News

29
Nov

Mtec Shipping | New specialist vehicle for our inventory

This week we’ll be accepting delivery of the latest vehicle to join our inventory: the IVECO 440-570 heavy haulage tractor for abnormal and heavy loads. It is equipped with the latest environmental technology including emission standard control EUO 6, compliant with the Inner London Low emission zone. It also carries the latest safety standard specification for TFL cycle safety initiative, with side and rear camera system, cyclist sensor units and Red-Amber- Green traffic light warnings for cyclists and pedestrians, with proximity warning to driver and audible warning for cyclists on the busy London streets.Continue Reading…

27
Nov

Mtec Installations | Ai Weiwei @ Fundación PROA

Team Mtec recently headed to Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires to install Ai Weiwei’s ‘Forever Bicycles’ as part of his first major South American retrospective. The retrospective, curated by Marcello Dantas, includes a number of iconic installations, sculptures, photographs and videos exploring social, economic and political inconsistencies, themes commonly broached in Weiwei’s work.

The exhibition is part of a collaboration between the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center (CCBB), Fundación Proa and Ternium, Organización Techint and also includes a program of talks and activities during its duration.

Ai Weiwei @ Fundación Proa runs until the end Feb 2018, more details can be found at their website here

17
Nov

Mtec Installation | G. F. Watts @ The Royal Academy

Mtec have recently been tasked with the collection from Pangolin Editions of a new bronze cast of the iconic sculpture ‘Physical Energy’ by G. F. Watts. The fabrication and installation of the work marks a return to its original placing in the courtyard of the Royal Academy, London, 113 years after it was first in situ in 1904.Continue Reading…

06
Nov

Mtec Installations | Alina Szapocznikow @ Hepworth Wakefield

Our latest project as proud, ongoing sponsors and supporters of the Hepworth Wakefield took place in October with the opening of Alina Szapocznikow’s latest show, Human Landscapes. Mtec coordinated the transport for the import of the artworks, as well as the complex packing of these particularly fragile artworks. Our in-house casing specialists created an innovative floating base-crate specially conceived with the reactive and delicate nature of the artwork’s concrete medium in mind, designed to withstand vibrations and movement in transit which could lead to cracking and losses. In total we fabricated 27 new,  bespoke cases in our workshop which were used in  collections from more than 22 lenders spread between Poland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Argentina and UK.Continue Reading…

17
Oct

Mtec Experts | Frederik Wils Mtec Belgium

This month we talk to Operations Manager, Frederik Wils, about his role and the facilities at Mtec Belgium in order to gain further insight into our latest outpost in Europe and the unique advantages open to our clients, colleagues and partners as a consequence.

Frederik, can you tell us more about your background and current role at Mtec Belgium?

‘I started working in air freight from a young age, firstly for the family business and subsequently at Brussels Airport as a freight forwarder. There I gained extensive experience with customs and freight forwarding, not just by air, but also sea and road transport too. By the time I moved on from Brussels Airport, and began working for a specialist art handling and transportation company, I was responsible for all air exports. Continue Reading…

18
Sep

Mtec Installations | Folkstone Triennial

This year, Mtec’s #summerofsculpture, was topped with the crown jewel that is Folkestone Triennial. As our first time working on the project it was an honour to be involved with so many of the festival’s integral works; shipping, installing and project managing a number of the town’s main exhibits.

The Folkestone Triennial began in 2008 and has quickly established itself as one of the primary events in the Contemporary Art Calendar and this year saw works by Antony Gormley, Richard Woods, Michael Craig-Martin, Bob and Roberta Smith and Bill Woodrow included in the programme.

Mtec worked on the following installations which can be seen from Sep, 2 – Nov, 5 2017:Continue Reading…

25
Jun

Mtec Artfair | Basel 2017

Basel 2017 proved to be an extremely busy one for Mtec; handling outgoing shipments, installation and de-installation of works and both return and ongoing shipments from the booths at Art Basel and Unlimited. As always it was a pleasure working with artists and galleries that we already have longstanding relationships with as well as meeting those whom we hope to work more closely with in the future.

This year Carola Quirico from our Shipping Department was at the fair until the take-down and personally oversaw operations including the handling of a number of urgent and last-minute shipments for galleries who wish to add or change the inventory of their stands.

Overall, the fair was a major success for us logistically, and we look forward to expanding our client base and services for Basel 2018, as well as continuing our work at the other major fairs throughout the Art World calendar.

If you would like to discuss your Artfair needs or begin planning shipment, installation or any other logistical element please email artfairs@mtecfreightgroup.com

 

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).

