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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.

31
Aug

Several tons of lead stolen from Kiefer Studio

Anselm Kiefer has fallen victim to lead thieves for a second time. Burglars dismantled a large work, comprised of 10 tons of lead and 12 tons of marble, in the artist’s workshop in Croissy-Beaubourg. Although the value of the artwork far exceeds the value of the raw materials, the thieves made away with lead valued at over 1500EUR per ton. Despite security and police presence, they were succeeded by another group of opportunists who were apprehended leaving the area with leftover metal from the scene.Continue Reading…

30
Aug

Poignant installation at Chatsworth House

The stunning grounds of Chatsworth House have been transformed as part of the 11th annual ‘Beyond Limits’ show in collaboration with Sotheby’s. The contemporary, outdoor sculpture show is a highlight of the art calendar, and this year has a poignant centrepiece in the form of ‘Lilas’; the Serpentine Pavillion designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid.

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18
Aug

Ai Weiwei’s ‘S.A.C.R.E.D’

After the success of the recent project at Downing College, Cambridge, it was a pleasure to work with Ai Weiwei again, this time in Cuenca, Spain. As part of a series of events taking place across Spain to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Weiwei’s iconic work ‘S.A.C.R.E.D’ is currently being exhibited in the 12th century cathedral of the Spanish city. The work, which is comprised of 6 cells detailing the Artist’s famous incarceration, presented a complex set of logistical challenges as did the unique exhibition space.Continue Reading…

17
Aug

Hackney Wick Artists’ stronghold under threat

More than 100 artists and small businesses stand to lose their studios to make way for a pedestrian bridge across the adjacent canal. Vittoria Wharf in Hackney Wick is due to be demolished by developers who plan to build additional homes in the area once the bridge is in place. Hackney Wick has long been the epicentre of Contemporary Art in London, with the Chapman Brothers, Gavin Turk and others basing themselves in the area, along with many fabricators, storage facilities and transport companies. The move has been described by developers as one which will enhance the area and help to further develop a community which has blossomed since the area’s regeneration to coincide with the Olympics. However, those who oppose the plans for eviction and demolition (some 2,500 have so far signed a petition) argue that demolishing the Wharf on this basis is, by definition, removing the very community which it intends to enhance.

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11
Aug

Expansion of our Packing Department

Over the forthcoming months Mtec will be introducing a number of exciting developments within our Packing Department. We are embarking on a research program into the use of new materials and processes for Fine Art packing and crating. We are keen to explore and utilize methods and materials from many different industries, which we feel could be beneficial for our clients, their artworks and the processes involved with transportation, storage and installation. Research will be focused on longevity of packing and casing and,  as with all of our ongoing developments, will have the key company directive of ecology and sustainability of products and services at its heart.

Heading up the research will be our newly appointed Head of Packing, Ross Dixon.Continue Reading…

09
Aug

Support #teammtec at the Art Techlympics!

On Saturday 13th August, Mtec will be taking part in the first Art Tech Space ‘Art Techlympics’ at Bow Arts Trust. Teams will be competing across a series of 5 events in a point based competition modelled on the Art Handler Olympics that held every 4 years in New York (http://www.ahonyc.com/), and, of course, #teammtec are going for Gold! Events include ‘The Hand of God’ – a timed, one-handed removal of the Art Handler’s best friend: the rubber glove, and we’ve been hard at work training for the day.

With music, food (supplied by Bexley Brewery Ltd, Steve’s Kitchen BBQ and more) and a chance to catch up with our colleagues and friends it promises to be a great day all round, and there are only a handful of spectator tickets left, so head to www.arttechlympics.uk to buy yours!

 

 

02
Aug

Mtec Recommends… August 2016

Traditionally one of the quietest months in the art calendar, August may not be full of exhibition openings but there are some great events and opportunities to explore this Summer…

Aug, 5 2016 Tate Britain – Late at Tate Britain: Rang Baranga

Taking inspiration from Rasheed Araeen‘s colourful sculpture, this late evening opening serves as a celebration of Summer, with music, food and activities to get you in the Summer spirit!


 

Aug, 11 2016 Whitechapel Gallery – Curator’s Tour: Keith Sonnier

Join Assistant Curator Habda Rashid for a tour of ‘Light Works’, the latest exhibition of neon installations by Keith Sonnier.

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29
Jul

De-installing in Doha…

Two of our project managers have been in Doha at the QM Gallery ALRAWIQ this week de-installing the 8 x 12 metre, 40 tonne sculpture ‘Freedom’ by Peng Yu & Sun Yuan. The piece, which was part of Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture, is comprised of a fire hose, on full blast, flailing wildly within the confines of the steel structure. You can see ‘Freedom’ in situ in the below video.

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26
Jul

RA to exhibit groundbreaking 3D Scanner

In September the RA will unveil a new, groundbreaking exhibit in the form of the Veronica Chorographic scanner. Developed by the Factum Foundation, the scanner (which was originally created for medical purposes) gives a highly accurate facsimile of the sitter, which will then be printed as 3D life-size busts. Visitors will also receive an electronic file containing the 3D scan of themselves.

Adam Lowe and Manuel Franquelo, founders of Factum, describe the scanner as a “wart and all” objective view of the self, free from the subjective interpretation of the sculptor. It takes just 4 seconds to take 96 high resolution images from every angle which go on to form the 3 million polygons of the final 3d image. We can’t wait to see it in action!

For more information on the scanner and its place in the RA click here.

14
Jul

RIBA Stirling Prize 2016

Damien Hirst’s Newport St Gallery has been shortlisted for this years RIBA Stirling Prize for contribution to architecture in 2016. The gallery is one of six projects nominated, including the newly redeveloped Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle and the restoration of the Bodleian’s Weston library.

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