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The Framing Department

Ventex House
01665 600901

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What we do

Bespoke Picture Framing

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Glass Cutting

Cut to order...
2mm clear float
UV Protected 
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Mount Cutting

Cut to order...
Whites, Creams & Colours
Acid Free White Core 
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Frame Making

Made to order...
using mouldings from a comprehensive range of profiles and finishes. 
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About Us

Our framing is carried out to suit the requirements of your particular job. This includes a multitude of subjects such as prints, photographs, fabrics, original media (watercolour, oil, pastel etc.), 3-D items, sports shirts and memorabilia etc. There is very little that can't be framed these days. Please come and talk to us about your work, and we will explain what we can do and prepare a quote. We also hand finish mouldings (and occasionally mount boards) using paints and waxes to achieve some superb finishes.

Some clients know exactly what they’re after, whereas others haven’t any idea at all. There will be no pressure and no obligation to proceed whatsoever.

It is often possible to source specific materials for a specific job.  You could even supply your own paint which we can then apply to a moulding, and distress or wax etc.  The possibilities are extensive.
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Picture framing in Alnwick

The Framing Department is a family owned and managed picture framing business based in Ventex House, on the Willowburn Trading Estate in Alnwick. Husband and wife team Mick and Amanda Davison work together to provide a friendly, high quality, bespoke picture framing service with easy public access  and parking.

Mick has been framing since 1986. He was joined by Amanda in early 2006 when they set up and opened The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth, before concentrating solely on picture framing again in 2014 and relocating to Alnwick in May 2015.
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What we use

Framing Materials

We have a large selection of materials on display and in stock from which you can choose to frame your work. As always, advice can be given to help you decide which materials to use, but there is never only one way to frame  an item.  Ultimately we all have our own ideas, tastes and preferences, and every home is different.
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Picture framing is a huge and varied business.  There is a wide variety of mouldings on the market which come from many manufacturers and suppliers :   oak, ash and other plain woods, black, white, coloured, silver and gilt etc. finishes in a host of profiles and widths.  

We also supply bespoke extruded aluminium frames for that slick, clean finish.


We use white core acid free mount board as standard and also stock several extra thick boards and black core boards.  We can also supply other specialist boards as and when required.
mount colours
Glass & Mirror

Glass & Mirror


We currently stock 4 types of 2mm float glass :
- Standard clear.
- Standard non-reflective - MATOBEL, with one acid etched face.
- UVP99 - clear float glass which cuts out 99% of harmful ultra-violet rays.
- AVR70 - a very high quality non-reflective glass which also cuts out 70% of harmful ultra-violet rays.

The choice to make depends on the level of vision quality or UV light protection you require. We can also supply 3mm and oversize float glass (in excess of 4 feet in length) if required. Naturally, we cut our own glass, re-glaze framed works (after accidental damage for example) and supply glass for any other frames you may have.


In addition to glass we also supply cut to size 3mm and 4mm mirrors and standard sizes of bevelled edged mirrors.


12th APRIL 2021 : From today, Lockdown 3 restrictions have been lifted and our trading situation has changed. Sanitising upon entry, wearing a mask and social distancing are STILL precautions that must be followed to enter our premises.

Our opening hours are opposite =>

We now discuss your work VIA APPOINTMENT.
The appointment system was introduced as a Covid precaution, but it worked so well this is now standard procedure; pandemic or no pandemic.  It ensures you have ample time to talk about your job. Please ring or message us to book and appointment and tell us about your work.

Amanda and I would like to thank you all for your continued custom and patience, and we look forward to continually trying to improve our service in 2021. I know that there is room to do so.
Thanks again
. Stay sensible, stay safe and keep happy. Mick Davison 

NB: When you contact us regarding a framing job we will add you to our order book immediately. Your work doesn’t have to be on our premises to be in our system. So . . . if you have a time sensitive job, please contact us as soon as possible.  It will be possible to leave a voicemail on our landline from Tuesday morning until close of business on Saturday on a normal week.  We will return your call asap.

and remember . . . 

. . . we work alongside CREATIVE ART SUPPLIES if you require any art materials. Jason has an excellent range on display and in stock and he has the knowledge to back it up. Check Creative Art Supplies out on Facebook and the website :

Opening Hours :

* * From 12th APRIL 2021 * *

TUES & WED : CLOSED, but we intend
to be in and working  from 9 until 5
(You may leave a voicemail)

THURS & FRI : OPEN 9 until 5
Please make an appointment

SAT : OPEN 10 until 2 
Please make an appointment 

Bank Holidays : CLOSED

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