Shipping to galleries – abroad and domestically

If you need a courier to ship a sculpture to an exhibition, to ship your finished artwork to be put on show in a gallery, or you are a gallery owner looking for the best couriers to deliver artwork to excited customers, look no further. For expert packaging advice for shipping artwork to galleries and art-lovers, plus low-cost delivery to any destination, Eurosender has the answer.


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What should I arrange before shipping to a gallery abroad?

Before booking courier delivery, gallery owners, artists or whoever is arranging the shipment should consider the following first:

Packing

Works of art are almost always one-of-a-kind, so you will no-doubt want it to arrive unscathed. Check out our expert packing instructions for shipping paintings, ceramics, glass items or sculptures, including the best packaging to use for shipping artwork to galleries or anywhere else.

Insurance

Standard shipments with Eurosender are covered by basic insurance included in the price and additional insurance is available to purchase during the booking process. When shipping expensive artwork to galleries by courier, first contact our logistics experts, who can discuss the right insurance options for your unique art piece.

Prohibited and restricted items

Art can be innovative and provocative. However, always make sure that your artists’ shipments do not contain items which are restricted or prohibited from courier delivery first.

Important information when shipping to a gallery abroad

Address: Galleries have separate entrances for guests and for receiving courier deliveries for artists’ shipments, etc. Be sure to provide the correct address, including the exact entrance to use.

Consignee: Small galleries may only have one person to receive deliveries, but larger international galleries in New York or Paris will have many different departments responsible for receiving shipments. For this reason, you should provide a point of contact to the courier, and inform the person beforehand.

Telephone number: Make sure the contact you provide to receive your delivery, make sure the contact can communicate with the courier in the local language, and provide a local telephone number. Couriers are not obliged to call before delivery, but in some cases they will to avoid a failed delivery.

Providing a correct address for successful courier delivery to gallery owners

Providing a correct address is perhaps the most essential part of preparing any shipment. Follow the example below when you ship a sculpture to an exhibition by courier, or to any other destination:

  1. Country
    Choose the country of pick-up/delivery.
    Ex.: United Kingdom
  2. Name & Surname
    Add the full name of the consignee.
    Ex.: Mackenzie Gallery, Karen Mackenzie
  3. Address
    Fill out the street name in full and the number.
    Ex.: Green Street 111
  4. Additional info – Optional
    Here you could write the name and telephone number of the alternative consignee. Keep in mind that the courier does not always take comments in this section into consideration.
  5. Zip code
    Add the zip code, please double check if it’s the right one.
    Ex.: N6 4AL
  6. Town/city
    Add the full name of the town or city.
    Ex.: London
  7. Phone number
    Add the phone number, change the area code if needed.
    Ex.: +44 20 1234 1234

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What is the best courier service for shipping artwork or anything else worldwide?

Depending on what you need to ship and its urgency, finding the right courier delivery service for artist’ shipments and shipping to gallery owners can be tricky. Eurosender, can help you to choose from a range of world-renowned logistics services, to find the best courier for artwork at the best price:

Express service

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Standard shipping

Low-cost shipping for small packages and suitcases
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Freight service

Send bigger loads or bulky items on pallets
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Van delivery

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Common issues when shipping to a gallery abroad and how to avoid them

Organising an art exhibition or a gallery opening can be stressful, so gallery owners and artists sending and receiving shipments will want to avoid issues with courier deliveries at all costs. Here are some things to avoid when shipping artwork to a gallery by courier:
Broken or damaged items
To minimise the risk of receiving broken or damaged items, they should be packed carefully. Be sure to check the parcel carefully before signing for it, and in the unlikely event that they do arrive in less-than-perfect condition, contact us within 48 hours, so that we can resolve it as soon as possible.
Special conditions for transport
Some fine works of art may require certain conditions for transport, depending on the materials with which they were made. Be sure to check if your piece requires additional services for transport, as some couriers may be more suited to your shipment than others. If you are unsure, contact our logistics experts who can advise you.

Frequently asked questions about shipping to a gallery abroad

What is the best way to ship crates of artwork to a gallery, or sculptures to an exhibition by courier within Europe?

The shortest and most direct method of courier delivery for artist shipments to gallery owners in Europe is to book a van delivery. By reserving an entire van, you not only save time as there are no stops along the way for other deliveries, but as the space is reserved for your shipment only, minimal packing and labelling is required. However, please be advised that we do always recommend to protect your shipment accordingly to minimise the risk of damage.

You can get an instant price for van delivery within Europe right now, on our booking tool.

What is the fastest way to ship a small framed artwork to a gallery abroad?

The quickest solution for sending small packages or a small painting to ship to a gallery abroad is to book it through our express service. Find out the price of express shipping to a gallery abroad, on our booking tool.

Is insurance included when booking delivery for artist’ shipments to gallery owners by courier?

When booking a standard service with Eurosender, every shipment has basic insurance included in the price. Additional insurance is available to purchase during the booking process.

However, please be aware that items of high value/ unusual value or fragile items such as delicate art pieces may not be covered by insurance, as these are considered restricted items by most couriers.

To discuss the best options for insurance, the best courier to ship artwork or anything else related to your shipment, be sure to contact our team who can answer all of your questions.