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19
Jun

Mtec Installations | Yinka Shonibare @ Royal Academy

Last week saw the opening of this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and visitors will be welcomed in the courtyard by Yinka Shonibare MBE’s six-metre high ‘Wind Sculpture VI’. The piece was installed by Mtec and the installation is featured in Kirsty Work and Brenda Emmanus’ behind the scenes tour of the exhibition. Head to 33 minutes in for detailed coverage of team Mtec moving the piece into position.

The sculpture will be in situ until Aug, 20 and tours of the exhibition take place every Friday @ 7pm.

For more information you can visit the Royal Academy website and you can see more ‘behind the scenes’ images of the installation on our Instagram and Facebook feeds for the duration of the show.

12
Jun

Mtec Installations | Sculpture in the City 2017

Although de-installation has been taking place for a while now, this weekend saw installation of this year’s Sculpture in the City really take off. With the weather firmly on our side, #teammtec were busy placing stunning pieces from Mark Wallinger, Fernando Casasempere and Paul McCarthy, on this now iconic annual sculpture trail.

Installations around the City of London will continue over the next couple of weeks with the official launch on Jun, 27 and we will be documenting ‘behind the scenes’ images over on our instagram and facebook accounts. Stella Ioannou, Co-director of Sculpture in the City will also be following the progress of this years’ programme via Lacuna Projects instagram.

If you see us at work, or notice a new addition on your journey around London’s financial district then please be sure to either tag us (@mtec0) or use #teammtec or #sculptureinthecity in your posts.

To find out more about previous years of Sculpture in the City or our ongoing role as proud sponsors of the project please visit our previous blog posts (linked above).

05
May

Mtec Experts | 5 things to consider when storing your collection

As an art logistics company we have a number of experts as part of our team, and we have decided to run a Mtec Experts slot on our blog. We’ll tap into our different specialist areas and impart some top tips based on our services and experience.

This month Head of our Shipping Department, Edward Naish looks at things to consider when selecting storage for your collection:

  1. Do the facilities fulfil any required insurance criteria? Our facilities are GRASP accredited for fine art storage conditions including climate control. We have over 75,000 sq.ft of storage, all of which is Customs Bonded and our security systems are NACOSS approved and we are covered by an ADT MXC Fire Detection system. Moreover, should you have any particular concerns or questions you are welcome to make an appointment to visit the facilities at any time.
  2. Do you require regular access to artworks for viewing or photography? Our Enfield warehouse has a state of the art viewing rooms and photography space alongside our fine art storage, reducing the need for double handling and additional transport costs plus third-party costs associated with renting a space. We also have dedicated working space at all of our locations for condition reporting and examining artwork.
  3. Does the facility enable you to have access to your collections information 24/7? It is useful to have an account that you can monitor online so you can update inventory and colleagues with correct information. An important part of remotely managing your stored collection is to schedule regular stock control and annual condition reporting. It also allows you to have access to any important documentation you may need to send on.
  4. Is there a possibility that works may require repacking in the future? An on-site, progressive packing workshop or facility not only reduces double handling but also guarantees that any decisions regarding packing can be made using the advice of an expert and with the long term transportation and storage of the work(s) in mind.
  5. Do you foresee any special circumstances regarding your collection or specific artworks? If you have works within your inventory which require regular maintenance, have specialist shipping considerations or require bespoke project management and installation, are plans, resources and staff in place to manage and monitor this? At Mtec’s facilities we have a number of specialist departments with staff from various backgrounds,  who will build a knowledge of your collection so that your mind can be rest reducing the need for third party suppliers.

If you’d like to discuss your individual needs or specifications regarding shipping and storage, then please do not hesitate to email info@mtecfreightgroup.com and we will arrange for one of our team to get in touch.

06
Feb

We need you…

We are currently in the midst of creating our first Client Feedback Survey. The survey will be emailed or sent following a project, and will serve as a means for us to improve and expand upon the services we offer as well as collect vital information and documents. As well as the usual suspects, such as rating our services and letting us know where you feel improvements could be made, installation instructions, risk assessments, reference images and other important items relating to projects can be uploaded directly via the survey for us to keep on file for future reference. This will streamline future communication relating to the project and help us maintain thorough records for all projects.

In order for us to make our new feedback procedure as valuable to all parties as possible we need your help! If you have worked with us and feel that you would benefit from a particular question or feature to be added into our survey then we want to hear from you!

We welcome any suggestions so just email us with your ideas!

30
Jan

‘Ash to Art’ auction uses Mackintosh library ashes

The Mackintosh Library Appeal has launched a unique body of work in order to raise funds. 25 Internationally renowned artists included Sir Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, The Chapman Brothers and Sir Peter Blake, were sent a unique piece of debris from the tragic fire. They were told where the ashes were taken from within the fateful library, and asked to create a unique piece of work to be auctioned for the charity.

