New Arts & Craft Materials Framework


We are delighted to launch our latest framework for Art and Craft Materials.

As well as NEUPC members, this agreement is available to members of SUPC, LUPC, HEPCW, NWUPC and CPC.

The agreement went live on the 1st May 2020 and will run for 2 years with the option of a 2-year extension to April 2024.

Leeds Arts University has been the lead institution in shaping this framework, providing valuable input from technical specialists across artistic disciplines and support from Ellie Wilkinson, NEUPC Shared Services Procurement Manager.

The Framework is split between two Lots:

 Lot 1 – Fine Art, Graphic & Crafting Materials

This includes Paints (branded and non-branded), brushes and applicators, pastels, charcoal, ink, coloured pens and pencils, canvasses, sketchbooks, presentation/portfolio and display materials, glues, crafting materials/tools and accessories, and other associated products.


Abacus Resources


Seawhite of Brighton Ltd


Specialist Crafts Ltd


Rapid Electronics Ltd









Lot 2 – Art Papers

This includes; cartridge paper, newsprint, tissue paper, card, foam boards, crepe paper, other specialist papers, and other associated products.




Abacus Resources


Seawhite of Brighton Ltd







What are the benefits of the Arts & Craft Materials framework?

  • The advertised framework cash saving will be 7%, based on the average savings.
  • The use of framework to complete a complex procurement exercise.  Contract specifications are included in the framework specification.
  • Reduction of risk in supplier failure or non-performance.
  • Productivity/operational effectiveness such as introduction of an improved service with no additional cost
  • Provision to manage sustainable impacts via the Net Positives supplier action tool.
  • Flexible call-off options including direct award, desk-top exercise and mini-competition.
  • Direct control of contract management and reviews at consortia level, including active price management.


The Buyer’s Guide, produced by the NEUPC, provides an overview of the agreement with guidance on how institutions can access and use the framework. The document also outlines the various call-off methods. Including Direct Award, Competitive Quotation, Desktop Calculators and Mini Tenders.

Answers to all your questions regarding contracting strategies from development to award, can be found in the Buyer’s Guide.


Art and Craft Materials: MUS2001NE

Agreement Manager, Sam Wells

HE Contracts: