The Best of The Practical Art World

I’m very happy to share that this November, The Practical Art World surpassed 200,000 visits! Over the past year and a half, we have enjoyed your generous feedback, emails, comments, and questions. We love hearing that the articles posted here on the site have helped you as professional artists, so THANK YOU!

In honour of the first 200,000 visitors to The Practical Art World, we’ve compiled a list: Continue reading

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10 Ways to Improve your Artistic Career – Week 2

Visitors experience Olafur Eliasson’s “The Weather Project” at the Tate Modern

WEEK 2: View art in person

These days, much art viewing occurs online. This makes sense in one way– the internet offers potentially global reach to virtually every artist. You can Google “Gerhard Richter” and see almost his entire catalogue instantly.

Despite this wide accessibility and the fact that the internet is an incredible tool for artists, Continue reading

How To Label Artwork in an Exhibition

Once you’ve hung artwork for an exhibition, how are you going to pass on the details of the works to visitors? There are several different options for labeling your work in this setting, though each should let visitors know:

  • The artist’s name
  • The title of the work
  • The medium of the work
  • The size of the work
  • The price of the work (if applicable)

Here is an example:

Vincent van Gogh
The Starry Night, 1889
Oil on canvas
73.7 cm × 92.1 cm (29 in × 36¼ in)

Below are some options for professionally labeling your artworks in an exhibition setting.


Often galleries and museums will use vinyl to display an artist’s name and / or the title of the show near the entryway. Next time you visit an institution, have a look.  Custom-cut vinyl lettering is easily removable and will not damage walls. You can see an example Continue reading

Choosing Hardware to Hang Artwork

Many hardware options and methods exist for hanging different artworks. The following hardware and hanging examples are meant as a guideline for those wanting to hang their own artwork, however, please keep in mind that every individual project is different. If in doubt, it is best to contact a professional. Please find a list of Vancouver art installers at the bottom of this post.



Examples of d-rings


Affixing D-rings to your artwork and hanging without wire is a secure and sturdy method for mounting artwork to the wall. In my experience it is the most common way to hang small and medium-sized artwork, and even larger paintings which are not too heavy. This method will work if you have either a frame or a canvas or panel stretcher which will facilitate a d-ring. The benefit to using this method rather than hanging on a wire is the work will rest more flush with the wall, and will not shift or become un-level. Artwork can be hung using d-rings by following these steps:

  1. Measure the height of your work. Make a mark 1/3 from the top of the work.
  2. Use an awl to start a hole where you want to place the screw.
  3. Screw the d-rings into place on both sides Continue reading

How to Hang Artwork

Many galleries and museums hang artwork based on where the centre of an artwork falls. This is so the work looks consistent with other works on display. A common guideline for works in an exhibition is to have the centre of the work between 56 and 58 inches from the floor, as this is the average line of vision. Aligning the centre heights of each work creates an even and consistent installation:

The centre of each artwork hung at a consistent height

Exceptions to centering the work usually occur when a work is very large. With a larger work, it is best to decide aesthetically what height is best to view the entire work. This is usually lower than the centre median, since if the work is too high would be difficult to view the whole piece.

You can use these steps to hang your artwork at a consistent height:

1. Decide on a centre height for your work, between 56-58 inches or one of your choice, depending on your installation space.

2. Measure he height of your artwork, then mark the centre.

3. Measure the distance between the centre height of the work and the hanging device—whether it be d-rings, a cleat, or wire (Measurement A). If you are measuring for wire, make sure you measure from the centre when the wire is taught, to emulate how the work will hang on the wall.

Measurement A

4. Add Measurement A to your chosen centre height. The sum of these two numbers is Measurement B.

5. Measure from the floor to the height of Measurement B, and install your hanging hardware at this height.

Hang hardware at the height of Measurement B

Once installed, the centre point of your artwork will fall at your chosen centre height. For further information about hardware used for hanging, please read the post Choosing Hardware to Hang Artwork.


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