THE BLOG

02
Feb

Developments in our Shipping Department

As the first of many exciting changes planned for the coming months, our Shipping Department has expanded to include two new team members.

This is the first time in Mtec’s 30 year history that we have had a department whose sole purpose is to focus on Shipping; giving Mtec an opportunity to further improve our standards and offer clients greater flexibility and cost effectiveness.

Firstly, Mtec warmly welcomes Edward Naish, as Associate Director in our Shipping Department. Edward gained experience as an Account Manager for a leading London fine art shipper and, for the past 4 years, has been Senior Registrar for a commercial gallery with spaces in Mayfair, Berlin and New York.

Mtec is also joined by Christian Aspen, who coming from MTAB in Norway, is no stranger to the recent cold. Christian established air and road cargo at the MTAB Oslo branch for 8 years, prior to which he was at DHL.

The new team look forward to working with our loyal, existing clients and building on those trusted relationships by reducing response times and offering competitively priced rates for air, sea and road shipments. Within their first 4 weeks the team have serviced client art fair shipments to NY, HK, Mexico and Geneva. One of the ways we are looking to begin implementing these changes immediately is by the introduction of regular Consolidated Shipment mailouts.

We hope to build a Shipping specific database, whose subscribers will be emailed with details of incoming and outgoing shipments which are open to part-load with details of dates, destinations and any other relevant information.

If you would like to be added to the next Shipping specific database then click here

If you have any other queries or questions regarding shipping then please just email either Edward (edward@mtecfreightgroup.com) or Christian (christian@mtecfreightgroup.com).

30
Jan

#12days a review of 2015

Over Christmas we ran our #12daysofinstallation and campaigns on our Facebook and Instagram profiles. Gathering together images of our most used (and loved) bits of kit and deciding which installations to include was a great way for us to look back on our most successful year to date. Our social media platforms have grown into a great way to share the work that we do, and also engage with those whom we have been working (remember to tag us or use one of our hashtags if you post something featuring our work).

If you are due to work with us on a project in 2016 don’t hesitate to ask our team about our profiles in order for us to mutually share news, media and updates about our collaborative projects.

 

22
Dec

Merry Christmas from Mtec

As 2016 comes to a close it feels like an apt time to express our thanks and goodwill to all of those we have worked with over the past year. Mtec has continued to grow and evolve (more details of which will feature in our January newsletter) and that will always be, in part, due to the challenges and projects contracted to us by our clients, both new and long-standing. We look forward to working with you all again during a successful 2016 and continuing to develop our skills and services in order to remain at the top of our field.
Below you will find details of our closure dates and contact details and make sure you keep an eye on our #12daysofinstallation and #12daysoftoolsofthetrade campaigns 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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22
Dec

#12daysofinstallation #12daysoftoolsofthetrade

If you’re on Instagram make sure you are following us (@mtec0) over the Christmas period. From Dec, 25 to Jan, 5 we will be running two campaigns for the #12daysofchristmas one showing you our favourite bits of art handling and installation kit and the other highlighting some of our favourite projects from 2015.

If you have images of work we have carried out for you or have spotted us mid-installation then be sure to tag us or use either #12daysofinstallation or #12daysoftoolsofthetrade

30
Nov

Returns from Venice Biennale begin

Venice Biennale, “All the World’s Futures” closed on Nov, 22 meaning our partners in Venice, MA-CO have been extremely hard at work.

As well as works returning to other European destinations, we have 10 consolidated trailers making their way back to the UK in the next two weeks and we’ve purchased 2 new step-frame trailers to deal with the job. Each of these trailers has an interior height of 3.1m making it easier for us to load oversize works and cases.

These new additions mean that our fleet has now grown to include 23 trailers in total, all of which have air-ride. We are always looking for ways to diversify the range of transport options we can offer in solution to our clients bespoke needs and therefore also have climate-controlled options in two of our trailers as well as 100 cubic metres of space in our Mega Euroliner.

Teams at all three of our sites will be busy overseeing these inward shipments both from a logistical and administrative perspective including storage, onward shipment and any additional casing requirements which will be carried out at our onsite workshop.

30
Nov

Subodh Gupta – “When Soak Becomes Spill”

In October we had the pleasure of working with the artist Subodh Gupta and the Victoria & Albert Museum on both the fabrication and installation of “When Soak Becomes Spill”. The 6m high sculpture will remain on Exhibition Rd, SW7 until 31 January 2016 as part of the V&A’s India Festival.

On receipt of the pre-fabricated bucket, Mtec worked closely with the artist to create sections of welded utensils, which had been shipped from India. These sections were then welded together by our team ready for installation on-site. Working directly with artists from the conception of an idea, through to fabrication, shipping and installation is an exciting process and something we always relish the chance to do. This process has been captured in the above film (commissioned by the V&A) which shows our team at work both at our storage facility in Ware and during installation on Exhibition Rd.

As always we’d love to see your images with “When Soak Becomes Spill”  so be sure to tag us (@mtec0) or use the hashtag #mtec0

When Soak Becomes Spill by Subodh Gupta, (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

29
Oct

Articheck Event – Making in the Age of Art Commerce

Mtec Project Manager, Paul Embleton, will be speaking from 6pm on Nov, 4 at White Cube, Bermondsey as part of an event organised by Articheck.

The evening includes an exhibition tour followed by a conversation about the relationship between Contemporary Art and its materialistic challenges. Paul will be presenting and answering questions about the use of unconventional materials and equipment for artwork installation, shipping and packing.

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29
Oct

YSP in Venice – Ursula Von Rydingsvard

Our relationship with Yorkshire Sculpture Park has now been ongoing for 25 years, with this years projects including the installation of ‘Poppies:Wave’, ‘Caro in Yorkshire’ and ‘Henry Moore: Back to a Land’ .

Working together with our sister company MA-CO, Mtec coordinated, shipped and installed Ursula Von Rydingsvard’s installation in the Giardino della Marinaressa at this year’s Venice Biennale. The installation has been documented in a film, Continue Reading…

29
Oct

Art Fair Overview – Frieze & FIAC 2015

October, as always, has been one of our busiest months so far this year. With numerous responsibilities at both Frieze and FIAC, we have been busy transporting and installing works, firstly at Frieze Sculpture Park, and then in the Jardin des Tuileries the week following.

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27
Sep

‘The Catch’ – A sculpture for Rugby World Cup 2015

‘The Catch’ is the latest in an ongoing series of collaborative projects between Land Rover’s Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern, and the acclaimed Italian artist, Nino Mustica. Working with Gaucho Productions, two identical sculptures have been installed by Mtec in two of the UK’s most iconic rugby venues (Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium) and will remain for the duration of the Rugby World Cup 2015. . Inspired by the sports’ line-out, the sculpture measures over 8 metres tall and is the second piece to be made by the unique partnership to explore the relationship between abstract art and automotive design.

We initially worked with Land Rover, Nino Mustica and Gaucho Productions on installing the first sculpture in the series, ‘Unstoppable Spirit’, on London’s South Bank for Frieze 2014. The installation of the two 7m high sculptures in such a prominent and public space created its own unique obstacles and the week-long project took meticulous planning. Lifting equipment had strict parameters due to the public nature of the thoroughfare and transport had timed windows in which to arrive and leave around commuter traffic in the area; both issues Mtec have experience in dealing with and working around on major inner-city installations.

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