Information/FAQs

INFO

We aim to offer a wide variety of unique decorative art (screenprints, paintings, spraypaint, stencil, and off-set prints) to bring beauty and interest to any space.
With a large number of stockists nationally, and also attending a number of pop-up events throughout the year, we are able to offer interesting and accessible art to a much bigger audience.
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SHIPPING

We predominately use courier services within the UK. Our preferred carriers are DHL and Hermes. If you have a courier service you would prefer, get in touch and we can discuss your requirements. For smaller prints and folded posters we also use Royal Mail services (all fully tracked and insured).

We have a clear and easy return policy so you can buy from us with confidence. Excluding pictures we have framed for you, the following applies to all products and other merchandise on this site:

In the unlikely event you are unhappy with your purchase, please notify us immediately. You may return purchased items for any reason within 14 days of your receiving them (safely packaged and fully insured) for a FULL REFUND of the purchase price (less actual shipping), no questions asked! You must notify us before sending items back. Items must be in the same condition as originally sent to you or return policy does not apply.

If an item is damaged in shipment, this is extremely rare, but it does occasionally happen, please take some photos of the damage and email it to us, we’ll call and remedy the situation.

POP UPS

Throughout the year we have a number of pop-up gallery spaces and exhibitions around Scotland. If you are interested in hosting one of these, please email us and we’ll get in touch. Pop-up spaces allow us to bring art to market without the overheads of a commercial unit, they are also a great chance for customers to see, touch and feel the works they are purchasing. We try to create a theme or idea behind these Pop-up exhibitions to give the space a little uniformity or flavour – it also helps us decide what we should show.

RETAIL

We have over twenty retailers throughout the UK, from Aberdeen to Brighton. If you would like to start stocking work send us a message and we can organise next steps. If you would like to know where your nearest local stockist is, send us an email or DM with your postcode.

ART CARE

Caring for your artwork at home

Avoid Heat

Ideally pictures should not be hung above radiators. Extreme or rapid changes in temperature cause paper, canvas and wood to dry out and adhesives to fail.

Beware damp

Damp can cause pictures on paper to ripple. If the ripples touch the glass, the picture might stick and be hard to remove. Damp also encourages fungal growth, likely to show as brown stains. Conservation framing can slow these effects, but it is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid conditions. Allow six months before hanging pictures on newly plastered walls.

Eye-level display

Remember most pictures are designed to be viewed at eye-level. When hanging a group of pictures of different sizes align the top edges, or have a hanging theme for clusters. Groups of pictures need not be hung in symmetrical patterns, but they should follow some sort of overall design. Try arranging them on the floor first.

Hang securely

Use two hooks on the wall, each set about a quarter of the way in from either side of the picture. Check that the cord, wire or other hanger you use is designed to support the weight of your artwork. Where safety is critical, in children’s bedrooms, for example, ensure security fittings and glazing. Rail and other hanging systems can be used when pictures are to be rotated regularly.

A gentle clean

Dust frames or treat with a soft brush, rather than risk applying water or cleaning fluids. Do nott use cleaning fluids or water on the varnished surface of oil paintings; again dust carefully. If cleaning fluids have to be used on the glass, apply them to a duster first (rather than spraying the glass directly); take care not to let the fluids touch the frame, or bleed into mounts.

Regular checks

If you find any evidence of discolouration, unsightly brown dots, small insects under the glass or that the brown paper tape sealing the back of the frame has come unstuck, return the frame to the framer. Check for corroding picture wire or weak or loosening cord. The varnish on oil paintings will gradually discolour, especially if the picture hangs in smoky or polluted conditions. It should be replaced as it dirties. Oil paintings stretched over wooden bars may sag over time and the bars can make a slight imprint on the front of the canvas. Take the picture back to your framer for tightening or re-stretching. We would recommend inspection every five years.

Out of the light

Try not to hang pictures directly opposite large windows as sunlight fades colours and discolours paper. Special UV-coated glass can help to slow this down (we’ve added UV film in older properties, sometimes with a gentle tint). There are industry-wide standards for printing and framing materials. Ask your framer about the ways in which you can preserve your artwork for the long-term. We have experience in UV films for windows too, and can signpost you toward trusted companies to help with this.

Handle with care

When carrying and transporting a picture, grasp the frame firmly on both sides. If you have to store pictures, make sure they are stacked vertically and the right way up. When stacking pictures, stand them glass to glass so that the hangers do not damage the frames.

FRAMING

Whether you are looking for a period, traditional, or a clean contemporary look, we are able to source a frame with a completely unique finish to enhance your artwork in a subtle and sophisticated way. The best bit about this is you’ll know no one else will have the same.

If you email the colour, style, and size of frame you are thinking of we can arrange for your piece to be delivered, ready to hang.

