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Art Handling and Installation Short Course

Course description

In this course, 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.

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.


Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


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


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.

Meet the Tutor:

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.

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