Art Installers in Bristol

The Picture Hanger is seeking an experienced client facing art installer/picture hanger to help expand our team in Bristol and the South West. You will be helping to service our clients in private homes and commercial premises across the region.

We are looking for a charming, down-to-earth professional with expert art handling skills who can walk into a client’s home, immediately engage with them, understand their requirements and provide an expert service.

For the most part our clients will look to you for advice on placement. You should be comfortable coming up with arrangements and suggesting ideal positioning in a room, considering the relationship between the existing artwork in the room as well as the décor and lighting. At times you will be required to create inspired picture or photo walls, often from quite disparate and eclectic mixes. Sometimes you’ll be positioning and hanging one artwork or mirror. Other times you will be required to arrange and hang a whole house or flat over a day or more.

You should be a problem solver, comfortable hanging a wide range of items on all types of walls, using a two point fixing method where possible. You will mostly undertake jobs on your own, though at times you will work with other members of The Picture Hanger team.

We will provide you with a full hanging and fixing kit. We would expect you to supply your own hand tools, screw gun and hammer drill etc.

We will pay you for your travel time and time on site, as well as mileage should you be driving your own vehicle. 

Initially the hours will be ad hoc and casual. You can set the hours and days you would like to work but we would prefer you are available roughly 3 full weekdays per week (and weekends if you’d like to).

You need to be able to use a digital calendar (Google Calendar or iCal for example) to recieve job bookings as well as WhatsApp for communicating with the admin team. So that we can service our clients effectively you need to be able to reply promptly to messages from the admin team, within reason.

We are a growing business and are looking for solid team member who can help us expand our offering in Bristol, Bath and the South West.

Please get in touch to apply.

We’re Hiring!

The Picture Hanger is seeking an experienced client facing art installer/picture hanger to help cover a staff shortage for the whole of March 2019, to help service our clients in private homes across London. For the right applicant this could lead to ongoing casual weekly work beyond the initial one month engagement.

One of our London installers is away during March. To see clients they travel across London via public transport with his gear in a backpack and tool case on wheels. Therefore you don’t need to have your own vehicle but we would consider an applicant who does. If you don’t have your own vehicle you won’t be required to carry ladders.

We are looking for a charming, down-to-earth professional with expert art handling skills who can walk into a client’s home, immediately engage with them, understand their requirements and provide an expert service.

For the most part our clients will look to you for advice on placement. You should be comfortable coming up with arrangements and suggesting ideal positioning in a room, considering the relationship between the existing artwork in the room as well as the décor and lighting. At times you will be required to create inspired picture or photo walls, often from quite disparate and eclectic mixes. Sometimes you’ll be positioning and hanging one artwork or mirror. Other times you will be required to arrange and hang a whole house or flat over a day or more.

You should be a problem solver, comfortable hanging a wide range of items on all types of walls, using a two point fixing method where possible. You will mostly undertake jobs on your own, though at times you will work with other members of The Picture Hanger team.

We will be provide you with a full hanging and fixing kit. We would expect you to supply your own hand tools, screw gun and hammer drill.

We will pay you for your travel time and time on site, as well as mileage should you be driving your own vehicle.

While the hours are ad hoc and casual we would expect to be able to provide you with a minimum of 60 hours of travel and installing time over March. Your weekly hours will be flexible, you can set the hours and days you would like to work but we would prefer you are available at least 3 full weekdays per week (and weekends if you’d like to).

You need to be able to use a digital calendar (Google Calendar or iCal for example) to recieve job bookings as well as WhatsApp for communicating with the admin team. So that we can service our clients effectively you need to be able to reply promptly to messages from the admin team, within reason.

We are a growing business and for the right applicant this could lead to ongoing casual weekly work beyond the initial one month engagement.

Get in touch to enquire or apply.

