We see all sorts of things going into storage. Some of them are pretty robust and durable. But others need a little bit of extra attention. Artworks definitely fall into the latter category! Art is two things: delicate and irreplaceable. That basically means you get one chance to store it well.
However, there’s no need to worry. With a few expert tips and a little bit of research, you can store your artworks for long periods with no adverse effects. To find out how, have a read of our tips to store artwork.
Direct sunlight is anathema to art: Avoid sunlight!
If you spend a lot of time in galleries, you’ll probably be aware that they aren’t big on natural light. And there’s a very good reason for that: sunlight fades artworks. It’s pretty easy to assume that the sunlight rule only applies to ancient artworks that have weathered centuries and are always on the verge of falling apart. But that’s not the case. Direct sunlight can actually fade brand new works in a matter of days. If you want to see this in action, try printing out a picture and leaving it in the direct sun – it’s amazing how fast it deteriorates. Luckily, that’s easy to avoid with art. Simply leave it out of the sun and you’ll have no issues.
Tips to store artwork vary depending on climates: in Australia, your biggest concern is humidity
Moisture and art do not get along well at all. If you store art in a particularly humid part of Australia – like Queensland – the consequences can be devastating. That’s why one of our best tips for storing artwork is to find a climate controlled space for it. A lot of storage units are great for that, as they are secure from the environmental conditions.
If your artwork is not framed behind glass, we suggest covering it with a soft cloth to prevent dust
Most artworks are framed behind glass or Perspex. But not all of them. Some works – for example, those using acrylic on board – are not framed behind glass. That means dust can affect them. However, dust isn’t their biggest enemy – cleaning products are! Cleaning off dust with cleaning products can quickly destroy artworks. So we recommend covering your art with a soft cloth before storing it. This will keep a majority of the dust off, without suffocating the painting.
Avoid leaving artwork rolled up in a protective tube
Prints often come in protective cardboard tubes, and so do a lot of paintings. Those tubes are great too – so the temptation is always there to store them like that. After all, they are protected and very space efficient. But over time, they will become more rigid and brittle. Then, when the time comes to unfurl them, you could end up with cracked and distorted paint and paper. If you’re storing art long-term, always store it flat!
Choose a cool, dark, dry storage unit
You might have noticed that a lot of our tips for storing artwork involve keeping it safe from the weather. And by weather, we mean sunlight and moisture. That’s why, if we were to distil our tips into one, it would be to store them in a safe and secure self storage unit. These units are protected from direct sunlight, extreme temperature variations and humidity. So why not make the most of them?
For more expert tips for storing artwork, contact our team at All Size Sheds today!