Art transportation is a specialised logistics service for art galleries, auction houses, online marketplaces, designers, and private art collectors.
It covers the shipment of single pieces to entire exhibitions, including furniture transport and the transportation of collectibles.
Whether you are expanding a collection or moving an exhibition, an art transportation company will ensure all artworks are handled with care and attention.
There are three main ways to transport fine art: by sea, road, or air.
Sea freight involves transporting art and valuable objects by ship. This is a slower mode of transport, but can be cheaper and have less impact on the environment than road or sea freight. Especially if it replaces a short haul flight.
Road freight transports art through the use of vans and shuttles. This can be an efficient and affordable option for sending artworks within the UK, or even across Europe. But it might not be the most sustainable choice for longer journeys.
Air freight is the preferred mode of transport for long distances, or for when a shipment needs to arrive quickly. However, air freight is usually more expensive and has a bigger impact on the planet.
Ultimately, the right type of transport for a shipment will depend on a range of factors, including the budget and final destination.
The process of art transportation always starts in the same way — with an expert packing and handling plan.
This is developed by technicians who assess the condition and value of each piece of art. Items are then wrapped in soft packaging and, in some cases, placed in a wood crate. An example of this is when shipping a painting from London to New York.
When it comes to delivery, there are several options to consider with fine art transportation.
The standard offering is curbside delivery. This is exactly as it sounds with artworks delivered and unloaded outside of the address.
For added security, many logistics companies also offer white glove (delivery to a room of your choice) and installation. These are premium services that are used for transporting large or highly valuable pieces.
London is home to renowned museums, galleries, and auction houses. As well as being a hub for art transportation companies.
Convelio’s UK office is conveniently located in Central London. We transport artwork to more than 100 destinations around the world and clients include Christies, Sotheby’s, and Unit London.
We also work with SQUAKE, a compensation-based solution for the travel and transport industry to help clients offset carbon emissions.