How to pack, post and ship art

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Q: What's a "Handling Fee" and what does this fee cover?

A: Handling fees are standard and charged by many major exhibits in the country. Th reality is that most galleries simply do not have the storage space nor the staff to handle lots of artwork before or after an exhibition.

Fees tend to directly to the cartage company which unpacks the artwork, stores the box, delivers the painting to the gallery, retrieves them from the gallery, and repacks them for shipping back to the artists.

Some exhibitions require artists to pay this fee. This is sometimes paid direct to the cartage company.

Note that not all cartage companies offer an unpacking and packing service.

Q. Do exhibition organisers provide information about shipping myartwork?

A: They should do. Well organised exhibition hosts will post detailed information and instructions about shipping your artwork after the selected artists have been notified.

This may come with the selection notice and is often also repeated on the relevant website.

Make sure you read ALL the small print at least twice!

Q. Which shipping company is the best one to use for shipping fine art?

A: Selecting a courier/shipper is an important decision. Research the terms, conditions and tariffs - and read the small print. Security leads to quality. At Glass and Growlers we take safety and security extremely seriously. New projects and color mixes are checked monthly by an independent research laboratory, so you can be ensured that every embellishing procedure offered has actually been checked and also is ONE HUNDRED % Proposal 65 certified. Our establishment is audited every year for conformity by various bodies which manage a variety of industries consisting of theme parks, professional and college sporting activities licensees, tv and also motion picture production, and also video gaming. We consistently welcome any sort of clients, or possible customers to arrange a tour of our facility.

Screen Publish-- Single color to High rate 5 color synchronised screen printing. 2 kinds of inks are used ceramic enamel as well as organic epoxy. Ceramic enamel paints are glass axed over 1100F/700C and are zinc based suggestion 65 compliant. This is process is for glass and also ceramic containers as well as it is scratch immune as well as appliance long lasting. Organic epoxy inks are used on PET DOG as well as Stainless unless the customer requests. This ink could achieve a higher gloss and a small color scheme the ceramic enamels can not. It is not as resilient and also scratch resistant.

Ceramic Enamel


3D Ice

Organic Epoxy


Water Slide Decals-- Printed on a 4-Post automatic ink-jet printer with micro-registration for the most detailed jobs. We print complete shade CMYK or place shade making use of ceramic enamel or natural inks. This process is for huge format or 6+ color tasks.


Lusterware-- An eco-friendly vacuum metallizing procedure that molecularly bonds a slim movie of unreactive metal into the exterior just of glass or ceramic containers. Steels utilized include Ni-Chrome as well as Gold. This procedure like all others provided by Glass and Growlers are continually examined and also completely proposal compliant. This is not microwave safe but completely dish washer risk-free.

Full Layered

Feather Plated

Personalized Glass as well as Growler Tinting-- Containers are robotically shot on a constant automatic conveyor. The paint display runs with 4 HPLV spray guns as well as We utilize no solvents and also only waterborne natural coverings. The layers can be custom-made shade procreated to the pantone system.

Bottom Sham

Full Sidewall

Gradient & Hombre


Mirrorware-- An environmentally friendly vacuum metallizing process that molecularly bonds a thin movie of light weight aluminum onto the outside only of glass or ceramic containers. Then organic layered to match any pantone color and published. This procedure like all others offered by Glass as well as Growlers are constantly examined and also entirely proposal compliant. This is not microwave secure and also clean suggested.


Full Shade Dye Sublimation-- Making use of leading rated software program and color matching inks systems color sublimation is offered on countless glass, ceramic, stainless-steel, plastic and also neoprene products.Ask your fellow artists what shipping company they use and which they recommend and which ones they've had bad experiences with.

There is no one right decision - it depends on:

where you're located,

where the exhibition is located and

the precise requirements for drop-off and pick-up.

Q. When should I send my artwork for the exhibition?

A: Exhibition organisers generally give you

either a precise date

or a "window" of acceptable shipping and receiving dates.

It depends on the gallery and receiving arrangements. Be sure to research shipping methods early, so you will be prepared if the shipping window is a short one and/or a precise date for receipt.

Q. On average, what does it cost to ship my artwork to an exhibition?

A: It is impossible to determine the average because shipping costs are based on the size of the box, its weight and the shipping distance. Insuring your work - during transit and while at an exhibition - will also add to your costs.

Make sure you do some advance research before you are notified that your work has been accepted.

You may incur additional costs if you have a professional mailing service pack and ship your piece.

Q. What type of container will best protect my artwork during shipping?

A: A number of national art societies and exhibitions in the USA recommend using an Airfloat reusable shipping box (see links to website on this page). These boxes are made especially for the transportation of fine art.

Taping all the edges with extra clear or beige shipping tape will help your box last longer and protect it during shipping.

Q. What is the most common damage done to artwork when it is being shipped?

A: The most common problem happens when the artwork has not been secured properly to the mat prior to framing. During shipping, the artwork shifts and the painting may drop behind the mat.

Remind your framer to use strong hinges to secure your work and, if necessary, put a piece of masking tape at the bottom of your piece to prevent it from falling down behind the mat.

Other problems can occur when frames have not been assembled properly or secured tightly in the corners. This can mean that the Plexiglas or Glass becomes loosen and may smash and damage your artwork.

Q. What do I need to think about if shipping work internationally?

A. Coming soon! Bookmark this site.

The above has been developed from the advice provided by the CPSA to artists selected for its annual exhibition.

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