Fine Art Packer FAQS
What does a fine art packer do?
Fine art packers carefully wrap, pack, and crate fine art such as paintings, sculptures, glasswork, and other fragile pieces to ensure safe handling and transportation. Their specialized skills protect valuable artwork from damage when shipping to galleries, museums, collectors, art fairs, and other destinations.
What skills and qualifications are required?
Expertise in handling fine art and antiques is essential. Strong attention to detail and hand-eye coordination are key. Training in packing techniques, materials knowledge, lift operation and climate control are necessary. Licenses for driving box trucks or operating lifts may be needed. Fine arts education is valued.
What is the work environment like?
The job involves a blend of preparing packing materials in the warehouse, traveling to locations to pack art, and lifting/moving heavy crated artwork. The work is fast-paced leading up to major art moves. Environment includes a warehouse setting plus client homes, galleries, etc.
What equipment and tools do fine art packers use?
Key tools include hammers, power drills, protective gloves, bubble wrap, foam, cardboard, wood, straps, humidity gauges, blankets and tapes. Forklifts or dollies are used to move heavy crates. Proper packing materials that provide climate control and shock absorption are essential.
How do you properly pack different types of art?
Fragile media like pastels or glass need extra-secure packing, while sturdy items like bronze sculpture require less. Oils and acrylics are safely packed vertically to avoid damage from shifting. Soft items may be wrapped in tissue paper first. Temperature and humidity monitors protect art in transit.
What is the career outlook and salary range?
Employment of fine art packers is projected to grow steadily along with the continued strength of the global art market. Average earnings are £30,000-£45,000 annually, with experienced senior packers earning £50,000 or more.
What is the best way to start a career as a fine art packer?
Gaining apprenticeship experience under seasoned art packers provides invaluable training. Many begin in art handler or preparator roles before specializing. Earning fine arts certifications shows commitment. Attention to detail and dexterity are core competencies. A passion for art is a must.