We will be closed on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th for Easter. Open Saturday 9 - 4 as usual.
In-House Picture Framing
Our gallery and picture framing service is based in Southend on Sea, Essex. We have been operating out of these premises since 1979, although we have extended up, down and out to accommodate our workshops. Our large premises mean we keep all framing materials in stock allowing us to offer a fast and professional framing service. All framing work is completed on the premises.
We have created a photo album on our Facebook page with some samples of specialist framing. Please click on Link to Facebook Album.
We frame anything from medals, shirts, cricket bats and boxing gloves to photos, certificates and cross stitches. We have over 500 mouldings and over 150 mount board colours in stock. If you are trying to match a moulding or want something special, we are happy to order moulding from one of our many suppliers. We stock clear, non reflect and tru-vue museum quality conservation clear and reflection control glass or clear styrene/plastic for use in schools and public areas.
Our large workshops and stock mean we are able to offer trade framing to schools, hospitals, hotels, museums and businesses. We have also provided framing services for a number of art and photography exhibitions. We have have supplied framing services to a range of well known companies including Debenhams, the Hairdressing Council, KeyMed, McDonalds, The Beecroft Gallery, Lynn Tait and Southend Borough Council. We have completed specialist framing for Portsmouth Dockyard of HMS Nelson deck spikes, Matchbox toys of Yesteryear panels, and signed sport shirts, football boots, oarblades and an Olympic torch replica for charity auctions.
We stock a range of conservation boards and glass to protect your artwork. Your picture doesn't need to be an expensive original painting to require conservation framing, a precious photo or family document can benefit from UV glass to prevent fading. Acid free backings preserve ph levels of paper to prevent discolouration and degradation.
Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry. Over time exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer.
Conservation Reflection Control® glass enhances the beauty of artwork with a matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare. Additionally, it effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to help protect art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes from fading and deterioration caused by harmful UV light rays.
Artglass AR 70™ reveals true colours and texture of the art – no green tint or optical distortions. Thanks to its anti-reflective coating, which reduces unwanted reflections to less than 1%, nothing will prevents one from viewing the actual content of the framed item. Moreover Artglass AR 70™ has a smooth surface that allows for details to emerge unaltered.
We offer bespoke, trade and DIY framing. Be it one photo, six football shirts or a hotel refit, we are happy to help. We are VAT registered for trade sales. We are happy to reduce, reuse and recycle. If you like that picture but the frame looks dated, no problem, change the frame and we can reuse all your other materials saving you money. Got a frame in the loft and a new photo? We can cut a mount to make it fit. No job too small.
We have hundreds of ready made frames in stock as well as ready cut mounts and clipframes. If you need a mount cut to fit your frame or picture, we can generally cut it same day. We have a Wizard mount cutter machine so we are able to cut a wide range of shapes and styles in mounts, from single heart shape to multiple opening mounts for cigarette cards, photos or postcards in double, triple or more. We can even cut your name in mountboard in a range of styles and colours! Wedding table plans also available in your choice of colour, simply supply table lists and headers and we’ll do the work and presentation ready for display at your reception.
We offer a competitively priced framing service for sporting memorabilia such as shirts, bats, balls and medals. Samples of our work can be found on our Facebook page.
We are happy to give discounts on memorabilia and framing services for charity auctions.
All framing is completed on the premises and all framing supplies are from stock so for the DIY framer we can supply:
- lengths of moulding
- glass by the sheet (3' x 4'), half sheet or cut to size
- MDF by the sheet (3' x 4'), half sheet or cut to size
- Daler Rowney white core mount board, Arqadia mount board and Colourmount cream core mount board by the sheet (32"x 44") or half sheet (22"x 32")
- Single or multiple mounts cut to size
- Stretcher bars cut to size
- We also stock a range of mount cutters, framing tools and sundry items.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any framing enquiries. We are open 9:00 - 4:00 Tuesday to Saturday and are happy to respond to your queries either by phone on 01702 616768 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.