With the approach of the Armistice Centenary, Mtec have had the opportunity to give back to a dear charity in remembrance of fallen serviceman. Our installation team visited Great Ormond Street Hospital and assisted in the respositioning to a more prominent site of a bronze commemorative plaque in honour of fallen colleagues of the hospital in both WW1 and WW2.
This struck an extremely personal chord with Mtec founder, Dave Williams, who’s grandfather served with the British Expeditionary Force as part of the Royal Army Medical Corps in WW2 at Dunkirk, assisting the fallen and injured both at the battle and, when captured by the Germans, behind enemy lines. To be able to donate time and resources to such a honourable and poignant project, especially during our 25th Anniversary year, was a real joy and we hope that the plaque will get the attention it truly deserves in its new location within the hospital.
Having been heavily involved in the logistics, transportation and installation at previous locations, such as YSP, Fort Nelson and Lincoln Castle, Mtec have had the honour of being involved in the final citing of ‘Poppies: Weeping Window’ and ‘Poppies: Wave’ at the Imperial War Museums London and Manchester, respectively. Forming the last installment of a four-year journey, the Poppies will be in situ until Nov, 18. Mtec were in attendance at the unveiling of the London installation, which was originally part of ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London in 2014. Each of the several thousand hand-made ceramic poppies symbolise a life lost at the Front in WW1, making the final location for this installation, at both of the IWM museums, extremely fitting.
September saw the unveiling of some stunning public sculpture in the Kent Downs as part of the Ash Project. The ash tree is the most common tree in the Kent Downs and the third most common tree throughout the UK, so in 2012 when ash dieback was first discovered, the loss to the KAOB was devastating. The Ash Project was borne in response to the impact of losing such a stalwart of the natural habitat, with the hope of raising awareness and protecting the legacy of these majestic and historic trees.
Mtec were tasked with the logistics and installation of a major new public artwork by Ackroyd & Harvey, commissioned by The Ash Project, to stand at White Horse Wood Country Park in the heart of the Kent Downs, Detling. The magnificent piece, which will remain until Sept 2020, acts as a poignant signpost to the multitude of talks, walks and events taking place as part of the wider project involving a range of partners throughout the county.
To find out more about the project please visit the Ash Project website.
This #summerofsculpture has truly been an international one for Mtec and we are proud to have been involved in the first International Biennial of St Paul de Vence. The village, steeped in a history which has drawn artists to its walls, hosts 13 established artists and 4 emerging artists as part of free programme of events including a Fringe festival embracing the link between art and the iconic setting.
Following the development’s we featured in last month’s blog, our Shipping department has been planning ahead for the next quarter and utilising the new resources and processes put in place by the expanded team. February has been just as busy as January with shipments travelling by air and see to artfairs in Hong Kong, Mexico, Geneva, New York and Dubai, as well as various large scale projects. March sees consolidated shipments leaving for Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo. Both destinations are via art truck to Europe for direct main deck service with airport supervision.
Looking further ahead, as well as our dedicated Shipping Mailouts (which you can subscribe to here) we will be sending quarterly Artfair Updates which will give our clients and partners a heads-up for consolidated shipments leaving for Artfairs across the globe. This will give our customers a chance to utilize competitive transport options as well as book our experienced technicians for on-site installation assistance and project management at the fairs. The first of these updates will be sent out later this month where we will be focusing on consolidated shipments to Frieze NY, Miart and ArtBasel.
We are already taking bookings for these fairs now that the season of art fairs is in full swing. If you would like quotations to manage your art fair logistics or have any questions, please contact email@example.com
We spent much of the cold, blustery January amidst the Yorkshire Countryside, and although it might have felt at times like we had drawn the short straw (especially when compared to colleagues who were working in locations like the Jeddah Peninsula in Saudi Arabia!), the end result made it an invaluable experience. We had previously installed work by KAWS at Frieze Sculpture park but installing these hauntingly beautiful works at YSP, in the artist’s first major UK exhibition, was a unique and rewarding experience. YSP have commissioned this brilliant video which shows the installation of ‘SMALL LIE’ (2013) where you can see our project managers and technicians at work. The 10-metre tall sculpture can be seen with other works in the park as well as a collection of paintings and smaller sculpture in the Longside Gallery until Jun, 12 2016.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christian (email@example.com).
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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…