Our Story

The what, why and how of Art Graphics UK Ltd

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What We Do

We Present Your Art & Images Beautifully.

From designed & engineered frames to specialist finishes, acrylic boxes, canvases, printed panels and bespoke wallpaper.

To ensure your art looks its best we can deliver and install the pieces for you. We have a team of expert installers versed in the many types of installation. They know what works best in your situation and will be glad to provide their knowledge.

We can generate images and image series as required for projects. This is often used to achieve a specific visual for commercial projects. Your project can be enhanced with our graphic design, illustration, digital & photographic composites.


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Why Us?

What Makes Art Graphics Different?

We can frame anything
We are a small highly skilled team with complementary talents. We love the work we do & like making clients happy. Our framers have decades of experience framing a diverse range of items so know how to approach your project.

Details matter to us
It’s the little things that matter. From perfectly aligned backboards and tape to tight frame corners, intelligent design and conservation materials.

World class systems
We have strong custom built systems to ensure the work is tracked from first contact to project completion. At all stages your artwork is safe with us – our workshop is secure, alarmed & insured by Lloyd’s of London.

Oversized specialists
We can undertake any size of project – our space is designed for the largest art pieces, including our custom spray booth for the clean gallery look.

The Team

How We Got Here & Our Team

Art Graphics is a 3rd generation family business doing quality framing for business since 1974. Right back at the beginning of our story – Ian McDonnell started the company selling framed silk-screen prints to Selfridge’s in London.

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Managing Director

Frances

Frances left a Senior Graphics Lecturer role in 2012 to work full time in the company as Managing Director.

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R&D Director

Simon

Simon joined the company aged 22 after a gap year in Israel to help out & pay a favour back to his Dad Ian. He never left. He is Product Designer, Senior Framer, and all-round good-guy at the heart of the company.

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Finance & Tech Department

Lou

Lou manages everything to do with Finance for Art Graphics, and everything technology-based. She runs the print department, photography, stock control, purchasing ... and is also studying for her level 4 Accountancy qualification. Lou is an indispensable member of our team and is always smiling.

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Sales Department

Jake

Jake is pushing us forward on the customer focus front, with expertise in client service, social media, and digital marketing. He has a great sense of quiet humour to keep us all happy.

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Woodwork Department

Chris

Chris is an experienced frame-maker and runs our woodwork department. He is currently training up 2 new apprentices in the ways of Art Graphics.

We are part of the Goldman Sachs 10KSB Alumni, a business growth programme aiming to propel 10,000 small businesses to super-growth.

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The Workshop

Where the magic happens

Our 2600 sq ft studio workshop is the perfect creative environment. We’ve invested in technology, equipment & systems for each zoned area to ensure we can handle anything you throw at us, in any size. Here are some highlights:

  • 2600 sq ft – The perfect size for dealing with very large artwork
  • Zoned Clean Areas – Artwork is handled in special zones to ensure it’s free from stains, saws, dust etc.
  • Compressor – Supplies compressed air to power tools and ensure artwork is free of dust before framing. Our high-end system provides clean air, triple filtered. Other systems can leave water droplets and oils on artwork.
  • Laminator – A full size laminator is an essential piece of our daily tool kit.
  • Gunnar – Pro computerised mount cutter to ensure every mount is accurate to 0.1mm
  • Eizo Monitor – For professional colour matching and print previewing
  • Large format printer – The 60 inch HP printer can produce everything from art replications to building sized banners on paper, canvas or vinyl.
  • Long edge cutter – For perfect cuts to the edges of huge prints
  • Hotpress – For a flawless finish to professional photos
  • Spray booth – Gallery perfect spray finishes give a clean, modern look with no corner joins

Our workshop is based at the Adelphi Mill in Bollington, Cheshire.

We look forward to seeing you there soon!