THE BLOG

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.

This year the highlight of Mtec’s involvement at Frieze has been in the Sculpture Park, which has been curated by Clare Lilley from Yorkshire Sculpture Park.Continue Reading…

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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29
Aug

MA-CO Italia announced as official transport and logistics partner of Florence Biennale

We are extremely proud to announce that our sister company, MA-CO ITALIA,  has been selected as official partner of the 2015 Florence Biennale:‘X Florence Biennale: art and the polis’.

The Biennale will take place in the heart of Florence, at the Fortezza da Basso, from October 17th to 25th, 2015.

MA-CO Italia will be in supporting artists from across the world with our expertise in art handlingcustoms clearanceexport formalities and fine art transport together with storage during the Biennale and packing services where requiredas well as our more traditional role of installation. We will be installing a range of works from small photographs to large sculptures in a range of spaces both inside and out the venue.

MA-CO was founded in 2013 as a direct result of demand for Mtec’s services within Venice. We have always had a strong reputation in the city as an art handler due to our extensive knowledge when it comes to art installation and logistics within Venice generally. Following the closure of our suppliers, there became a real need for our company to have a base in Italy to negotiate the very unique transport issues faced when moving and installing art into Venice; thus MA-CO Italia was founded.

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20
Aug

@Mtec0 – social media update

Earlier this year we relaunched and rebranded our website and started keeping you updated across a host of social media platforms. We hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of the projects we have been working on from a different perspective and also, if you are one of our partners or clients, have noticed our support when it comes to sharing important news or events.

If you have yet to follow us on any of our social media accounts please use the buttons in the sidebar to take a look at our streams, and like our content.

In addition, if we are working on a project with you and you would like us to use a particular #hashtag or tag any of your accounts, then please let us know so that we can help bolster any social media campaign you may have in place through our own, regularly updated, accounts.

For now, we’re going to leave you with our top art installation #hashtags and perhaps you’ll be inspired to use one next time we work together:

#bigcranefriday – Need we say more? Big Cranes… on a Friday
#mtectoolsofthetrade – 
A great insight into the kit we use
#wrapitpackittapeitmoveit – 
Job done:great for showchanges
#arthandling – 
A great hashtag used by art installers around the globe

30
Jul

FORS Accreditation

Early this summer we were audited by FORS (Fleet Operator recognition scheme) and achieved our FORS Bronze accreditation.

FORS is voluntary and open to any company operating a fleet including vans, lorries, mini-buses and coaches.

The FORS process of accreditation and continuous improvements make sound business sense, and give our clients peace of mind, that not only do we take compliance seriously, but that we have a strong commitment to high standards of road safety and accident reduction.

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