Welcome to our FAQs !

Here you can find answers for the most frequently asked questions from our clients. These answers will take you through every step of your order.

For additional help see the page explaining how to order online or contact our Customer Service at 0300 303 4224. You can also use the ‘Contact us’ form.

Students may register for a VAP card in our London Shoreditch store by presenting a valid Student Card or Student ID. The VAP card entitles you to:

  • 15% off throughout the year
  • birthday offers should you register a day and month of birth with us. 

Offer is not valid on gift vouchers, books, magazines, or the I LOVE ART range. Nor is it valid on products which are already discounted from RRP or from their catalogue price.

Internet FAQs

Can I order as Guest?

We understand that sometimes you want to quickly order without creating any Account. Unfortunataley this way you will have no benefit from having an Account like :

  • Multiple delivery addresses
  • Status of your order
  • Parcel tracking
  • Order history
  • Marketing preferences
  • Wishlist
  • Exclusive offers and discounts
  • And much more!

This is why we encourage you to create an account to benefit from the best possible experience.

I have forgotten my password/my password is not being recognised

Please make sure that the caps lock button or the Function key is not on if you haven't put any capital letters in your password.

If your password is automatically entered in the field, please delete it and type it in again.

If you have forgotten your password, then click on Forgotten Password and enter your email address that you registered with. This will send a secure link to your Inbox where you can see your login and then change your password.

I have requested a new password but I have not received the email to change it.

If you have not received this email within 10 minutes of requesting it, please make sure that you entered your email address correctly. Also check that it has not been sent to your Junk E-mail box as some email providers have very sensitive spam filters. If an email is still not received please email [email protected] for assistance.

How to I change my account details?

If you have changed address, phone number or email address, just login to your account, then click on Account > Billing and Delivery address. Change the information and then click Save at the bottom of the page.

How do I find a product I have seen in the catalogue?

Add them to your basket: If you already know what products you would like to order (with the 5 digit GreatArt product number), then click on Your basket > View basket and enter the product codes and quantities. This will automatically add the products to Your Basket. If it doesn't do this, please make sure you have allowed 'Pop-Ups' in your browser.

Find out more: If you want to find out more details about an item that you have seen in the catalogue then you can just type in the 5 or 8 digit catalogue number in the search box.

Note: if you are ordering from a sale or promotional brochure, please remove the number prefix before entering. i.e. 5-16300 would be entered as 16300.

Items are not being added to my Basket.

Please make sure that you have allowed pop-ups from our site as when you click on add to basket, a pop-up window will appear confirming what you have added.

How do I delete product in my basket?

Go to Your Basket, where a summary of your order is displayed. You can delete any items from Your Basket by clicking the far right hand side Bin Icon or the word "Remove" next to it. This item will then be removed from Your basket products.

At this stage, it is still possible to change the quantity of a product.

The product I want to order is not displayed or out of stock. When will it be available?

If the product has a red square next to it, this means that it is out of stock. To find out an expected delivery date for more stock, please Contact Us and a member of our Customer Services team will advise you of an approximate delivery date. 

You can also set up an alert by clicking on ‘Set a Stock Alert’. This will send you an email when the product is available to order again.

Payment FAQs

What credit/debit cards do you accept?   

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Mastercard Debit, Delta, Solo and PayPal. 


My Credit / Debit card has been declined what should I do?

After entering your card details, if you receive notification that your card has declined, please check that you have entered all the details correctly including the registered card address. If everything was correct, then you must contact the bank that issued your card for an explanation. We are unable to tell you why your card has declined.

Is your website secure?

Yes, once you have clicked on the payment button, you enter a Secure Server run by a trusted 3rd party company called "Secure Trading". We have an up-to-date security SSL certificate on our payment site which can be seen by clicking on the padlock on the browser. You will also see a padlock on the status bar at the bottom of the browser and an 's' after the http on the URL address bar for that extra peace of mind.

We use 3D Secure which has joined forces between MasterCard SecureCodeTM and Verified by VisaTM, helping to guard against unauthorised online payments. 3D Secure works by using a password that you would have created as your unique online ID. You will use this 3D secure password to validate online transactions.

I am not comfortable with ordering online, can I order over the phone?