Picture Hanging in East Farleigh, Kent, near Maidstone

The Maidstone area is such a beautiful and unexplored part of the south east (for me). I drove up from Brighton via the High Weald, driving through Goudhurst and Wadhurst. If you ignore the satnav routes and just aim for the small country lanes you find yourself driving down deep, dark green holloways and past verdant pastures. It’s refreshing for an urban dweller to realise how much there is to explore on parts of the map where there are no A roads and large towns. There are also beautiful little villages and bridges over the River Medway (I seemed to be west of Maidstone, before the river widens out) that really deserve a second and third visit when I’m not working and can take my time.

Anyway, I digress somewhat.

One of the many things I love about my job and running this business is the unexpected places it takes me and the homes I find myself in. This client’s house in East Farleigh (a few miles south-west of Maidstone) was not a mansion or a stately home. It’s only occasionally that we find ourselves hanging pictures in these types of homes. More often than not it’s a regular home, with a huge eclectic mix of pictures to hang. We’re often presented with a jumble of frames, pictures, photography, family photos, artworks, canvases and mirrors, all leaning together in a stack in spare room, waiting for us to come in with an objective eye to make sense of it all. There’s usually a story attached to each item, a history and often an emotional or familial attachment that transcends aesthetics. And then there is the overarching narrative of a life that can pieced together from the whole jumbled stack.

Take for example my East Farleigh client. She had moved to Kent 5 years ago, from 30 years of living in Belsize Park, and before that east coast U.S.A. Here is a rough and incomplete list of the items we hung that made up her collection (I don’t feel totally comfortable with with the term collection as it makes most people think of someone with a huge disposable income that has their finger on the pulse of the art world. This is rarely any of our clients. They all have “collections”, as we all do in some form or another, even if they wouldn’t describe it like that).

  • Two watercolours bought many years ago in the Picadilly Art Market, St James’s Church, London, for £1 each. The artists’ mother was running the stall for him and by the sounds of  it she was sorely under-pricing him!
  • Three paintings by a friend, spanning 20 years of that friend learning to paint and slowly becoming an accomplished exhibiting artist. I hung these in different parts of the house, not all together, as despite their relationship they just didn’t work together aesthetically.
  • Paintings by the client’s mother.
  • A series of of unrelated nature photography, hung in the dining room. See below.
  • A range of works by the American painter Andrew Stevovich. I’d never encountered his work before. His subject matter is seemingly mundane and yet intriguing. The way he applies paint to canvas is similarly intriguing so I’ve included some detail photos of the work we hung . 

Patrick Dewar’s Testimonials

An excellent service, Patrick arrived on time with all the necessary tools and gave us great advice that helped us adjust and improve our ideas about positioning. Highly recommended, we will be using him again once we’ve got our next batch of prints and photos framed.

Will Smith, Stoke Newington, June 2018

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I recently purchased 3 pieces of art on canvas. I had several helpful offers to hang the pictures but as I needed advice on where to hang, how high etc I was very keen to get the job done professionally. An internet search identified The Picture Hanger and Patrick duly arrived at my home. I could not have been more satisfied with the friendly, professional and efficient service he provided. I have no hesitation in recommending The Picture Hanger and would definitely use again.

Patricia Goy, Harlow, June 2018

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Throughout the whole process Patrick and his team presented true professionalism. I was made to feel like Patrick wanted to achieve the best results and I can confidently say that I’m extremely happy with the outcome.

Jerry Hammond, Westbury, May 2018

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Patrick and Emily were both very polite and helpful and turned up exactly on time. The completed the task with ease and left no mess behind!
Very pleased and would recommend them happily.

Ian Oxley, Billericay, February 2018

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I would like to say that Patrick and Emily did a great job in hanging all our pictures and photos. Our new flat now looks like ‘home’!

Hazel Coveney, Hove, January 2018

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I have used several picture hangers over the years and never been quite satisfied until I found The Picture Hanger. Both Patrick and Scott are very experienced and professional, friendly clean and tidy and I couldn’t be happier with the final result!

