Fine Art Trade Guild,
2 Wye House,
6 Enterprise Way,
T: 020 7381 6616
The Fine Art Trade Guild is the trade association for the art and framing industry. This comprises artists, art publishers, galleries, art shops, picture retailers, framers, restorers, and manufacturers and suppliers to the trade; in effect, everyone involved in bringing pictures to walls!
Formed in 1910, the Fine Art Trade Guild is the successor to the Printsellers' Association which had been set up in 1847. The Fine Art Trade Guild develops and maintains internationally recognised standards including Print Standards, Framing Standards (Five Levels of Framing), Mountboard Standards and guidelines for Tapes and Adhesives in framing.
Whilst being an oracle of information for Art lovers, with updates on what’s new and where to buy, the Guild helps consumers make informed choices. We tell them how to care for their art and preserve it for generations to come, as well as how to set off their art and collectibles, memorabilia and photos to best advantage with good quality framing, by the experts.
Being a member of the Guild allows you to network among industry leaders and make new contacts to grow your business. The Guild’s GCF qualification allows you to expand your knowledge too - the Guild Certified Framer (GCF) logo signifies a professionally qualified framer. The Fine Art Trade Guild offers this vocational qualification to framers, more and more of whom are now taking the specialist qualifications available in Advanced Textile Framing, Conservation and Mount Design and Function. Framers, make sure that’s you.
Guild members agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and keep up to date with the latest standards, trends and materials. Standards and qualifications development, dispute mediation, merchant services cost savings and specialist information are just a fraction of what the Guild provides.
Furthermore, the Fine Art Trade Guild publishes the award-winning trade magazine Art Business Today, as well as specialist books: The Artist’s Guide to Selling Work, Starting Up a Gallery and Frame Shop, among others.