Useful for anyone exhibiting in a non-gallery location
A few months ago I was asked by some friends who work in an Estate Agent in Spain if I would like to exhibit my collection of paintings in their office. Great. I love exhibiting in non-gallery spaces: it means non-gallery people get to see my work. Whilst they had lovely empty plain white walls in their office there was one caveat – I was not to make any holes in the walls at all. Not even to put up a hanging rail. After exploring lots of options (which included buying 16 easels or arranging my work on step-ladders) I decided it might be possible to clip a hanging system onto the metal frames that held the ceiling tiles in place.
I very quickly learned that the cost of buying an off-the-shelf hanging system was not only beyond my reach, but disproportionate to what it was actually made from. I set about making my own low budget version and though I would share the results with you here. A standard hanging system is based on a track (or hanging rail), cables and hooks.
I also bought some cable ties for 75 cents and some “s” hooks (which were a waste of time, my tech support ended up fashioning some out of wire). I will explain what both these are for in a minute.
MAKING IT ALL HANG TOGETHER
The lower cable block connector was not tightened fully, so it could slide up and down the cable to the required height.
NOW TO INSTALL THE EXHIBITION!
Climbing carefully down the ladder you can now attach the “s” hook to the back of your painting. Note: I use two cables for each painting as it helps set it straight easier (and used blue tack hidden behind the frame to secure corners in place)
In the exhibition nobody even spotted the hanging system (perfect).
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