in a broad range of colours and finishes and our specialist staff are able to consult with you to find your perfect finishing solution. Of course, framing isn’t all about aesthetics – our team are also highly skilled in producing bespoke gallery framing solutions to preserve and protect your photographs or artwork.

Across all of our framing services which use glazing, we use anti-reflective Artglass as standard for our framing – which is the best option for reflective-free and neutral viewing. This incorporates a 70% UV filter to protect your valuable artwork from fading. In addition to traditional glazing, we also offer durable and lightweight Perspex – perfect for larger frames.

When in comes to passé-partout’s, or window mounts, we only use the finest 8-ply acid-free and neutral PH museum conservation-quality board, which is certified by The Fine Art Trade Guild and offers exceptional preservation qualities that conform to the highest conservation standards. The wooden mouldings we use for our framing are from sustainable sources that are managed to meet environmental, social and economic needs for both the present and future, as certified by the FSC scheme.

We believe that your frame should compliment your artwork, and aid to protect and preserve it rather than detract from its overall impact by shifting focus to the moulding that surrounds it. For this reason, we have a large selection of mouldings that provide an array of thicknesses or depths to choose from. A deeper moulding might be more appropriate for larger pieces that might otherwise look disproportionate with thinner mouldings. Of course, our team is on-hand and ready to advise you on the most appropriate mouldings – and we have samples on-hand to put beside your work.

Our frames are available in sizes up to 110 inches or 2.8m, although we can accommodate larger requests on application.

Aside from aesthetics, there are other considerations surrounding your finished piece – such as its environmental impact. All of the mouldings we use for our frames are from sustainable sources that are managed to meet environmental, social and economic needs for both the present and future, as certified by the FSC scheme. When it comes to passé-partout’s, or window mounts, we only use the finest 8-ply acid-free and neutral PH museum conservation-quality board, which is certified by The Fine Art Trade Guild and offers exceptional preservation qualities that conform to the highest conservation standards.

Once your frame is complete, appropriate fixings are then attached to the back of your frame so that your work is ready to hang. Of course, not only can our skilled team provide advice on hanging systems – but we can also offer delivery and installation services too.

Clive Arrowsmith: Lowry at Home, The Lowry, Manchester. Clive Arrowsmith: Lowry at Home, The Lowry, Manchester.

Packaging and Transporting Your Framed Photographic Works:

One of the biggest challenges with finished works is transportation, which is often difficult due to fragility of the piece, its size and weight. For international travel, or transportation using select couriers, we would recommend crating works where possible – providing utmost security. Crates, which can be custom built to accommodate the exact dimensions of your piece, do cost an additional outlay but can provide a cost-effective solution in the longer term when compared against the costs and time associated with getting finished pieces re-made.

We also advise, where possible, using experienced art-handlers or installers to ensure your work is transported in the safest way and the risk of damage is kept to a minimum. Not only do we provide advice on transportation from years of experience in this field, but we can also create bespoke crates and delivery and installation services too – just ask us!

FAQs

We aim to turnaround orders for our Mounting and Framing services within 8 – 10 days. Large orders are often subject to slightly longer turnaround times, so please speak to us to confirm turnaround times prior to placing your order. Should you require this before this timescale, we can sometimes offer quicker turnaround times, and will always do our very best to help, just give us a call and chat to one of our friendly team.

We’ve prepared these handy guides to help with the preservation and display of your artwork once it’s framed using our team’s specialist knowledge. Whether your finished work is framed or mounted, going into residential or commercial properties, this information should help keep it safe, secure and perfectly displayed. View Our Hanging Guides

This very much depends on the mounting or framing service used. Window mounts or mats within frames are popular because they are a reversible display solution and as such, this is why they are often favoured in gallery or museum exhibitions – where works may need to be removed at a later stage.

Readymade, or shop bought frames, are often popular because of their price and the fact that images can be changed easily and quickly. The cost saving is made by using much cheaper materials and through offering less size and moulding options than a bespoke approach. In terms of archival stability, readymade frames do not offer the same level of protection and are not produced to the same archival materials as we offer.

When finishing your work, it’s important to think about how the mount or frame can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your work, and additionally, what your requirements are in terms of archival stability or budget. We are always happy to discuss your requirements and find the most suitable option, just give us a call and chat to one of our friendly team.

Covid-19 Revised opening hours

From Tuesday 26th May 2020 we are open for business with reduced opening hours and  new working procedures to ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff and wider communities. Our revised opening hours are 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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