Workspace Movers for Art Exhibits

If you own an art exhibit and are moving locations, chances are that you are going to need to hire workspace movers specializing in moving art exhibits. Moving an art exhibit requires a lot of art preservation knowledge and packaging expertise. Optim Workspace™, a Graebel Van Lines® Company, has gained plenty of this knowledge over 65 years of experience completing specialty moves.

Full-service moving companies should already know the procedure for packing, crating, and transporting an art exhibit, but they typically offer it as a subcontracted service. Regardless of whether you hire workspace movers for an art exhibit or not, Graebel Moving® recommends knowing the process so you can do it yourself or be able to spot if your workspace movers are not packaging your art exhibit properly. You can also weed out rogue workspace movers by questioning their techniques and making sure that they are up to par before enlisting their services.

When packing unframed paintings, workspace movers for art exhibits will complete the following steps: 

Not touch the artwork with bare hands. Workspace movers will use tissue paper or white cotton gloves to handle unframed paintings.

Professional workspace movers for art exhibits will wrap the piece in acid free tissue paper; then, for additional protection against moisture, they may then wrap the unframed piece in plastic.

Fold four pieces of acid-free tissue paper into triangles with one side open, then place the triangles on each corner of the work. These help secure the piece to a strong backing material.

Tape the four corners made in Step three and mount the artwork to foamcore.

Place a few layers of cardboard on both sides of the newly secured piece and tape the cardboard layers together in order to secure the unframed painting.

For proper packing of framed paintings, workspace movers for art exhibits will: 

Wrap your artwork with acid-free tissue paper.

Wrap the piece in bubble wrap, ensuring adequate coverage on the corners since they are most susceptible to damage during transport.

Find a large enough box with ideally three inches of additional space for the framed piece, its wrappings, and additional padding to fit.

Place a layer of foam or cushioned packaging material in the box, creating a layer to rest the frame on.

Pack all open areas surrounding the piece with packing material, securing it tightly.

Since many art exhibits showcase more than just art, professional workspace movers for art exhibits will also know how to package and crate sculptures by using the following practices.

Take bubble wrap and wrap around the upper half of the sculpture twice. Workspace movers will then cut the bubble wrap and secure it with tape, leaving the second half of the sculpture untouched. They will then repeat this step once more until the top of the statue is very secure.

Wrap the bottom half of the sculpture with bubble wrap, twice.

Workspace movers will then fill the box up about 1/3 of the way with shredded paper. Make a hole in the middle of the shredded paper in the box so you can set the sculpture down in the middle of it.


Workspace movers for art exhibits can handle the proper packaging of all types of framed work, paintings, sculptures, and even large statues that need custom wooden crating. The workspace solutions coordinators at Graebel Moving® can not only package and crate your art, but also arrange secured shipping and fragile transport. Upon arrival, the workspace solutions team should also setup your art exhibit in its entirety, matching your specifications and floorplan.

To learn more about how Graebel Van Lines® can provide workspace solutions for your exhibit, check out our article on moving Exhibits.