Yes, you can call our Order Line on 0300 303 4224, send us an order by fax on 0300 303 4179, email your order to [email protected], or send us an order by post to the following address: GreatArt, 41-49 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AG.

How much do you charge for VAT?

VAT is calculated at 20% as of 1st January 2010.

Where do I enter a promotional code?

Once the products have been added to your basket you can insert any promotional code you may have and click ‘COntinue to the next step’. The reduction will then be visible in your basket.

Delivery FAQs


How much do you charge for delivery?

Subject to condition 3.2, we will charge the following for standard delivery within the United Kingdom (all prices inclusive of VAT):

  • free for orders of £75.00 or more;
  • £4.95 for orders between £25.00 and £74.99; 
  • £6.95 for orders of £24.99 or less.
  • FREE for all Click & Collect orders

Brushes and 'small items' are indicated with a symbol on their individual product page.

If your order contains only products that are marked with this symbol your order will be assessed accordingly:

  • FREE for brush and small item only orders of £34.95 or more
  • £2.95 for brush and small item only orders of £34.94 or less

An additional delivery charge of £5 will be applied for Scottish Highlands, Northern Ireland (BT), UK Offshore islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Man (IM), Perth (PH), Inverness (IV), Krikwall (KW), Paisley (PA), Lerwick (ZE), Kilmarnock (KA), Outer Hebrides (HS), Isle of Wight (PO), Guernsey (GY) and Jersey (JE)). This is due to different policies operated by our carrier to deliver these areas. In respect of such orders the total delivery costs will be notified to you prior to the dispatch and/or payment. During promotions such as "Free delivery weekend", the areas above will still be required to pay the additional charge of £5, unless otherwise stated.

Where is my delivery coming from?

GreatArt is part of the Gerstaecker family who has been supplying art materials for over 50 years.

The Gerstaecker head office is based in Eitorf, Germany, a small town to the East of Bonn. This is also the location of the company's 215,000 square foot distribution centre and state-of-the-art warehouse. Here almost 60,000 different products are stocked ready for dispatch to artists all over Europe.

All orders are shipped by courier direct from our German warehouse to your address in the UK

How long does delivery take?

Your parcel will be delivered within approximately 7 to 10 working days.

If you do not receive your parcel after 10 working days please contact our customer services who will be happy to track the progress of your order.

Please be aware, our delivery times might vary slightly during holidays and bank holidays.

Do you deliver to PO box or BFPO addresses?

Unfortunately, we are unable to delivery to PO box or BFPO addresses.

Do you deliver overseas?

We only deliver to the United Kingdom. Unfortunately we are no longer able to deliver to the Republic of Ireland. If you wish to place an order outside this region, please contact Gerstaecker, our head office in Germany, where the following conditions will apply :

  • the minimum order value for deliveries is 150€
  • the cost of delivery will be calculated by Gerstaecker dependent on each individual order and the country of delivery

You can use www.greatart.co.uk to look for the products and use the same products code.

You can email your order to [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.

How do I track my parcel?

If you have registered your email address with us, you will receive an email after a couple of days notifying you that your parcel has been despatched. You can then begin to track your parcel online.

What do I do if my parcel is going to be delivered and I am not available to sign for it?

You are always welcome to have your parcels delivered to a convenient address anywhere in the UK. If you are not able to have it delivered to your place of work due to rules and regulations made by your employers, perhaps there is a family member, neighbour or friend that might be able to sign for the parcel in your absence.

If this is not an option, then the only other alternative is to leave a signed note requesting the courier to please leave parcel in a designated safe place, i.e shed, garage, porch etc, The courier would then take the signed note as proof of delivery. (Please note we cannot be held responsible if parcels go missing, so only use this option if it is safe to do so).

There is something missing from my parcel.

Check your parcel thoroughly because small items can sometimes be missed. Products can also be placed in alternative packaging to ensure their protection during transit.

If you still don’t find the missing product/s, contact our customer service team on 0300 303 4224 or complete the ‘Contact us form’.

I haven't received my parcel

If within 10 working days goods have not been delivered, contact us immediately on 0300 303 4224 and we will track your parcel.

