This month’s newsletter finds the world enduring the constraints of a World Pandemic not experienced since the Spanish flu in 1918 over 100 years ago.
Dear Valued Clients,
You’ll have heard a lot about coronavirus recently and the effect it’s having across the world.
With the unprecedented disruption the Coronavirus is causing, I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that Mtec is taking this matter extremely seriously and we have been closely monitoring updates on the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Early Adopters of Euro 6 Emission Technology
As many of our subscribers know back in 2013, we were early adopters of Euro 6 Emission technology. At this time many of our competitors were just starting to purchase the minimum Euro 5 Emissions engine standard. We worked hard to obtain our first Euro 6 vehicle from Mercedes Benz which reduced NO2 (nitrous oxide) to the smallest levels. This was two and a half years ahead of the legislation coming into place in September 2015. By the time the Euro 6 Emissions standard became mandatory and other shippers were starting to buy EURO 6, our fleet was already 99% compliant.
We are proud to announce that for the second year running Mtec are providing a bursary to emerging artists at Frieze Sculpture Park. Last year saw us sponsor the installation and de-installation of two works in the park, TREADPADS (2018) by James Capper and PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (2018) by Larry Achiampong, providing an opportunity for Hannah Barry Gallery and Copperfield Gallery to exhibit alongside other renowned galleries and institutions from across the globe.Continue Reading…
Mtec are honoured to announce their involvement in the installation of Graham Ibbeson’s ‘Three Degrees’. Recently unveiled in New Square, West Bromwich, the sculpture, which honours the pioneering footballers, Laurie Cunningham, Brendan Batson and Cyrille Regis, is the product of years of fundraising to acknowledge their struggle in challenging prejudice, not just within football but beyond the terraces. After a final donation from the Professional Footballers’ Association last year the sculpture came into fruition and was shipped and installed by Mtec last month, culminating in an unveiling by PFA boss Gordon Taylor.Continue Reading…
Mtec have recently completed work on an extremely unique and interesting project in conjunction with Patina Art and the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. The restoration of Aqjangajuk Shaa’s Inukshuk figure and subsequent reinstallation of the work is the latest chapter in a very interesting history for the work which began when it was commissioned by the collector Charles Gimpel in 1968.
The sculpture is made from separate blocks of granite which are thought to originate from Kinngait (Cape Dorset) and Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin Island) in Nunavut and was donated to the Institute and originally displayed there from 1979. Mtec were responsible for transporting the work to their bespoke viewing facility where conservators worked to restore the piece to its original condition, following years of wear and tear, minor vandalism and accidental damage. This was a highly complex process which involved contacting the artist and using the Institute’s detailed images of the work and records of previous restorations and modifications which had been made to the sculpture since 1979.
This month Mtec have had the pleasure of working with University of the Arts, Hertfordshire on their latest major exhibition of Barbara Hepworth: ‘artist in society 1948-53’. Our longstanding relationship with Hepworth’s work and her legacy, as well as the deep rooted company connections with Hertfordshire itself, have made this project extremely rewarding one to work on.
The exhibition explores a short, yet significant, period in Hepworth’s life and highlights her little-known connection to Hertfordshire bringing together sculptures and drawings, some of which have not been seen together since they were first created 70 years ago. Between 1948 and 1953 Hepworth produced a number of works which were bound for final installation within the county. Two of those works were formally relocated to the area following their commission for the Festival of Britain and a further two pieces were acquired by the Hertfortshire Schools Collection and Hatfield Technical College (now the Univ. of Herts). The exhibition also showcases further sculpture as well as 20 drawings and 100 archival items. All of the works serve to highlight elements of Hepworth’s practice during a time when she returned her focus to the human form, after focussing so heavily on the landscape in the years preceding.Continue Reading…
Today, as we embark upon our 26thyear of business, we are extremely proud to announce the re-branding of our European sister company MA-CO Italia. Many of our clients and partners have worked with our colleagues in Venice since our partnering 5 years ago. We hope that the renaming of the company’s Italian facilitiy will make communication and logistical operations between the sites, and our clients, clearer and more effective. MA-CO Italia has been re-named Mtec Italia to sit in line with the rest of the Mtec family; Mtec Belgium and Mtec London. Our trusted staff are delighted at the name change, and look forward to better brand recognition for all three bases and the potential opportunities that this will bring. We also hope that prospective new clients will recognise the increased scope and potential for their projects given the improved clarity when it comes to location, services offered and the unique relationship between the three outposts.Continue Reading…
This year, for the first time, Mtec Belgium have been appointed as preferred art transporter for Art Festival Watou. We have been entrusted with the movement of works not only in Belgium but from Norway, Poland, France and Germany and onto a safe arrival at the festival exhibition sites.
The festival, in Northern Belgium, has been growing progressively over the years and now encompasses events which run alongside the main exhibition. This year the festival is titled ‘on longing and consolation’ and runs from Jun, 30 to Sep, 2.
We are pleased to be adding another two custom vehicles to our fleet in the coming weeks. Both vehicles are currently undergoing additional works in order to bring them in-line with our exacting standards and fulfil the bespoke requirements needed for fine-art shipments and installations, both nationally and internationally.Continue Reading…
We are very proud to announce our involvement in the installation of Gillian Wearing’s Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Sq. The bronze is the first sculpture of a woman at the iconic site and also the first created by a female artist.
Following a campaign calling for a female subject to be installed in the square, Wearing went on to create a piece with touching, insightful detailing, including the incorporation of one of Fawcett’s own brooches which was scanned from an original belonging to the Fawcett Society and cast into bronze. The statue holds a sign which reads “Courage calls to courage everywhere”, taken from a speech she gave after the death of fellow campaigner Emily Wilding Davison at the 1913 Epsom Derby.Continue Reading…
Our ongoing relationship with 14-18 NOW has led us to yet another poignant and successful installation of ‘Poppies: Wave’, this time at Fort Nelson in Hampshire. Four years on from their original installation at the Tower of London, the ‘Wave’ element of the multi-faceted piece, conceived to commemorate the centenary of World War One, is in its final year of touring the UK. Having previously been exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Shoeburyness, it will remain in its current position for the next three months. The original installation saw 888,246 poppies displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost between 1914 and 1918. Continue Reading…
As part of our #25yearsofmtec celebrations, where we are looking back over some of our favourite projects, we are looking at the relocation and installation of one of Barry Flanagan’s momentus hare sculptures. Barry Flanagan has been a very important part of Mtec’s history and one of the artists whom we have worked with most consistently throughout our 25 years. We continue to work extremely closely with his estate and the installation of ‘Acrobats’ is testament to this.Continue Reading…
Our Art Fair team have just returned from another successful Art Basel Hong Kong, where we have been overseeing the shipment and installation of works for a number of galleries. As per the other major fairs we attend, the Mtec team were on site to provide shipping estimates to aid client sales, to assist with dispersal at the end of the fair and look after the de-install and return shipment of works to the UK. During the fair we had the pleasure of being able to visit some of the stunning booths as well as pop-up events around the city, including watching legendary Chinese performance artist the Frog King (Kwok Mango-Ho) write exhibition-goers names in Chinese at the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery booth.
We are looking forward to continuing our work at art fairs throughout 2018 and will be attending the following over the Spring/Summer:Continue Reading…
With our new Gallery Services facility up and running, we have grasped the opportunity presented by art handling and technical resource, Art Tech Space, to host one of their events. On Wednesday 21st March at 6:30pm we’ll be opening the doors to our Enfield warehouse to host ‘Behind the Art with Mtec’. ‘Behind the Art’ gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the workings of an art warehouse and the opportunity to learn about the work Mtec carry out directly from our Director of Gallery Services, Paul Embleton.
Entry to the event is by ticket only and includes time for informal chat and questions. All in attendance will be required to sign a non-disclosure upon entry into the warehouse.
You can get your ticket here.
As we progress through our 25th Anniversary year, we will be looking back at some of the most groundbreaking, poignant and technically challenging installations of our history.
10 years on Sir Anthony Caro’s installation, Chapel of Light, at the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Bourbourg remains just as poignant and dramatic. Situated in the previously concealed choir of the church, Caro’s series of stunning sculptures were conceived as a memorial in honour of the friendship and support experienced between Britain and France during WW2.
Firstly, struck by an artillery shell and secondly, hit by the flaming tail of a crashing German bomber, the bell tower collapsed in an inferno Continue Reading…
We’re half way through January and 2018 is already flying by. Here at Mtec HQ we are looking forward to the year ahead and the innovative developments we already have in the pipeline, specifically with our Artfair and Gallery Services teams. We are also excited to announce that we will be opening an additional warehouse complex 11 miles from the centre of Cambridge taking our total warehouse capacity to 160,000 sq ft in the UK with an additional 15,000 sq ft internationally.
Our growing team of specialised artfair technicians and registrars will be attending 7 art fairs and servicing a further 11 in 2018. We will be working at the fairs as well as various satellite projects and exhibitions, this also includes the utilisation of our bespoke viewing facilities. We are able to work alongside our clients in the planning, preparation, transport and installation of works, assisting with FCL and LCL sea and air freights and Customs formalities. If you have an enquiry regarding your art fair requirements for this year please get in touch.
During 2017 we have also expanded our dedicated Gallery Services team, drawing on over 25 years of experience working with major galleries and museums around the globe. We have created a standalone department and facility which will provide our clients with exciting and unique possibilities throughout the coming year. Our London warehouse, where the team are based, is proud to house the largest dedicated fine-art viewing rooms in the UK and we are looking forward to working on some groundbreaking installations and exhibitions this year.
We pride ourselves on working with our clients and colleagues on some of the most challenging and complex jobs in the industry, if you have an installation, shipment or project which you would like to ask us about please drop us an email (email@example.com) or call our Ware offices (+44  1920 461 800) and one of our project managers will contact you as soon as possible.
Throughout the month we will be going into further detail about plans in these departments on our news page so make sure you are following us on social media or check in on our blog.
We hope that 2018 is set to be as successful, exciting and rewarding as 2017 and look forward to working with you over the coming months.
Here’s to a productive 2018 for all!
This year we wish to thank our clients, supporters and colleagues for making 2017 a year of further success, exciting developments and strengthened partnerships. As 2018 approaches, as in previous years, we start to reflect on the endeavours and achievements of the last 12 months. Over the year we have seen growth and innovation in our dedicated art fair and gallery services teams. A success which we hope to build upon in the New Year, continuing to cement our position as one of the frontrunners in our field.
This year has also seen us build on our existing relationships with continued support for projects and institutions which have played a key part in Mtec’s history, Continue Reading…