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…

09
Mar

Mtec Exhibitions | The Hepworth Wakefield takeover our instagram ahead of ‘Disobedient Bodies’

Mar, 10 & 11 will see @hepworthwakefield ‘one of the top 10 galleries in the UK’ (The Times) takeover our Instagram! Ahead of their new exhibition ‘Disobedient Bodies‘, curated by JW. Anderson the museum will be posting exclusive behind the scenes pictures of the installation plus details of events and more.

Simultaneously, as logistics partners and sponsors for the exhibition, @mtec0 will be taking the helm at Hepworth Wakefield’s instagram feed; giving a window into the world leading up to the big reveal of  ‘2017’s must see fashion exhibition’ (Glamour)
So make sure you are following both @hepworthwakefield and @mtec0 to follow this unique #instaswap

The exhibition opens on Friday 17th March with a party from 7-10pm, all welcome, no invite necessary.

 

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.