The unique and diverse range of works created can be seen at Christie’s in London’s King Street from Mar, 3-7 and will be auctioned on Mar, 8.

09
Jan

#12daysofarthandling

After looking back at our favourite installations of 2016, we wanted to start 2017 with shout-out to some of our favourite clients, colleagues, influencers and more via our #12daysofarthandling hashtag. We’ve earmarked a selection of social media accounts we look to for regular inspiration, updates and news and will be ‘regramming’ them daily on our instagram (@mtec0) and Facebook page.

We’d also love to hear of any accounts you love which you feel would be worth adding to our follow list! And don’t forget to tag @mtec0 in any images of works being installed or in situ!

So here are our top 12…

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02
Jan

Happy New Year!

We’re back in the office after the Christmas break and ready to take on this year’s projects with gusto! 2017 looks to be yet another exciting year for Mtec, as we continue to work alongside some of the biggest artists and institutions around the world, and we are looking forward to facing unique challenges, further expanding and developing the services we offer, and continuing to innovate and influence as leaders in our field.

Our project managers are already working with clients on projects throughout 2017, including those which utilise our state-of-the-art Viewing Rooms. If you’d like to find out more about the specification of our facilities, request a site-visit or consultation, or talk to a member of our team about your fabrication, installation, storage, packing or shipping requirements then please email info@mtecfreightgroup.com or call our Ware HQ (+44 [0] 1920 461 800).

You can keep abreast of our latest projects, updates and news across our social media channels and via our newsletter.

Here’s to a productive 2017 for all!

25
Dec
23
Dec

Seasons Greetings from Mtec!

This year we want to thank our clients, supporters and colleagues for making 2016 a year of expansion, innovation and prosperity. As we approach 2017 we naturally begin to appraise all the events of the previous year, and this year has been packed with exciting developments. From the growth of our Shipping Department, to the opening of our state-of-the-art Viewing Room facilities, Mtec has continued to grow, evolve and innovate as one of the leading Art Logistics companies.

This year has also seen us expand the territories in which we have managed projects, with teams regularly visiting the Middle East and Asia. 2017 has also seen us invest heavily in the growth and improvement of our fleet and inventory of specialist equipment. We hope that these changes and developments have helped to improve the services and skills we are able to offer our clients, and have enriched their experience of working with Mtec.Continue Reading…

23
Dec

#12days of…

Last Christmas we looked back over the year just passed and selected some of our favourite things for our #12days features. During 2016 you’ve continued to, not only support us, but help us grow through our social media channels with all of your likes, shares and comments. So, we’ve decided to choose some key moments from 2016 to revisit, as well as shine a spotlight on some of our favourite social media accounts; from galleries, to art handlers, to fork-lift truck manufacturers.

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01
Dec

Looking back… Autumn 2016

This Autumn has been one of our busiest. Not only has the opening of our Viewing Room facility seen us expand the range of services we are able to offer clients, but we’ve been busy with work at Frieze Sculpture Park and with shows by two of the world’s biggest artists: Antony Gormley & Richard Serra.

It was a privilege to work with Antony Gormley studio and White Cube on installations for ‘Fit’ at their Bermondsey gallery. Our longstanding relationship with both parties meant that installing these stunningly monumental works was enjoyable, insightful and  highly rewarding. All works were installed at our Enfield facility prior to the exhibition, allowing for photography and installation testing. We hope this stage will prove useful for Gormley in the future, as well as other artists who may find this stage beneficial as a part of their fabrication or installation process.

Another highlight this Autumn was the installation of Richard Serra at Gagosian. Having installed his major work, ‘Lock’ for the first time since 1976 in last year’s Frieze Sculpture Park, it was an honour to be involved in another groundbreaking exhibition of recent sculptures by the renowned artist. Mtec were responsible for the installation of five works with a total overall gross weight of 352 tonnes, making installation a challenge logistically, to say the least. This was the 3rd exhibition of large scale sculpture we have installed at Britannia St and the second on which we have collaborated with Budco Inc NYC.

To find out more about large scale sculpture installation or to enquire about using our services or facilities please contact info@mtecfreightgroup.com 

 

25
Nov

David Hockney to design window at Westminster Abbey

Having previously turned down both a knighthood and a royal portrait commission it’s third time lucky for David Hockney, who this week has been tasked with a unique commission, to commemorate the Queen in stained glass at Westminster Abbey.

The artist has been asked to design a 6ft x 20ft window in the North transcept and has been quoted saying that the composition will be “a landscape full of blossom that’s a celebration every year”, with some speculating that it will link in with work of recent years documenting his love of trees in his native Yorkshire.

Hockney is still currently working on designs but it has been confirmed that the window will be fabricated at Barley Studio in York.

 

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.