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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.
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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.


Hey . . . first of all best wishes to everyone for 2021. We've had a nice break and hope that you have too.  Unfortunately, and frustratingly, we're now in Covid Tier-4 and what I call Lockdown-3, so please do not visit us unannounced as you will not be allowed access.

We usually discuss your framing requirements BY APPOINTMENT, but due to Tier-4 restrictions we cannot do so in person although we are contactable by all the other usual methods . . . please see below for those details. We will however be carrying on with work we have in our order book and we will be arranging Covid safe, contact free collections from our external hall and online or telephone payments. We currently have a lot of completed work ready for collection. Some of you have been contacted and some of you haven't, so please feel to call, email or message us for an update.

 We encourage our clients to enquire about the progress of orders and arrange collections.

When you do contact us regarding a framing job we will add you to our order book. 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.  When we are on the premises it will always be possible for you to leave a voice-mail if we are unable to answer the phone, and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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 :

Our intended JANUARY and FEBRUARY core hours on the premises are as follows :

Sunday : CLOSED
Monday : CLOSED

Tues to Fri : 10am until 4pm : CLOSED, but in and working (you may leave a voicemail) 

Saturday : 10am until 2pm : CLOSED, but in and working (you may leave a voicemail)

Bank Holidays : CLOSED

NB : **
 Although we are essentially closed, we are on site and working. We have work ahead of us to keep us going at the moment.

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