It’s hard to believe sometimes that it’s only been 230 years since Australia was settled. Look at the country today, with its massive infrastructure, industry and innovation, and it feels as if we’ve been here forever.
Interestingly, whilst the focus was obviously on building roads and rail, homes, businesses, schools and hospitals, there was also a rapidly growing push to bring art to the people. Of course, Australia’s indigenous population used art to tell stories and protect its history, but there were no art galleries.
Less than 100 years after the first fleet arrived, the country’s first art museum opened in Melbourne. Today the National Gallery of Victoria is Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum. It contains some of the best domestic and international art, as well as an amazing photography collection.
Those early art hanging systems in Australia must have been quite basic so it’s a wonder how they grew the display so quickly. However, it’s a smart move to look to the past when designing for the future, and it’s something Gallery Systems has done to perfect its products.
Despite its hi-tech and innovative approach to art hanging systems in Australia, Gallery Systems has actually been around for over 30 years. Quitting the corporate world in 1984, founder Bruce Green bought a retail furniture and decorating business in Sydney. It just so happened that the shop sold a lot of artwork but had little in the way of picture hanging solutions.
Bruce quickly got to work coming up with a system, so as to better sell his stock. It wasn’t long until he developed a system that looked great, was strong enough to hang heavy artwork but was also easy to install. When he moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1991, Bruce launched a new version of the Gallery System and the company hasn’t looked back since.
Home of Fine Art
What’s really interesting is the fact that these innovative art hanging systems in Australia quickly sparked interest in the UK and Europe – the home of fine art! And so the circle was complete.
In the past, professional art gallery systems weren’t available for home or office use. That’s why hardware stores started stocking those little picture hanging hooks and wire. They’re not very expensive and, in theory, they’re easy to use but are they really that effective?
The problem with old-style picture hooks is that you have to use a hammer and nails to fix them to the wall. If you’ve ever done this yourself you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say it’s frustrating! First of all, there’s all that measuring to do, to get the height and spacing right. I’ve seen people use rulers, tape measures, pieces of string and more to try and get this right.
Frustration and Sore Thumbs
Supposing you’ve picked your spot you mark it with a pencil, place the hook and nail and start hammering away. Having whacked your thumb a couple of times in the process, you then stand back to admire your handiwork and . . . it’s not straight!
So, you have two choices; you can leave it as it is and get more and more frustrated every time you look at it, or you can pull out the nail and start again. If you go the latter, you’ll be making more holes in the plasterwork. And so it goes on.
That’s where Gallery Systems comes in. The entire kit comprises a track, hangers and hooks. That’s it.
The slimline tracking sits discretely near the top of your wall and is held in place with screws. There’s a tiny amount of measuring to keep the track aligned with the ceiling line but that’s it. Then all you do is slide the hangers into the track and move them left or right to get the required spacing.
Protect Your Walls
Then you add the special adjustable hooks to the hangers. These slide up and down to adjust the height of your artwork. How easy is that?
When you install professional art hanging systems in Australia, you know they’re going to last. Whatever size artwork you wish to display, it’s quick and easy to adjust the hangers and hooks to hold it. Best of all, there are no holes in the plaster to repair!