THE BLOG

18
Sep

Mtec Installations | The Ash Project

September saw the unveiling of some stunning public sculpture in the Kent Downs as part of the Ash Project. The ash tree is the most common tree in the Kent Downs and the third most common tree throughout the UK, so in 2012 when ash dieback was first discovered, the loss to the KAOB was devastating. The Ash Project was borne in response to the impact of losing such a stalwart of the natural habitat, with the hope of raising awareness and protecting the legacy of these majestic and historic trees.

Mtec were tasked with the logistics and installation of a major new public artwork by Ackroyd & Harvey, commissioned by The Ash Project, to stand at White Horse Wood Country Park in the heart of the Kent Downs, Detling. The magnificent piece, which will remain until Sept 2020, acts as a poignant signpost to the multitude of talks, walks and events taking place as part of the wider project involving a range of partners throughout the county.

To find out more about the project please visit the Ash Project website.

11
Jul

Mtec Installation | Antony Gormley @ St Paul De Vence

This #summerofsculpture has truly been an international one for Mtec and we are proud to have been involved in the first International Biennial of St Paul de Vence. The village, steeped in a history which has drawn artists to its walls, hosts 13 established artists and 4 emerging artists as part of free programme of events including a Fringe festival embracing the link between art and the iconic setting.

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12
Jun

Mtec Artfairs | Art Festival Watou

This year, for the first time, Mtec Belgium have been appointed as preferred art transporter for Art Festival Watou. We have been entrusted with the movement of works not only in Belgium but from Norway, Poland, France  and Germany and onto a safe arrival at the festival exhibition sites.

The festival, in Northern Belgium, has been growing progressively over the years and now encompasses  events which run alongside the main exhibition. This year the festival is titled ‘on longing and consolation’ and runs from Jun, 30 to Sep, 2.

For further information visit the Kunst Festival Watou website and to contact our Belgian office for transport or storage enquiries please email belgium@mtecfreightgroup.com

 

26
May

Mtec Services | Custom Vehicles

We are pleased to be adding another two custom vehicles to our fleet in the coming weeks. Both vehicles are currently undergoing additional works in order to bring them in-line with our exacting standards and fulfil the bespoke requirements needed for fine-art shipments and installations, both nationally and internationally.

The first of our two new acquisitions will be utilised both in the UK and Europe. Due to its compact size when compared to our other vehicles, the van will be used to reduce client costs and increase the accessibility for inner city jobs or those in more complex locations. Continue Reading…

25
Apr

Mtec Installations | ‘Poppies:Wave’ @ Fort Nelson

Our ongoing relationship with 14-18 NOW has led us to yet another poignant and successful installation of ‘Poppies: Wave’, this time at Fort Nelson in Hampshire. Four years on from their original installation at the Tower of London, the ‘Wave’ element of the multi-faceted piece, conceived to commemorate the centenary of World War One, is in its final year of touring the UK. Having previously been exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Shoeburyness, it will remain in its current position for the next three months. The original installation saw 888,246 poppies displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost between 1914 and 1918. Continue Reading…

10
Apr

Mtec Installations | Barry Flanagan @ New Art Centre

As part of our #25yearsofmtec celebrations, where we are looking back over some of our favourite projects, we are looking at the relocation and installation of one of Barry Flanagan’s momentus hare sculptures. Barry Flanagan has been a very important part of Mtec’s history and one of the artists whom we have worked with most consistently throughout our 25 years. We continue to work extremely closely with his estate and the installation of ‘Acrobats’ is testament to this.

Back in December 2017 we were asked to project manage the relocation of the piece at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury. Despite the repositioning of the work being within the same site, full provisions had to be made to move the delicate piece, the largest version made by the artist at 10m tall, to avoid any damage. The risk of flex and thus damage to the sculpture is further increased by the need to move the sculpture in its horizontal position. Due to this, and the size of the work, a bespoke travel frame was fabricated to maintain rigidity in the sculpture across its length specifically.

Having worked on the original installation of the work 15 years ago it was an honour be trusted with relocating the work and we look forward to being tasked with any further projects involving ‘Acrobats’, Barry Flanagan’s work and the New Art Centre in the future.