Jenny Ericsson, Chelsea, London, January 2018

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We could not have been more pleased with Patrick and Emily’s work.
They were professional, tidy, fast and very nice.

Ken and Judith Coello, Leatherhead, November 2017

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Patrick and Emily arrived promptly and after talking through where I wanted things, the first 4 items were up in what seemed like 5 minutes! Those pictures and mirrors would have been still waiting around on floors in our house until next year. They were really helpful in advising best positions for things and no job was a hassle for them. We’re really pleased with the work and would definitely use The Picture Hanger again for sure.

Kelly, Bromley, Kent, November 2017

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Pat and Patrick did a great job hanging large and heavy pictures in a difficult staircase. They made sure I was really happy with everything and were pleasant, clean and efficient. Can’t ask for more than that!

Adam, Farringdon, London, September 2017

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We had Patrick and Emily visit us recently to hang more pictures and give us advice on the positioning of our art and mirrors around our house. The service was, as on the first occasion last year when we used Patrick, excellent and the team were very knowledgeable and so helpful in planning where to put things. We would highly recommend them.

John & Susan, Kent, August 2017

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We would both just like to thank you for the great job Patrick did for us. It was exactly the approach we wanted and had been looking for. We had a few ideas, but made it clear that we’d really appreciate Patrick’s input as well. The results are amazing, and we are absolutely delighted. Would have no hesitation in recommending Patrick to anyone. We would certainly ask for his services again, if/when (more likely when now) we buy any more artwork and would like it hanging. A couple of the pictures have never been hung before and they are spectacular.

Michael, Southampton, March 2017

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Thank you Patrick so much so happy with the result you have done a fabulous job!

M.H., Brighton, October 2016

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Patrick was very professional in his conduct over the phone and in person. His expertise shone through in his attention to detail and advice on where to position our pictures and mirrors. Thank you so much for doing such a great job. Will definitely recommend him.

B.A., Potter’s Bar, Hertfordshire, October 2016

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Emily Badescu’s Testimonials

Emily Badescu

Installing a large illuminated mirror above a fireplacePicture hanger by day, artist filmmaker by night. Emily joined the company in Autumn 2016, having moved to Brighton after graduating from the BA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Arts. She is a motivated emerging artist of many talents, in the past having dedicated her creativity to producing films, decorating music festivals and making jam. Her critical eye and artistic training lends itself perfectly to picture hanging and arranging.

ADENDUM: Emily is currently spending a year (at least) in Barcelona, making documentaries with a Spanish production company. Both we and our clients will miss her sunny disposition and keen eye but we are super excited for her new direction!

See client testimonials about Emily below.

Patrick and Emily were both very polite and helpful and turned up exactly on time. The completed the task with ease and left no mess behind!
Very pleased and would recommend them happily.

Ian Oxley, Billericay, February 2018

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I would like to say that Patrick and Emily did a great job in hanging all our pictures and photos. Our new flat now looks like ‘home’!

Hazel Coveney, Hove, January 2018

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Patrick and Emily worked efficiently and meticulously, managing to hang some awkward pictures in even more awkward spaces. Delighted to have the pictures and mirrors hung on the walls and they were a pleasure to have in our home. Would not hesitate in recommending both them and their work.

Victoria Shore, Islip, December 2017

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Matt and Emily did a very good job at my place. They hanged a very large painting and a very heavy mirror. I wanted to use professionals for these specific items rather than my handy man, did a little search on the internet and was immediately convinced that the Picture Hanger were the people to call and I was completely right. Very happy and impressed by the job carried out and will use them again and won’t hesitate to recommend them to friends and family.

Celine Baily, London, November 2017

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Patrick and Emily arrived promptly and after talking through where I wanted things, the first 4 items were up in what seemed like 5 minutes! Those pictures and mirrors would have been still waiting around on floors in our house until next year. They were really helpful in advising best positions for things and no job was a hassle for them. We’re really pleased with the work and would definitely use The Picture Hanger again for sure.