08
May

Mtec Shipping | Basel 2017

Mtec’s fine art vehicles will be loading to leave the UK on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June. Collecting works enroute in Antwerp, Cologne and Paris we’ll be arriving in Basel on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th June.

Mtec’s Sculpture and picture technicians will be available onsite throughout should you need assistance on booth or at Unlimited.

For estimate requests email artfairs@mtecfreightgroup.com and Carola Quirico will revert with a competitive offer.

Art Basel, Messeplatz Basel

Thursday 15th June – Sunday 18th June 

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.

02
May

Mtec Installations | Antony Gormley 3X Another Time | University of East Anglia

Last month we had the pleasure of installing ‘3X ANOTHER TIME’ by Antony Gormley at the University of East Anglia. The installation forms part of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art’s initiative to add to their already impressive collection of sculpture on campus and develop a renowned sculpture park at the site.

The installation was captured in a time-lapse video which shows #teammtec at work at the University. The pieces were installed in three locations chosen by Gormley to emphasise the relationship between the original University buildings and the openness of the campus as well as the way they engage with the life of the University. They will form part of an extended sculpture trail around the campus, which UEA hope will create an experience that attracts visitors on a unique cultural day out.

To find out more about the works and how to visit, visit the Sainsbury Centre’s website.

 

24
Apr

Mtec Installations | ‘The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, but not the Mineral Rights’ @ Cass Sculpture Foundation

Spring has sprung and it has seen #teammtec installing in some stunning settings around the country and worldwide. This month saw #teammtec install Jake and Dinos Chapman’s epic corten steel trio: ‘The Good’, ‘The Bad’ and ‘The Ugly’. The installation took place in the stunning woodland setting of Cass Sculpture Foundation within the Goodwood Estate, West Sussex. The sculptures spearhead a wider exhibition including the installation “Two Legs Bad, Four Legs Good’ and both pieces can be seen until 16th December.

If you visit be sure to tag @mtec0 and @jakeanddinos in any of your images!

 

30
Mar

Mtec Jobs | Viewing Room/Warehouse Technician

 

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced technician to work in our new North London viewing room and warehouse facility.

The job role will include, but not be limited to:

  • Installation/de-installation of art works in our viewing rooms.
  • Ensuring viewing rooms are presentable at all times.
  • Condition reporting.
  • Day to day tasks in the warehouse: deliveries, collections, safe storage and inventory.
  • Face-to-face interaction with clients.

Good IT skills are an essential part of the role as well as experience in handling artwork. Attention to detail and ability to prioritise is key, as well as being able to work independently and as part of a team. Forklift and full UK Driving license preferable.

This will be a demanding, hands on role working for a very exciting company.

Salary negotiable depending on experience.

Please send CV and brief covering letter to David Raimondo: davidraimondo@mtecfreightgroup.com

You can read more about our state-of-the-art Viewing Room facility here

 

 

21
Mar

Mtec Exhibitions | The Hepworth Wakefield & JW Anderson

Last week saw the opening of ‘Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson curates the Hepworth Wakefield’, earmarked as one of this year’s ‘must-see’ exhibitions. As sponsors, we were lucky enough to attend the preview dinner which saw JW Anderson give an inspiring speech introducing his unique curation of personal sculptures with notable fashion pieces.  The public opening, the following evening, was marked by an open party with DJ and drinks.

Throughout the exhibition there are a number of associated events including a pop-up event at Trinity Walk, Wakefield with a chance to create wearable sculptures and other fashion themed activities. You can find out more about this and other events here.

The exhibition is complimented by a beautifully produced catalogue and a unique edition of 20 framed pieces by the fashion designer, which you can buy here.

 

10
Mar

Mtec Jobs | Carola Quirico to join Mtec as Artfair Manager

“I strongly believe that galleries should consider Mtec as a natural extension of their Registrars/Art Fairs teams, knowing they can always count on Mtec’s availability to support their activities at 360 degrees” Carola Quirico

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Carola Quirico as our new Artfair Manager. With the addition of this dedicated role, we aim to provide our clients with tailored services throughout all stages of the Artfair including planning, designing, shipping, installing, customs advice, de-installing and taking care of post sales client services.

Carola comes from a strong shipping background, first joining the Registrar department at Massimo De Carlo in September 2009 and progressing to Global Head Registrar in 2016. During her time at the gallery Carola supervised logistics across all four of the gallery’s exhibition spaces in Milan, London and Hong Kong, including internal and external exhibition movements, client services and, of course, art fairs. She was also instrumental in heading up teams at all four sites including the set-up and expansion of the recently opened Hong Kong Gallery.

We look forward to welcoming Carola into our team and introducing her to our clients and colleagues over the coming weeks. For any further information on our Artfair services or to get in touch with Carola please email info@mtecfreightgroup.com