Fine Art Trade Guild
Yes, before I joined the art world I had never heard of the Fine Art Trade Guild (FATG) either!
Like any other professional body, the FATG sets standards of professional conduct and best practice for trades associated with the art industry.
See the FATG website for more details.
Members of the FATG abide by a code of ethics to act honourably in the conduct of business, and should a dispute arise with a client, there is arbitration on hand to settle things calmly.
The FATG provides a professional qualification for framers. With or without actual qualification, members of the Guild have access to regular updates on best practice, techniques, business and legal advice and also individual technical advice on specific issues that may arise in the course framing.
Quality of materials
The FATG works with producers of art materials (paper, paint, glue, printing inks, printing substrates, frame mouldings, mount boards to name just a few) to ensure that colours stay true and artworks can be enjoyed for many years.
Five Levels of Framing
The FATG has defined five levels of framing to help the customer choose the best frame to suit the artwork and their budget.
Minimum - Putting economy first
Budget - Visually pleasing, but offering no long-term protection
Commended - Guarantees a degree of protection, with design playing an important part
Conservation - Helping preserve your artwork for future generations
Museum - The ultimate protection for your artwork