Kelly, Bromley, Kent, November 2017

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We could not have been more pleased with Patrick and Emily’s work.
They were professional, tidy, fast and very nice.

Ken and Judith Coello, Leatherhead, November 2017

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Emily was absolutely lovely, bubbly and personable. I trusted her completely in terms of how best to “celebrate” the space I had allocated for each piece of art. She was keen at every stage to check in with me to make sure I was absolutely happy with the positioning of everything. When it comes to decking out other rooms in our new house, I will most definitely be knocking on “The Picture Hanger’s” door again, in eager search of Emily and her mad skills.

Beth, Bevendean, Brighton, October 2017

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We had Patrick and Emily visit us recently to hang more pictures and give us advice on the positioning of our art and mirrors around our house. The service was, as on the first occasion last year when we used Patrick, excellent and the team were very knowledgeable and so helpful in planning where to put things. We would highly recommend them.

John & Susan, Kent, August 2017

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A superb service – thank you so much! Pat and Emily completed a fantastic job for me. They were super friendly and incredibly tidy. You have transformed my walls! Ta.

Jason, Streatham, London, August 2017

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Patrick and Emily put up a big mirror and two pictures for us. We were very happy with their work. They were helpful, knowledgeable and gave good advice.

Sheila, Brighton, January 2017

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Scott Cowan’s Testimonials

I am extremely impressed with Scott’s work and cannot stop admiring my wall! He put together a large gallery wall using just a photo I showed him for inspiration, and beautifully translated those ideas into the space with such care and precision. I cannot recommend this service enough – to have a professional that can not only mount frames accurately, avoiding electrics in the wall, but also combine that skill with genuine artistic flair, is well worth it. Extremely professional, thorough, and fantastic value for money. Thanks!

Claudia Haavik, Kensington, London, January 2018

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Very happy with the service – efficient and professional. Scott gave useful advice on how and where to hang our pictures. Would definitely use again!

Caroline Parkes, London, December 2017

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I am absolutely thrilled with Scott’s work! He did such a fantastic job and was most pleasant.
Honestly it was the best received birthday present for my boyfriend.

Jess McMicking, London, November 2017

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We were very happy with our hanging. Scott was very professional and made us at ease over hanging our heavy mirror. He is experienced and he did the job in no time at all! He even offered to help us hang up any extras around the house which was very kind. I would definitely recommend him and will be using him again when needed. Thank you!

Mary, Tower Hamlets, September 2017

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Delighted to use the Picture Hanger to (finally) get everything on our walls. Scott was patient and had a great eye for setting everything out – so pleased to enjoy our art safe in knowledge it is hung securely and positioned perfectly.

Mark, Loughton, Essex, September 2017

 

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Scheduling was easy and convenient. Scott did a great job and walked me through every step he was doing – the end result was exactly as I wanted.
Even though my house is very uneven with slopes all over the place, the pictures and mirrors all look perfect where they have been hung.
If I had tried to do it myself, it would have taken three times as long and probably with botched results.
Would highly recommend and will use this service again.

Anita, Fulham, London, September 2017

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I was planning on using a handyman, but I am very happy that I decided to use the Picture Hanger instead. The service provided by Scott was great and I am very pleased with the result. I will definitely recommend the Picture Hanger and use them again.

Anton, Finchley, London, September 2017

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I was recommended The Picture Hanger by a friend who had turned to them following bad quality jobs done by the likes of Task Rabbit. This may be a slightly more expensive option, but the service is prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and the end product always first class. Both times I have used them I have had Scott, who is easy going and very helpful with advice on both where and how to hang various pictures. I would not hesitate in either recommending them or using them again.

Anonymous, Streatham, London, April 2017

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Scott was a very safe pair of hands, and was happy to give a second opinion when needed. Would happily use the service again.

