45: The same but different…

31st Aug 2021

On 24 April last year we put out a City Art Depot Reader describing how we would run business under lockdown Level 3. Now we are there again and City Art Depot staff are back in action, doing all we can to preserve the health and safety of our staff and clients while offering our range of art care services.


The gallery will remain closed to customers but we will be available Monday to Friday, 8.30-5pm, to respond to online sales queries, complete frames and take in new work within public health guidelines.

While the exhibition programme is temporarily on hold we are still able to sell and deliver art works from our gallery and stockroom – please browse our online walls here. Because lockdown level 4 saw the premature closure of Clare Logan’s excellent series of new paintings, Lacuna, we will keep a selection of these works on display in our upstairs gallery – we are hoping there will be an opportunity for you to see these once we move down to Level 2. Coming up next, dates to be confirmed, is Demonology, an intriguing new series of works by Christchurch artist and musician Nick Harte.

Completed framing jobs will be able to be picked up on a contactless basis from our parking bay. We will contact you when the job is complete and, once payment has been made (by card over the phone or through direct bank deposit), arrange a time convenient for you to pick up your artwork. This way we can avoid congestion or any delays – with the back gates open we can even offer drive-through pick ups! If this is inconvenient we are offering a free delivery service within Christchurch.

We will be resuming our installations under Level 2, following all the required health and safety measures. For those clients with installations already booked, we will be in contact to arrange a new time. We will also be taking new bookings for our installation services.

We are also taking in new framing orders – this can be done on a contactless basis with decisions about the frame, glass and matt board made over the phone, by email or by a video call service using our webcam. We can collect artworks for framing from your home or you can drop them off in our collection area in the parking bay. As the longest running picture framing workshop under continuous ownership in the city, we have a wealth of experience to help guide your framing solution. Because we are able to manufacture our own mouldings, we are largely unaffected by current frame shortages.

We are also taking orders for gesso panels, Solander boxes and artists’ stretchers.

Our thanks go out to those who continue to support our workshop during this time and for your patience while we work through the back log of framing orders.

David, Phil, Alyse, Cameron and Gerard –

City Art Depot