About Us

Canford & Co is owned and run by Lucy Shapland and Annabelle Dodd. Our aim is to make artwork look beautiful and to preserve it for future generations.

Your art is safe with us. All our board is conservation quality, which means it doesn’t contain damaging acid, and it won’t turn an unsightly brown either. We use strictly conservation framing techniques, unless a customer expressly requests otherwise. In other words, we protect and enhance art and we don’t alter its original condition.


Lucy has worked for both private galleries, including Sladmore Gallery, and publicly owned collections such as Newcastle’s Hatton Gallery. Her attention to detail and design flair were honed when she ran her own haute couture dress making business.

Annabelle edited art and framing trade magazine Art Business Today for 20 years and is author of books including Framing and Presenting Textile Art, Frame Design and The Artist’s Guide to Selling Work.

Lucy and Annabelle learnt the trade of picture framing from award-winning picture framer Lyn Hall GCF Adv.

While in our hands your art and memorabilia is fully insured by a Lloyd’s insurance broker.

We are called Canford & Co. The ‘& Co’ bit refers to our associates Ted, Betty, Algy and Peggy, who are pictured to the left. They also act as our security team, alerting us to any interesting activity on the road outside.