Athena has been bringing the best in contemporary art and photography to the UK for over a generation, most famously the iconic, ‘Tennis Girl’ poster.
From origins in publishing and mail order, Athena developed into a retail chain, adding perhaps the most comprehensive range of ready made picture frames available to-day to go with the posters and prints. To this was added photo frames, greetings cards and a complementary ranges of gifts.
The arrival of the digital age and the popularity of canvasses has inspired artists and design houses to new levels of creativity and quality. Athena has a great selection of these new images.
Vivarti is the web face of Athena giving you access to the best in contemporary imagery.
Our product ranges
Ready Made Frames
The size given on our ready made picture frames relates to the size of the piece of glass in the frame in order that you know the size of image that can be framed. The external measurements of ready made picture frames will therefore be slightly larger. Our frames come supplied with picture glass but styrene is available as a substitute if required to prevent potential breakage.
A mount adds depth to a picture. When we mount a print we usually mount up close to the actual image covering the plain border and any writing on the border. Sometimes when the image goes right to the edge of the print we recommend moving up a picture size. This is down automatically in the framing wizard.
Canvasses has become accepted as a term meaning a printed material stretched over wooden bars. In other words the material used may not be canvas but a canvas substitute.
Art Blocks have the glicee prints bonded and laminated onto wood with the image running over the edge to create a gallery wrap finish. The lamination process makes the finished product durable, hardwearing and moisture resistant.
Our greetings cards are supplied blank inside, unless otherwise specified, to allow you to write you own greeting.