Please be aware, our delivery times might vary slightly during holidays and bank holidays.

Do you have a shop in the UK?

Great Art Store

41-49 Kingsland Road


E2 8AG

E-mail : [email protected]

Phone : 020 3409 3131

Opening hours : Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 19:00 / Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Other FAQs

How do I return an item?

You may return any unused, unwanted and undamaged products, if notified to us by phone, fax or email within 60 days of receipt of the goods - and be refunded. Goods are returned at the cost of the buyer unless agreed with customer services prior to sending.

When you receive an order, please carefully examine all products upon delivery and report any damages with the courier. Where the products cannot be examined immediately please sign for the order as ‘unchecked’.

Please report any damages or defects reasonably discoverable on first examination within 3 days. Wherever possibly, please send photographs by email of damaged items. Provided we receive these notices, we will replace the missing or damaged products without further charge.

If we do not receive such notices within the stated time frame, we will be discharged from all liability (whether arising in negligence or otherwise).

We will be under no liability in respect of any defect arising from fair wear and tear, or any wilful damage, negligence, subjection to abnormal conditions, failure to follow GreatArt’s or manufacturer's instructions (whether oral or in writing), misuse or alteration of the products without our approval, or any other act or omission on your part, your employees, agents or any third party.

Only return products when you have prior clearance from our Customer Service team at Alton. Please call the office on 0300 303 4224 for instructions.

How much does my phone call cost?

0300 303 4224 is charged at the same rate as a standard 01 or 02 UK landline, and included in any applicable landline or mobile inclusive minutes package. 0300 303 4179 is a fax number and will be charged at BT or other network rates you currently pay.

Price match guarantee

We will match the price of a product should you should find it cheaper elsewhere under the following terms:

  1. You raise the claim within 7 days of placing your order with us.
  2. The item being advertised by the competitor is:
    • Identical to the item provided by us.
    • In stock and available immediately for delivery to the same delivery address provided to us by you.
    • Brand new and not damaged.
    • Not offered through any sort of auction (including eBay and the like), non-UK based competitors nor websites not operating secure (SSL) payment systems.
    • Not a clearance item or part of a discounted line or sale; and
  3. The competitor's price:
    • Includes all delivery and other charges.
    • Is verifiable by us.

If you meet these terms we will reduce the price for your order, or refund the difference between the price paid for the item by you and the competitor's price. Our price match guarantee cannot be applied to the advertised prices on the Website or in other information we issue.

We may require you to provide written proof that your claim complies with these conditions and we reserve the right to refuse to match the price of any item at any time for any reason.

Why have I been asked to supply an image of my I.D?

UK law requires proof of age when purchasing restricted items including solvents, spray paints and blades or cutting tools. To adhere to these laws, when purchasing these items online you will be asked to provide proof of age by means of a photo image of your identification documents (drivers licence, passport, etc.) sent by email to our customer services team.

This is required when purchasing:

Solvents (may only be sold to those of 18 years of older)

Spray cans (may only be sold to those of 16 years or older)

Cutting tools or blades (may only be sold to those of 18 years or older)

if a product requires I.D. verification upon purchase it will be indicated on the product page.

Please note, that if you have paid by a credit card in your name then we will not require additional identification. Paypal and debit card payments will need to provide alternative identification.

Once you are confirmed of legal age, we will retain this information in accordance with GDPR guidelines to allow us to verify future purchases of age restricted items. You may find our full Privacy Policy here.

What will I find in the GreatArt Online magazine ?

We like to share our passion for art, to present you with new techniques and allow the artists we interview to share theirs tips and tricks on their preferred techniques.

Our magazine is full of interesting articles and features to inspire and keep you up to date with the latest information from the world of art, including products, events and art clubs to help you make informed decisions.

You will also find a link to The Great Art Materials Blog which tests and trials GreatArt products, and posts advice and tips on how to get the best out of them.

Gerstaecker and I Love Art products.

These products have the best quality/price ratio.

We don’t intend to replace traditional brands that will always be at the heart of our work. Gerstaecker products offer artists an alternative. Since the manufacturing process is shorter we can afford to adjust the prices because we designed these products from the beginning to the end. The best proof of their quality is their great success among artists!