Further stunning images of the work in situ can be found both on the New Art Centre (@new_art_centre) and Barry Flanagan’s estate (@barryflanaganestate) on Instagram.

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03
Apr

Mtec Services | Artfairs 2018

Our Art Fair team have just returned from another successful Art Basel Hong Kong, where we have been overseeing the shipment and installation of works for a number of galleries. As per the other major fairs we attend, the Mtec team were on site to provide shipping estimates to aid client sales, to assist with dispersal at the end of the fair and look after the de-install and return shipment of works to the UK. During the fair we had the pleasure of being able to visit some of the stunning booths as well as pop-up events around the city, including watching legendary Chinese performance artist the Frog King (Kwok Mango-Ho) write exhibition-goers names in Chinese at the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery booth.

We are looking forward to continuing our work at art fairs throughout 2018 and will be attending the following over the Spring/Summer:Continue Reading…

19
Mar

Mtec News | Behind the Art with Art Tech Space

With our new Gallery Services facility up and running, we have grasped the opportunity presented by art handling and technical resource, Art Tech Space,  to host one of their events. On Wednesday 21st March at 6:30pm we’ll be opening the doors to our Enfield warehouse to host ‘Behind the Art with Mtec’. ‘Behind the Art’ gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the workings of an art warehouse and the opportunity to learn about the work Mtec carry out directly from our Director of Gallery Services, Paul Embleton.

Entry to the event is by ticket only and includes time for informal chat and questions. All in attendance will be required to sign a non-disclosure upon entry into the warehouse.

You can get your ticket here.

11
Mar

Mtec Installations | Sir Anthony Caro @ Church of Saint Jean-Baptiste, Bourbourg

As we progress through our 25th Anniversary year, we will be looking back at some of the most groundbreaking, poignant and technically challenging installations of our history.

10 years on Sir Anthony Caro’s installation, Chapel of Light, at the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Bourbourg remains just as poignant and dramatic. Situated in the previously concealed choir of the church, Caro’s series of stunning sculptures were conceived as a memorial in honour of the friendship and support experienced between Britain and France during WW2.

Firstly, struck by an artillery shell and secondly, hit by the flaming tail of a crashing German bomber, the bell tower collapsed in an inferno Continue Reading…

16
Jan

Mtec News | Happy New Year!

We’re half way through January and 2018 is already flying by. Here at Mtec HQ we are looking forward to the year ahead and the innovative developments we already have in the pipeline, specifically with our Artfair and Gallery Services teams. We are also excited to announce that we will be opening an additional warehouse complex 11 miles from the centre of Cambridge taking our total warehouse capacity to 160,000 sq ft in the UK with an additional 15,000 sq ft internationally.

Our growing team of specialised artfair technicians and registrars will be attending 7 art fairs and servicing a further 11 in 2018. We will be working at the fairs as well as various satellite projects and exhibitions, this also includes the utilisation of our bespoke viewing facilities. We are able to work alongside our clients in the planning, preparation, transport and installation of works, assisting with FCL and LCL sea and air freights and Customs formalities. If you have an enquiry regarding your art fair requirements for this year please get in touch.

During 2017 we have also expanded our dedicated Gallery Services team, drawing on over 25 years of experience working with major galleries and museums around the globe. We have created a standalone department and facility which will provide our clients with exciting and unique possibilities throughout the coming year. Our London warehouse, where the team are based, is proud to house the largest dedicated fine-art viewing rooms in the UK and we are looking forward to working on some groundbreaking installations and exhibitions this year.

We pride ourselves on working with our clients and colleagues on some of the most challenging and complex jobs in the industry, if you have an installation, shipment or project which you would like to ask us about please drop us an email (info@mtecfreightgroup.com) or call our Ware offices (+44 [0] 1920 461 800) and one of our project managers will contact you as soon as possible.

Throughout the month we will be going into further detail about plans in these departments on our news page so make sure you are following us on social media or check in on our blog.

We hope that 2018 is set to be as successful, exciting and rewarding as 2017 and look forward to working with you over the coming months.

Here’s to a productive 2018 for all!