Last night saw the second Hepworth Prize awarded to worthy winner, Cerith Wyn Evans. As proud sponsors of the Prize we were honoured to be in attendance at the Museum of the Year 2017 and hear from those involved in the award, as well as this year’s nominees. The prize itself is particularly dear to us as a company as the story of its origins and that of contemporary sculpture in Yorkshire is so intertwined with the story of Mtec and its growth over the last 25 years.
We first began working with Breton Hall (later to become formally known as Yorkshire Sculpture Park) not long after starting our company journey, and our subsequent work with the Henry Moore foundation and Barbara Hepworth were instrumental in kickstarting Mtec’s career and cementing the company’s origins and reputation as sculptural logistics experts. Indeed, the intrinsic link between the Hepworth Wakefield and Mtec began with the task of moving Hepworth’s studio from St Ives to our HQ where all items were conserved by the Tate team and made ready for their new home. Our ongoing involvement with the institution, the wider Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, Yorkshire International and the artists associated with this programme continue to excite, challenge and diversify us as a company and we hope that these relationships continue to prosper and flourish for many years and many prizes to come.
Congratulations to Cerith Wyn Evans and all of the nominees for this year’s prize from all at Mtec.
The exhibition showcasing works from this years shortlisted artists runs until Jan, 20 and you can vote for your favourite until the end of January at the Hepworth Wakefield website.