Category: Mtec News

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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28
Jul

Sculpture in the City 2015

After working with MTEC for over five years now one thing is for certain: everything will be fine when it comes to installing the sculptures. The team’s level of experience and ability is second to none and I feel confident speaking on behalf of myself and the Sculpture in the City project team when I say that we have never worked with a team with such extraordinary level of diligence and care. Put simply MTEC make the most extraordinary tasks appear easy.’

Stella Ioannou – Co-director, Sculpture in the City


The Square Mile contains some of London’s most iconic landmarks and thanks to a unique collaboration between the City of London, local businesses and the art world, each year it becomes enhanced with internationally renowned works of sculpture which serve to form an exhibition within the urban environment.

Mtec have had the honour of being involved in Sculpture in the City over the last five years, not only as art installers and transporters, but also as patrons of the project.

This year we have enjoyed making the most of our new social media platforms to converse with our partners on the project, and share media, not only during the install and but also of the finished project.

We’d love to see your images of the works you may come across, on your way to work or out and about, just be sure to tag us (@mtec0 and @sculpturecity ) or use the hashtag #sculptureinthecity

Sculpture in the City runs from Jun 30, 2015 – Jun 30, 2016. You can download a map of artworks here.

24
Jul

New Truck adds green credentials to our fleet

Meet one of our Brand New vehicles, not only does it have a state of the Art Crane with 23 meter reach, the engine it is EURO VI  Low emissions compliant.

At Mtec we’ve always paid close attention to improving our Carbon Footprint wherever possible, as an early  adopter of EURO VI Low emission vehicles  in 2013, Mtec is well placed for the future with the first of four new vehicles arriving in the fleet this year at EURO VI bringing our total count of environmental vehicles to 14. All of Mtec’s new Vehicles are CLOCS compliant with Left Turn  warning systems and rear view side camera’s to protect growing platoons of London Cyclists on busy City Streets.

We hope to continue to reduce Mtec’s footprint and keep working towards a fleet that is both meaner and greener.

29
Jun

A day in the life of a Project Manager

Here at Mtec we have built a reputation as experts among our field when it comes to shipping. However, we wanted to give you an insight into the scope of the work that we do, and what better way to do that than follow one of our experienced Project Managers for the day?

So we sent our project manager, Paul Embleton, out for a day’s work with a camera in-hand and had him fill us in on his travels:

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