Michael, Hackney, East London, April 2017

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Just to let you know we were delighted with Scott’s work – his assistance and advice was much appreciated and our flat looks all the better for having our pictures professionally hung. Scott was prompt, courteous and communicated very well with us. We would happily use his services again.

Jane, Crouch End, London, February 2017

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I was very happy with Scott’s work. He took time to discuss and consider the various compositions with me and ensured each piece was hung perfectly.

S.W., Dalston, East London, January 2017

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Scott did a great job and the pictures all look fabulous.

Anthony, North London, December 2016

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People of Picturehanging – A Well Travelled Mirror

 

Last week we hung a very well travelled mirror.

The mirror has followed Glenys and her husband as they’ve ping-ponged across continents. Moving from Australia, to Canada, to Australia to Canada and back and forth a few more times. Now they find themselves in London, having broken a well formed pattern.

As a gift their children wanted to make them a print of all their addresses, but had to limit it to only thirteen. They are enjoying the excitement of the city but can’t say where and when the mirror will be relocated to next.

Child-friendly picture hanging

Many of the clients we work for are keen art loving parents with kids of their own. They are quite naturally keen to foster an appreciation of art in their young ones. and rightly so!

Decorating your children’s bedroom or playroom with art is great as it not only provides them with a warm and friendly atmosphere but also promotes and inspires creativity. When picture hanging for children the usual service we provide must be tailored. There are three important factors to be considered when decorating spaces for children.

Safety

We do not advice installing sharp dangerous potentially life threatening art work, in the area your children play in the most. For instance you may love Marina Abramovic, but that doesn’t mean you should invite her to do a performance piece for your children. As intellectually stimulating as her knives and guns audience participation may be, what works in Tate Modern might not work in the nursery. Pictures (generally speaking) are safer than performance pieces. When installing pictures in children’s rooms we make sure that they are fixed to the wall securely.

Eye-level

So that the children can fully appreciate the work their height must be taken into consideration. We hang pictures for children at a lower than the usual eye level. Not too low though, like when buying then shoes, you want to leave some room for growth!

Fun

The same way a Marina Abramovic won’t work in the play room so won’t a Francis Bacon. Choose warm inviting art works to decorate your children’s space with. Think colourful and joyous rather than dark and angsty, if the art works you own are representational then choose the ones that depict happy and calming scenes.

‘Have you tried camouflage?’

Reasons to camouflage:

To mimic surroundings, to disguise the unsightly,
to dazzle predators, to conceal weapons or
to distort what you may naturally be.

This is the title and theme of the exhibition that the Shrub Collective (Rebecca Archer, Daisy Elsom and myself,) have been preparing for the last couple of months.

Now the date has finally arrived. Our exhibition is opening tomorrow night! If you would like to read more about how we found the gallery and why we chose it see my previous post.

We’ve all been approaching the theme of camouflage in very different ways. Daisy is working red gauzy material and Rebecca is working with humour, body language and the forest.

I myself have been recording and editing a WWI inspired sound piece, that blends Odyssey and Navy with the desire and paranoia of the time of the war. This piece is the lead up to a bigger project. I will soon be making a film in association with Strike A Light which will be screening in June as part of an event to commemorate the WWI centenary.

‘Have you tried camouflage?’ opens this Wednesday at Gallery Lock – In and will be on until Sunday. If you are in Brighton and are curious to experience some immersive contemporary art then come check it out.

We very much look forward to sharing our new work with you.
Four shrubs from the Shrub Collective.

Admission:

Free

Exhibition opening times:

15/02 Weds: 7PM – 10PM
16/02 Thurs: 1PM – 8PM
17/02 Fri: 1PM – 8PM
18/02 Sat: 11AM – 6PM
19/02 Sun: 11AM – 6PM

Address:

Little Western Street, Brighton, BN1 2PU