All framing will be completed to very high standards. Museum and conservation level framing is not confined to museums works.  Some artwork gains museum-quality status over time.  Works that are to be preserved for future generations, including high value items and artwork of potential or historical value should be framed to these levels, where possible. Processes are intended to be fully reversible for a number of decades, which means that the framed work can be returned to its former state, i.e. prior to framing, at any time, assuming that the artwork is not inherently unstable.

Good original frames should be retained wherever possible as these can enhance the value of the artwork, and add to the story. Frames can be replicated for display purposes though, while the original is preserved in storage.  Sometimes it is advantageous to retain an original window-mount (possibly gilded or decorated). Framing should give the best possible protection for your artwork or objects, whilst looking good and enabling you to view your framed work to best effect. By using the highest quality materials available and the best techniques, we can give your work protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids generated by many framing materials. Framing should last for many decades.  However, pictures are rarely hung in ideal conditions, so we recommend that you have the frame checked every five years or so by a professional framer.

Any existing labels should always be preserved as this can provide provenance for the art.

HANGING

We offer a hanging service for single pieces or entire residential/commercial hanging systems, throughout Scotland.  We specialise in work within period properties, with a low impact and aesthetically pleasing finish.  Email us your requirements.

PRESS

At Bell’s Galleries we like to be kept in the picture! If you would like to feature any of our fantastic art then please email, or phone, with a list images that you require, or with any further questions you have.

We can also loan products for fully credited photo shoots.

POSTERS

What are the different poster conditions?

Mint As clean and as crisp as it was on day of delivery to cinema

Fine Very clean, maybe a fine thumb dent

Fair Possible edge wear or crease

Worn Maybe a tear, or discouloration in part

What are the different poster sizes?

Below are the standard poster sizes for each country. The actual size of a poster can vary from the standard a little, when one does we detail the actual size in the poster’s listing, along with the linen/paper-backed/framed size if applicable (please note though that these sizes are approximate and should not be relied upon for framing purposes, etc).

All dimensions are in inches.

Australian Posters

Daybills printed prior to 1940 they measure approx. 14 X 40, commonly called long daybills. Printed after 1940 they measure 13 X 30 and are called short daybills. However, size variations are common. They are printed on paper stock and most are folded twice.
One-Sheets measure 27 X 41

British Posters

Quad measure 30 x 40. Most common poster size in the UK. Quads are horizontal and may have different artwork to the US One-sheet.
British One Sheet measure 27 X 40 inches. Printed on thin paper stock and not as common as British Quad.
Mini-Quad measure 12 X 16, used for window display and hand-outs to moviegoers.
Two-Sheet measure 40 X 60, used in bus and subway stations.
Three-Sheet measurements of Three-Sheets varies from 40 x 81 to 40 x 90.
Double Crown measures 20 X 30
Lobby Cards (also called FOH Front of House) came in varying sizes Mini 8 X 10, Standard 11 X 14 and Jumbo 14 X 17. They are rarely used today.

French Posters

French Petite– measures approximately 15 3/4 x 23 5/8 (can vary an inch or so in direction)
Affiche Moyenne (or Medium Poster)– measures 23 5/8 x 31 1/2.
Pantalon (or Door Panel)– measures approximately 23 5/8 x 63. Also referred to as a French Insert. Issued on major titles only and primarily in the 80s and early 90s.
Half Grande measures approx 31 1/2 x 47 1/4. Half the size of the Grande but horizontal. Generally used as reissues.
Grande Affiche (or One-Panel) measures 47 1/4 x 63. Issued in one piece, can vary in size an inch or so
Double Grande (or Two-Panel) measures approximately 63 x 94 1/2. Normally issued horizontally.

U.S. Posters

Lobby Cards measure 11 X 14. They are printed on a heavy card stock, and were generally produced in sets of 8. Each card in a set is usually numbered and sets up to the 1960s also featured a Title Card (highly collectable).
Window Cards measure 14 x 22. They were printed on a heavier card stock and have a large white space at the top where the exhibitor would write the theatre name and play dates. Most studios stopped printing them in the 1960s.
Inserts measure 14 X 36. They are usually printed on heavy card stock similar to Lobby Cards. They are rolled (but many eventually have been folded). The use of Inserts declined in the 1970s.
Half-Sheets measure 22 X 28. They are printed on a heavier stock than One-Sheets. They were rolled when issued. The Half-Sheet was discontinued in the early 1980s.
One-Sheets measure 27 x 41 up until the 1980s. In the 1980s they started to be printed a little shorter, the current standard print size is 27 x 40. They are printed on thin paper stock. Until the early 1980s One-Sheets were usually folded. Many different styles for a single release can exist, such as Advance or Style, B, C, etc.
30 X 40 and 40 X 60 naturally named after their measurements. Printed on heavier stock. Usually rolled and are far rarer than smaller poster sizes.
Three-Sheets measure 41 x 81. Three times the size of a One-Sheet, they are printed on thinner paper and are printed in two sections. When lined backed the two sections are pieced together.
Six-Sheets measure 81 x 81. Printed on thinner paper and come in several sections