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Art Handling and Installation

Art Handling and Installation

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Scott Miles, Adam Holmes-Davies


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.


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

Tutor Description

Scott Miles is a professional art technician, tutor, and visual artist. He currently works as a consultant and specialist in picture hanging and the installation of art and antiques, working with clients and interior designers in the private and commercial sectors throughout the United Kingdom. He also works as an art technician for a wide variety of commercial, community, institutional and educational galleries and museums throughout London. Scott is a graduate of the Turps Painting Programme in South London, where he also now works to help oversee their gallery and studio program exhibitions.

Scott has previously worked as Gallery Co-ordinator at the Victorian College of the Arts and with the University of Melbourne Art Collection in Australia, where he was trained in best practice methods for collection care and preventative conservation across works on paper, paintings, textiles, objects and antiquities collections. He has over 8 years experience as a tutor in Fine Art in Melbourne Universities. Scott has a studio practice based in East London and has exhibited his own work in Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Adam Holmes-Davies is a practicing visual artist with over 13 years experience as an art technician and has developed knowledge, skills and experience in the care and conservation of museum collections.

He currently works for Barbican International Enterprises as a specialist art handler for international touring exhibitions. He also works as a freelance art technician for numerous galleries and museum within the UK. Clients include Somerset House, Saatchi Gallery, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Blue Apron Transport, Aviva insurance, saving and investments and De Beers. Adam graduated from an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2006.

Adam has previously worked as Exhibition Specialist at the Natural History Museum, where he was responsible for the technical consultancy on the display and mounting of specimens for exhibition. He was trained in best practice for collection care and preventive conservation for the museum collections. Adam was studio manager for 8 years at Kingsgate Workshops Trust, an artist studio provider based in London. Kingsgate Workshops Trust provides long term, affordable studios for over 50 artists running a education and gallery programme, providing opportunities and support for emerging artists, art professionals and curators.

Adam has a studio practice based in East London and has exhibited his own work nationally and internationally.


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