Best Practices For Moving Artwork


In many cases, anyone with a little common sense who understands basic care standards for art might be able to safely move artworks from one location to another. The main objective is to prevent damage. If delicate pieces are handled, it will take more than ordinary care. The work created in a studio will need to be carefully prepared and packaged to safely transport them to a museum or gallery. If it is a larger piece, you must be sure the widths and heights of the doors are large enough. If not, you may need to disassemble the item.

Preparation and Packaging for Transport

Before removing artwork, a condition report should be filed before the piece is packaged. If the item will be used for a temporary display, repairs and damages can be documented in a specific format. The report must include the duration of the exhibit, destination, travel information, the name of the artist, size of the article, and exactly what the item is in full detail.

The packaging should protect the work from moisture, vibrations, pressure from being moved, and any climate changes. If your budget allows, you should wrap the work and place it in a crate. For short trips, bubble wrap, poly-sheeting, or blankets can be used. If you cannot purchase a factory crate you should try to make your own with the use of internal foam lining and a waterproof material. Boxes can also be used as basic protection.

For international shipping, plywood would be a good choice. As a last resort, use a triple-strength cardboard for lightweight items that may not be as fragile. Be sure to wrap all edges to ensure the work will not be scratched with screws, tools, or other items. When using tape, be sure to leave a tab spot for easy removal.

Glass Items

The first step requires placing wadded newsprint in the bottom of the box. Wrap each glass item individually with newsprint or with bubble wrap. Set the items in the box loosely and fill in all areas. Tape the box or boxes closed, and mark them as fragile/glass top so whoever handles it realizes the item is breakable.

If you are moving a glass framed picture, place masking tape across the front of the glass in an X to keep the pieces in position in case it is broken during shipment. Cover the canvas or framed paintings with bubble wrap and tape the box closed.

As you now see, the main focus is good packaging materials. Try to buy the best items you can afford to ensure your item will ship safely whether it is only a few miles from your location or internationally. If you don't feel comfortable moving these items on your own, contact professional movers to get a bid.   


5 January 2016

resources to help you move your things legally

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