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Art Handling and Installation

Art Handling and Installation

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Edwin Morris


Join Art Handling and Installation and we'll take you through the dos and don'ts of packing, moving and installing art, and get you crating works yourself. You will leave the course with the confidence and skills to hang a small exhibition.

You'll prepare several paintings for hanging and, crucially, learn how to avoid damaging frames and canvases. You will be shown how to use a range of hanging systems, be guided through the maths of spacing and measuring up, familiarise yourself with filling in forms including loan agreements and condition and facilities reports.

Expect to handle, hang and install using a variety of tools and fixing methods.

Topics Covered

  • The role of technician across areas of the art world
  • Safe handling of 2D artworks
  • Fixings, tools, wall conditions and appropriate hanging methods
  • Removing 2D artworks from wall and de-installation process
  • Condition Reports, Packing, and Handling
  • Handling large 2-D works
  • Handling 3-D Work

Course Outcomes
You'll know how to avoid causing damage to canvases and be aware of the correct procedures for packing, moving and installing art works.

Who Should Attend
Those working in museums and galleries, including front-of-house staff who are often asked to help with art handling and installation. It'll also appeal to artists and students exploring an area of interest.

Course Level

Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.

Tutor Description

Edwin Morris is a professional gallery technician, web designer and Audio Visual Specialist, having worked for clients including Pump House Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Haunch of Venison, Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery and South London Gallery. His current role involves travelling around the world to install large scale exhibitions for Barbican International Enterprises. He was AV Manager at Lisson Gallery from 2004 to 2010.  Edwin has has been teaching with Chelsea College of Arts since 2014. Beyond work in the arts, Edwin has played guitar for the BBC and composes and records his own music. He lives in London with his family and likes chatting on modular synthesiser forums.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Notepad and pen 

  • Medium phillips screwdriver

  • Tape measure

  • Pencils

  • Two pieces of 2D or 3D artwork (drawing, photograph, sculpture etc)

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates