Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Picture Perfect; Hanging a Painting Can Be Tricky, So Gallery Owner Clare Stracey Hired Professionals to Do the Job in Her New Home

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Picture Perfect; Hanging a Painting Can Be Tricky, So Gallery Owner Clare Stracey Hired Professionals to Do the Job in Her New Home

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Byline: FAY SWEET

OF ALL people, you would expect an art gallery owner to know how and where she wants to display her pictures at home. But not Clare Stracey. "I knew I was going to have problems with one big picture over the stairway because of the stair's glass balustrade: that set me thinking about hiring some help for hanging all the pieces," she says. The more she thought about it, the more she was convinced it was a good idea and so called in Art and Design Installations.

The company has an impressive track record, having worked with curators and artists in hanging major exhibitions at galleries including the Tate, ICA and Serpentine, as well as in offices, hotels and homes. " Sometimes we're asked to hang a whole show, sometimes it's just a single picture," says Dean Proctor of ADI.

Stracey, who is also a director of the Art First gallery in Cork Street, W1, says: " I needed some strong arms to hold pictures in position while I sat down, stood up and walked around looking, but I also wanted the objective opinion of the hangers. If you ask friends for advice, it gets complicated."

Her collection is based on the unusual mixture of African and Scottish artists she represents, including Simon Lewty, Will Maclean, Karel Nel and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.

The project to design a new hanging scheme was inspired by Stracey's recent move to a home in south-west London where she had a series of pristine white walls ready and waiting for pictures. "I resisted the temptation of rushing to fill every space and started by bringing in the main, big pieces, leaning them against the walls in position around the rooms and then living with them for a couple of weeks," she explains. "Curiously, it's so much easier with a gallery exhibition, the pictures almost tell you where they want to go, there's no furniture in the way and you don't have to live with the results."

By the time ADI came along, Stracey had a good idea of where the main pieces should go. …

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