Picture Framers Guild of Australia Brochure Information
Maintaining High Standards
GUILD INDUSTRY STANDARDS
Members of the Picture Framers Guild of Australia are committed to upholding and promoting the PFGA Industry Standards.
FRAMERS WITH STANDARDS
Standards set down by the Picture Framers Guild of Australia define the minimum requirements for framing techniques and for materials used. This brochure is an outline of the framing standards that your Guild framer will use.
The Guild believes the setting of such standards is in the long term interests of its customers and the art they handle. The need for these standards will be actively promoted and only Guild members have made a commitment to uphold them.
For a detailed explanation of the Picture Framers’ Guild of Australia’s standard please go to www.pfga.org.au
Picture Framers’ Guild of Australia members display the following logo:
Category 1 – Minimum
This level provides basic framing where price overrides visual appearance and quality.
Recommended for temporary display or stock frame into which a customer may insert their own item.
Category 2 – Decorator
This level provides a visually acceptable frame at a budget price. The protection of the artwork or its long-term visual appearance is not of prime importance. No archival properties are required.
Items recommended for this category of framing are replaceable artwork of no commercial or sentimental value such as posters, open edition prints, photographs, etc.
Category 3 – Quality
This level aims to visually enhance artwork and offers a moderate level of protection from airborne pollution and acid damage for around 5 years in normal conditions.
Items recommended for this category of framing are artworks of limited commercial and/or moderate sentimental value and where visual appearance is important.
Category 4 – Conservation
This level aims to visually enhance artwork and offers a high level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution, UV light and acids generated by framing materials, for approximately 20 years under normal conditions. All techniques must be reversible and no materials are to be used which are known to be, or might be, damaging or accelerate ageing to the artwork.
Items recommended for this category of framing include items of artistic, monetary, historic or sentimental value.
Category 5 – Museum
At this level framing aims to visually enhance artwork and offers the ultimate level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution, UV light and acids generated by framing materials for up to 35 years in normal conditions. All techniques must be reversible and no materials are to be used which are known to be, or might be, damaging or accelerate ageing to the arwork.
Items recommended for this category of framing include museum-quality works and artwork that is to be preserved for the future. It includes high value items and artwork of potential or historical value.
Notes: Items in Categories 4 & 5 should be examined by a Guild framer or conservator every five years, as advised by the PFGA label on the back of the frame, for any deterioration caused by inherent vice in the artwork or by environmental factors external to the frame.
Guild members assess all items as to their condition and inform the customer if treatment by a conservator is required prior to framing and which category should be applied. Where artwork has been, or is to be, bonded to a support, as required in some conservation procedures and many photographic processes, that support is to be considered part of the artwork for framing purposes. Where an existing frame is an integral part of the history or aesthetic intent of the artwork, the expectation is that the frame be maintained, although it may be modified in line with current conservation practice.
Picture Framers Guild of Australia Inc.
PO Box 1034
Niddre Vic 3042