Category: Exhibitions

21
Nov

Helen Marten winner of inaugural Hepworth Prize

Last week saw the presentation of the first Hepworth Prize, sponsored by Mtec, and the inaugural award went to Helen Marten. Simon Wallis, director of the Hepworth Wakefield, described Helen as “one of the strongest and most singular voices working in British art today”, and in a gracious demonstration of her thoughts on the hierarchical position of art prizes, Helen has vowed to split the prize fund between all four shortlisted artists. Helen is also nominated for this year’s Turner Prize which is announced next month.

Mtec attended the Prize Dinner and it was a pleasure to view the works in the accompanying exhibition and speak to those involved in the organisation of the award.

You can read more about this year’s nominee and Mtec’s roles as sponsors here. 

 

01
Nov

Shock over closure of Inverleith House

After almost 60 years, the stunning and beloved Inverleith House has closed its doors. As a groundbreaking centre for international contemporary art, Inverleith has shown more Turner Prize winning artists than any other U.K gallery aside from the Tate. Yet, the sudden closure of the space has occurred without consultation or prior warning.

Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh have remained tight-lipped on the reasons for the move or plans for the future, although many have voiced suspicions that the house is destined for use as office space or even a wedding venue. If this is the case it is easy to see why some are dubbing the move ‘cultural vandalism’, with exhibited artists including James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy and Martin Creed, as well as Matisse, Picasso and Henry Moore it’s easy to see how this conclusion has been drawn by the majority. Douglas Gordon has been quoted as saying the closure is “the most myopic decision that any forward-thinking administration could possibly make. Bang goes the Enlightenment–roll on the Dark Ages!”.

Since the news was announced the following surge of opinion has prompted widespread hope that there is a compromise to be made, and that this iconic venue will not be lost forever. Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop, plans to meet with RBGE and Culture Scotland in an attempt to discuss funding issues and reach a positive resolution. In the meantime the petition against the closure is  still gaining signatures.

You can sign the petition against the closure here.

 

17
Oct

Mtec proud sponsors of Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

This week sees the opening of the first accompanying exhibition of the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, a new biennial award to recognise talent in contemporary British sculpture. Set to be one of the most important accolades of Contemporary Art in the UK, the award is a fitting legacy to Barbara Hepworth and champions those at any stage of their artistic career.

Mtec are proud to be one of the supporting sponsors for the Prize and contribute towards the future recognition of contemporary sculpture within the UK, something which is an integral part of our cultural heritage.

This year’s four shortlisted artists are, Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten and David Medalla. The winner will be announced on Thursday 17th November and we will be tweeting live from the event (@mtec0).

You can view this years work at the Hepworth Wakefield from Friday 21st October 2016 – Sunday 19th February 2017. For more information visit the Hepworth Wakefield website.

10
Oct

Mtec recommends – October 2016…

Frieze has been and gone but this Autumn still has some stunning exhibitions on offer. Here’s our pick of October’s shows:

Sep, 27  – Jan, 2 2016 Tate Britain – Turner Prize 2016

This year’s Turner Prize nominees are Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, and Josephine Pryde. The exhibition has been well-received and is well worth a visit before the Prize’s temporary move to Hull in 2017.


Sep, 30  – Nov, 6 2016 White Cube Bermondsey – Antony Gormley: Fit

Gormley plays with the gallery space in this sequel to his 2012 show ‘Model’, creating a labyrinth in 15  chambers through which the viewer must navigate. This is set to be an iconic show of 2016.Continue Reading…

04
Oct

Ai Weiwei @ Museum of Baalbek

Earlier in September some of our Project Managers travelled to Lebanon to install Ai Weiwei’s ‘Foundation’ at the Museum of Baalbek. The new installation is part of a group show at the prestigious archaeological site called ‘The Silent Echo’, and features Susan Hiller, Theo Mercier, Marwan Rechmaoui, Paola Yacoub, Cynthia Zaven among others. Curated by Karina El Helou and organised in conjunction with Studio Cur/art, the show looks at the importance of on-site Museums and explores in the context of Baalbek, how monuments and artifacts become symbols of an obsolete past, subject to destruction during war and victims of iconoclasm.Continue Reading…

26
Sep

Turner Prize 2016

This week sees the opening of this year’s Turner Prize exhibition. Opening to the public on Tuesday, the show promises to be just as controversial as expected given this years nominees (which you can read more about here), and has already been given mixed reviews by the press.

Exhibits include Josephine Pryde’s train which had been open for visitors to ride on at previous exhibitions, but sits stationary in the Tate due to “leaves on the line”. Anthea Hamilton’s “Project for a door”, this year’s “poster boy” for the Prize, is one of many dominating sculptures in the exhibition.  With a title illustrative of the sculpture’s political statement, Michael Dean’s room full of pennies (“United Kingdom poverty line for two adults and two children: twenty thousand four hundred and thirty six pounds sterling as published on 1 September 2016.”) is another stand-out piece. The final nominee, Helen Marten, has further created works which prompt interaction with the gallery’s visitors by encouraging them to view her sculptures as if they were archaeologists, exploring the materials and discovering new insights.

This year’s Prize is open from Sep 27 – Jan 2 with the winner being announced on Dec 5.

To read more about the Prize, nominees and exhibition visit the Tate website.

09
Sep

Mtec Recommends… September 2016

The Autumn is upon us, and that means the busiest time of the year in the Art Calendar. Here’s our pick of September’s shows:

Sep, 8  – Oct, 22 2016 Marian Goodman Gallery – Giuseppe Penone: Fui, Sarò, Non Sono (I was, I will be, I am not)

Part of a two part exhibition, with a simultaneous show in Paris, the London element of Penone’s shows presents work which explore the relationship between the artist’s body and his surrounding ecosystem.


Sept, 15 – Dec, 17 2016 Gagosian, Mayfair – Richard Serra: DrawingsContinue Reading…

07
Sep

Great Fire 350

Last weekend saw a series of art events to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Highlights of the weekend included Martin Firrell’s ‘Fires Ancient and Modern’, which was projected onto the external dome of St. Paul’s cathedral, and David Best’s 120metre long sculpture of London which was set alight on the Thames on Sunday evening.Continue Reading…

30
Aug

Poignant installation at Chatsworth House

The stunning grounds of Chatsworth House have been transformed as part of the 11th annual ‘Beyond Limits’ show in collaboration with Sotheby’s. The contemporary, outdoor sculpture show is a highlight of the art calendar, and this year has a poignant centrepiece in the form of ‘Lilas’; the Serpentine Pavillion designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid.

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18
Aug

Ai Weiwei’s ‘S.A.C.R.E.D’

After the success of the recent project at Downing College, Cambridge, it was a pleasure to work with Ai Weiwei again, this time in Cuenca, Spain. As part of a series of events taking place across Spain to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Weiwei’s iconic work ‘S.A.C.R.E.D’ is currently being exhibited in the 12th century cathedral of the Spanish city. The work, which is comprised of 6 cells detailing the Artist’s famous incarceration, presented a complex set of logistical challenges as did the unique exhibition space.Continue Reading…