THE BLOG

13
Jun

Ai Weiwei @ Downing College

This week we have had a team  at Downing College, Cambridge installing Ai Weiwei’s Trees at the Heong Gallery. The major installation, outside of the gallery’s entrance, is part of the major exhibition ‘Trees and Cubes’, which runs from Jun, 17 – Oct, 9. You can watch a live stream of us installing the works in the run up to Tuesday’s opening at the Downing College website here

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10
Jun

Mtec & the Tate

This month sees the grand opening of ‘The Switch House’, the 20,700 sq m (222,813 sq ft) extension to the Tate Modern. We thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on our history working with the Tate on a variety of projects and locations, so here are our favourite moments from over the years:

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07
Jun

New Viewing Room facility

We are pleased to announce that phase 1 of our new Gallery Viewing Spaces is now complete at our Enfield facility. Based 30-40 minutes from Central London we have created a fully climate-controlled, lockable viewing space, suitable for the installation and photography of 2D and 3D artworks.  Set within 20,000sq.ft of storage space, and with a large external access shutter (approx. 4 x 4m), we are able to store and install large-scale pieces all at the same location.

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01
Jun

Mtec Recommends… June 2016

The summer has begun and here are our exhibition recommendations: some staples of the art calendar and some new and exciting additions.

May, 28 – Sep, 4 2016 Lincoln Castle – Poppies:Wave

Lincoln Castle becomes the second venue to host this monumental work by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. With it’s rich history and strong ties with World War One, Lincoln proves to be an inspirational setting for this breathtaking and emotive work.


 

Jun, 10 – Oct, 9 2016 Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses – Various Artists

This year the Serpentine Pavilion is joined by a series of Summer Houses which all take inspiration from the park’s rich history. You can read more about the individual Summer Houses and this year’s pavilion (designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)) here.

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29
May

Silver FORS Accreditation

Last year we announced that our fleet had been awards Bronze FORS accreditation and we’re proud to announce that another year on, following an additional audit, we have been upgraded to Silver accredited status. You can read more about the process of accreditation here.

Our commitment to our fleet, whether it be our green credentials, sending our drivers on and technicians on Safer Urban Driving Courses, or the additional safety measures we retro fit to our vehicles, is one of our main priorities and we are constantly looking for ways we can expand, improve and develop from an environmental, health & safety and of course fine-art logistics perspective.

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27
May

Mtec Jobs – Head of Packing

We have an exciting opportunity for a forward thinking, experienced individual to head up our packing department. You will have proven experience in all aspects of art packing and handling with an in-depth knowledge of all types of fine art handling and packing processes. We are looking for someone who will be able to develop the department and establish it as one of the industry leaders.

The job is based in the town of Ware which is 24miles from central London in the Hertfordshire country side.

Please contact: paulembleton@mtecfreightgroup.com

26
May

Royal Academy Summer Show 2016

Installation for this years Royal Academy Summer Show is now well underway and we’ve been busy installing Ron Arad‘s monumental work ‘Spyre’ in the Academy’s Courtyard. The constantly moving sculpture has a built-in camera which is constantly recording the sculptures surroundings, watching those observing the piece and the surrounding space. You can view a video of the piece, shot by Arad’s studio here.

This week we uploaded a video of us installing the piece on our Instagram account and Arad spoke from his studio about the piece for the RA, which you can read here.

If you see us installing don’t forget to tag us (@mtec0) or use the hashtag #installedbymtec.

 

 

 

24
May

First look inside the Tate extension…

Next month marks the opening of the new Tate Modern extension and in our newsletter we’ll be looking back at our work with the gallery since it opened in 2000. The Guardian had an exclusive ‘first look’ around the Switch House and have released some amazing images which give us a peep ahead of the doors opening on the 17th. You can see the images and read Oliver Wainwright’s account of the space here.

 

17
May

Serpentine Pavilion 2016

Construction began the week on this year’s Serpentine Pavilion. This summer the programme has expanded to include four summer houses in Kensington Gardens in addition to the Pavillion, which has been designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The summer houses have been Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan and take their inspiration from previous pavilions through the park’s history from as far as the 18th Century.

The Pavilions & additional Summer Houses will open to the public on Jun, 10.

For more information visit the Serpentine website.

16
May

Turner Prize 2016: Shortlist Announced

Last week saw the announcement of this year’s Turner Price shortlist. This year’s nominees include Michael Dean, the only male artist, Anthea Hamilton, whose piece, ‘Project for Door (After Gaetano Pesce’, appears to have been selected as this year’s poster child for the prize (thanks to the rather large buttocks which take centre stage), and London based Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.

The Prize sees a return, after recent years which contained a heavy element of conceptual and filmic works, to more ‘traditional’ mediums, with a strong, sculptural contingent.

You can read more about the individual nominees here.