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02
Aug

Mtec Experts | The Line

This month we had the pleasure of talking to Simona Pizzi of The Line about how consistently working with Mtec has made the logistics of the project easier year on year, to form a solid and efficient partnership.

‘Since 2015, Mtec have been the official installation partner of The Line and have undertaken a number of installation and deinstallation of sculptures located in East London between The O2 and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Line was first installed in May 2015 and I started work at The Line in April 2016, and have worked with Mtec to de-install some of the sculptures on the trail. Mtec are renowned for their expertise in installing large sculptures and my experience with them has been no different. I was able to oversee the de-installations and what impressed me most is the way the team worked cohesively together, it was like watching a well choreographed ballet and the process was made to look incredibly simple and straightforward. I felt at ease, especially when you have an 8 metre tall bronze sculpture dangling over the waters of the Royal Docks!Continue Reading…

18
Jul

Mtec Installations | The Sunbathers @ South Bank Centre

At the 1951 Festival of Britain one sculpture inspired romantic Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, who wrote: “the linked terra-cotta man and woman fly – defying gravity and elegantly hurrying up a W.C. wall.” The Sunbathers by Peter Laszlo Peri remained untouched and unloved in the garden of the Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath following de-installation at the Festival, and attention was only drawn to its provenance after a campaign to find lost public art by Historic England.

Following an overwhelming response to a crowdfunded appeal, The Sunbathers have been restored and are now on display at their original home on the South Bank. Mtec were honoured to project manage the installation of the works at the Southbank Centre where they will remain for the next two months. In the meantime, Historic England are continuing to campaign for a more permanent home for the sculpture, you can read more about this here.

07
Jul

Mtec Installations | #summerofsculpture

Following on from our installations in the Spring at UEA & CASS Sculpture Foundation, our Summer of Sculpture has continued gaining more momentum as we approach some key events in the Art World calendar.

Our summer began working with the British Council in Venice again for the Biennale. Our sister company MA-CO Italia were on hand to help with the logistics of importing and shipping Phyllida Barlow’s large sculptural works as part of our ongoing role as supporters and logistics providers of the British Pavilion.

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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. 

 

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.
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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…