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ART // INSTALLATION

The Frame Game Hanging pictures perfectly is just one job of the art installation specialist. We ask the experts to recall some of their more challenging projects By Chris Jenkins

afterwards—dust and debris has to be cleared and the display area left immaculate. We asked Jill Sheridan of Art Installation Services for some examples of the challenges faced by the company, which has worked for clients including the Royal Opera House, Ralph Lauren, Todhunter Earle, Nina Campbell, Adare Manor, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

(Above) Madresfield Court (Todhunter Earle) (Below) Bloomsbury Hotel (MBDS)

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rt installation specialists must be expert in many fields from packing, transporting and securely storing precious works, to conservation, insurance and even consultancy from commissioning a first piece to managing a collection. Venues can range from homes, hotels, offices and stores, to hospitals, schools, clubs, galleries and art fairs and installations can be on a permanent or temporary basis. Projects can involve everything from straightforward picture and mirror hanging to exhibition standard installation of artworks. The installation specialist has to take on projects large or small, to give advice depending on location and occasion and to provide solutions whether for installing at height (if necessary using specialist equipment and adhering to relevant health and safety regulations) or for working around delicate and valuable collections.

(including Annabel’s, the Bloomsbury and the Marylebone hotels) and Marsh & McLennan. She told us: “Our clients’ concerns range from whether the walls in a domestic setting can take the weight of an extremely large or heavy artwork, to serious collectors worried about the handling of valuable pieces, all subjects on which we can reassure them. “We’re often asked by hotels or large institutions to help after a refurbishment or the commissioning of a new building—this could entail hanging artworks in two hundred bedrooms or offices as well as in the public areas, all of which may need security fixings. This sort of project can require months of planning and a full team of professional Art Technicians on site for several weeks. “At the other extreme we may have a request requiring one piece to be installed, and we are equally happy to do this too!” But as Jill Sheridan concludes, the secret to any good installation is to work “With discretion, great care and with as little disruption as possible!” 

IMMACULATE Collection, delivery and framing are often part of the project and if necessary the installer can work after hours to minimise disruption in workplaces. The last part of the job is to tidy up

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