Bespoke Framing

We are dedicated to providing our customers with sound advice, imaginative solutions and a superior product. We will do our utmost to understand your ideas and interpret your requirements. Our experience and expertise combined with a pragmatic approach to problem solving enables us to frame almost anything to a very high standard. Because we care we use approved conservation framing techniques on all artwork we frame.

The "5 Levels of framing" as specified by the Fine Art Trade Guild are Minimum, Budget, Commended, Conservation and Museum. Here at South Gate Gallery we do not frame to Minimum and Budget standards. We are dedicated to providing customers with imaginative and artistic solutions to produce a superior product.

Commended
To visually enhance artwork and offer a moderate level of protection from airborne pollutants and acid damage for around 5 years in normal conditions.
Suitable for replaceable artwork of limited commercial and/or sentimental value, and where visual appearance is important. Preferably processes should be reversible
The first level at which we would prefer to work.

Conservation
To visually enhance artwork and offer a high level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollutants and acids generated by framing materials, for up to 35 years in normal conditions. Ideally frames should be examined by the framer or conservator every 5 years, and there should be a label advising this on the back of the frame.
Suitable for collectable artwork that is to be kept for future generations, e.g. original paintings and limited editions of moderate to high value. as well as items of sentimental value.

Museum
To visually enhance artwork and offer a high level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollutants and acids generated by framing materials, for approximately 20 years under normal conditions. Ideally frames should be examined by the framer or conservator every 5 years, and there should be a label advising this on the back of the frame.
Suitable for museum-quality works and artwork that is to be preserved for the future, including high value items and artwork of potential or historical value. Processes must be fully reversible.
The Ultimate in framing excellence.