How I hang my artwork
Today I went to The Strand Gallery, London, WC2N 6BP to hang my artwork for an exhibition starting tomorrow 1st October 2013 which runs until 12th October 2013.
I thought that some people may find the following ‘how-to’ article useful on how I approached hanging my work.
Having decided what images I was going to display I then needed to consider whether I was going to do an open series of prints or a limited edition run. I thought that because it was a gallery display that a limited edition range would be a better option and I limited the print run to 5 prints per image. Small run limited edition prints hold more value, however they need to well presented and framed to make sure that the purchaser feels they have purchased something a bit special and strictly limited.
I asked my framer to frame them for me, as he does a better job that I ever would do. Framing is a key stage as images that are poorly framed or don’t have enough space to breath within the frame will put potential customers off. The frame choice needs to be one that is not too ornate and of a colour that will blend or match with most decor. White mount board and a black frame meet these criteria perfectly and will blend with almost all other colours.
Whilst the prints were getting framed I made up the certificates of authenticity and the price labels as well as a biography for the wall.
Hanging the work
I have paid for a 3 metre run to hang my work. The biggest mistake many people make is to overfill the wall with art and not give it enough space to breath. Then there’s the look of the overall display, is should look balanced so you need to consider how you are going to hang your pieces or work, in which order and how they will be spaced along the wall. I had 8 pieces, so I did laid each piece of work against the wall in the order I wanted them to appear.
I measured up when I arrived and I found I had 3750mm to play with, so slightly more than I ordered – perfect. I then hammered two nails, one at either side of my run and attached a piece of string horizontally between the two nails to act as a level, I put this about eye level. I then added together the width of each piece of artwork and then took that total away from my overall dimension. I then divided that figure by the number of pieces of work to calculate the gap between each piece. You can see my workings out below. I had 143mm between each piece of work, based on having 5 vertical lines of art, see pictures below.
Next step was to find the middle of the wall, which was 1875mm and mark that on the string. From there it was a simple task of marking the width of each print together with the 143mm gap between each one along the string. Because I had 5 vertical rows of prints I started from the middle and worked outwards. To hang the prints I use picture hooks and nails, these are very good as the nails go in at an angle and support the weight of the frames. I used the ones with two pins, and to make doubly sure, use two hooks per picture. This has the added benefit of stopping the frames from tilting and sitting unevenly on the wall which means you don’t have to continually keep straightening them!
Work in progress below, starting from the middle and working outwards. You can see the double picture hook hanging method to the right of the image below.
Here’s a quick 7 second video of the finished display.