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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.

01
Nov

Shock over closure of Inverleith House

After almost 60 years, the stunning and beloved Inverleith House has closed its doors. As a groundbreaking centre for international contemporary art, Inverleith has shown more Turner Prize winning artists than any other U.K gallery aside from the Tate. Yet, the sudden closure of the space has occurred without consultation or prior warning.

Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh have remained tight-lipped on the reasons for the move or plans for the future, although many have voiced suspicions that the house is destined for use as office space or even a wedding venue. If this is the case it is easy to see why some are dubbing the move ‘cultural vandalism’, with exhibited artists including James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy and Martin Creed, as well as Matisse, Picasso and Henry Moore it’s easy to see how this conclusion has been drawn by the majority. Douglas Gordon has been quoted as saying the closure is “the most myopic decision that any forward-thinking administration could possibly make. Bang goes the Enlightenment–roll on the Dark Ages!”.

Since the news was announced the following surge of opinion has prompted widespread hope that there is a compromise to be made, and that this iconic venue will not be lost forever. Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop, plans to meet with RBGE and Culture Scotland in an attempt to discuss funding issues and reach a positive resolution. In the meantime the petition against the closure is  still gaining signatures.

You can sign the petition against the closure here.

 

25
Oct

Lightpool brings art to the Blackpool illuminations

This Saturday Blackpool will shine a little brighter. Thanks to artworks from the likes of Bob & Roberta Smith & Yoko Ono and a 2 million pound grant from the Coastal Commission, this years Lightpool festival looks set to outshine last year’s inaugural effort.

The festival of light comprises several events & exhibitions including a show dedicated to the art of neon, a projection of three new films and a procession led by ‘Captain Kronos’. All events are entirely free and more than 30 installations are spread throughout the town centre.

Lightpool runs until Nov, 2nd and you can find out more information about the programme here.

 

17
Oct

Mtec proud sponsors of Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

This week sees the opening of the first accompanying exhibition of the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, a new biennial award to recognise talent in contemporary British sculpture. Set to be one of the most important accolades of Contemporary Art in the UK, the award is a fitting legacy to Barbara Hepworth and champions those at any stage of their artistic career.

Mtec are proud to be one of the supporting sponsors for the Prize and contribute towards the future recognition of contemporary sculpture within the UK, something which is an integral part of our cultural heritage.

This year’s four shortlisted artists are, Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten and David Medalla. The winner will be announced on Thursday 17th November and we will be tweeting live from the event (@mtec0).

You can view this years work at the Hepworth Wakefield from Friday 21st October 2016 – Sunday 19th February 2017. For more information visit the Hepworth Wakefield website.

10
Oct

Mtec recommends – October 2016…

Frieze has been and gone but this Autumn still has some stunning exhibitions on offer. Here’s our pick of October’s shows:

Sep, 27  – Jan, 2 2016 Tate Britain – Turner Prize 2016

This year’s Turner Prize nominees are Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, and Josephine Pryde. The exhibition has been well-received and is well worth a visit before the Prize’s temporary move to Hull in 2017.


Sep, 30  – Nov, 6 2016 White Cube Bermondsey – Antony Gormley: Fit

Gormley plays with the gallery space in this sequel to his 2012 show ‘Model’, creating a labyrinth in 15  chambers through which the viewer must navigate. This is set to be an iconic show of 2016.Continue Reading…

10
Oct

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.Continue Reading…

04
Oct

Ai Weiwei @ Museum of Baalbek

Earlier in September some of our Project Managers travelled to Lebanon to install Ai Weiwei’s ‘Foundation’ at the Museum of Baalbek. The new installation is part of a group show at the prestigious archaeological site called ‘The Silent Echo’, and features Susan Hiller, Theo Mercier, Marwan Rechmaoui, Paola Yacoub, Cynthia Zaven among others. Curated by Karina El Helou and organised in conjunction with Studio Cur/art, the show looks at the importance of on-site Museums and explores in the context of Baalbek, how monuments and artifacts become symbols of an obsolete past, subject to destruction during war and victims of iconoclasm.Continue Reading…

04
Oct

A busy month for our Viewing Rooms…

We’ve been working hard to prepare our state-of-the-art Viewing Room facility for the busy month ahead. October brings Frieze and FIAC, and with them a great opportunity for clients to view artworks in our stunning setting within a short drive of Central London (10mins/3 miles from M25 and 25mins from Liverpool St Station). We also hope to support some of October’s most exciting exhibitions offering an extension to the public gallery spaces where clients can view additional relevant works in a private setting at a time convenient to them.
Our purpose-built viewing rooms offer the space, expertise and facilities to accommodate large-
scale pieces where, smaller, Central London spaces may be otherwise be restricted.Continue Reading…

26
Sep

Turner Prize 2016

This week sees the opening of this year’s Turner Prize exhibition. Opening to the public on Tuesday, the show promises to be just as controversial as expected given this years nominees (which you can read more about here), and has already been given mixed reviews by the press.

Exhibits include Josephine Pryde’s train which had been open for visitors to ride on at previous exhibitions, but sits stationary in the Tate due to “leaves on the line”. Anthea Hamilton’s “Project for a door”, this year’s “poster boy” for the Prize, is one of many dominating sculptures in the exhibition.  With a title illustrative of the sculpture’s political statement, Michael Dean’s room full of pennies (“United Kingdom poverty line for two adults and two children: twenty thousand four hundred and thirty six pounds sterling as published on 1 September 2016.”) is another stand-out piece. The final nominee, Helen Marten, has further created works which prompt interaction with the gallery’s visitors by encouraging them to view her sculptures as if they were archaeologists, exploring the materials and discovering new insights.

This year’s Prize is open from Sep 27 – Jan 2 with the winner being announced on Dec 5.

To read more about the Prize, nominees and exhibition visit the Tate website.

09
Sep

Mtec Recommends… September 2016

The Autumn is upon us, and that means the busiest time of the year in the Art Calendar. Here’s our pick of September’s shows:

Sep, 8  – Oct, 22 2016 Marian Goodman Gallery – Giuseppe Penone: Fui, Sarò, Non Sono (I was, I will be, I am not)

Part of a two part exhibition, with a simultaneous show in Paris, the London element of Penone’s shows presents work which explore the relationship between the artist’s body and his surrounding ecosystem.


Sept, 15 – Dec, 17 2016 Gagosian, Mayfair – Richard Serra: DrawingsContinue Reading…

07
Sep

Great Fire 350

Last weekend saw a series of art events to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Highlights of the weekend included Martin Firrell’s ‘Fires Ancient and Modern’, which was projected onto the external dome of St. Paul’s cathedral, and David Best’s 120metre long sculpture of London which was set alight on the Thames on Sunday evening.Continue Reading…