Framing

Members ask how to present their work to best effect for exhibitions. We hope the following notes are a useful guide:

  • works on paper to be framed with a single or double mount of generous proportion, for example at least 2 inch width for an A4 image. A generous size mount always enhances a picture
  • unfixed pastels should have an inner ‘hidden’ mount to catch any residue pastel that falls off during handling and hanging
  • unglazed oil and acrylic paintings are best framed using an appropriately coloured slip (white, off white or natural canvas). A slip always enhances the image and increases the illusion of depth and space in an image
  • all works on paper or thin card to be glazed and finished with a backing board
  • all glazed work to be sealed over the edges of the backing board with framing tape (not masking tape which peels off in time)
  • ‘D’ rings to be used on all work – not screw eyes or staples which may damage other works during the handing in and hanging procedure
  • picture cord to be used on all work – not string, wire or chain. Knots to be tied at ‘D’ ring points – not in the centre of the picture. The cord is to be tight
  • photo clip or stand frames must not be used for any work (these are not suitable for handling and framing)
  • unframed canvas (for hanging)
    • edges to be either painted an appropriate colour or the image taken around all edges
  • TAS labels to be fixed at the middle of the bottom of the picture with wide masking tape sufficiently long for the label to be visible when the picture is hung. The tape should cover the whole width of the label. Please write using black ink
  • all works must be clearly labelled on the back with the title, medium, price and artist’s name, address and contact phone number
  • unframed pictures not for hanging should be
    • neatly wrapped with cellophane and sealed with tape at the back
    • labelled on the back with the title, medium, price, artist’s name, address and contact phone number
    • a standard TAS label should be fixed on the front of the work, to the top right corner of the cellophane