News

10
Apr

Mtec Installations | Barry Flanagan @ New Art Centre

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.

Back in December 2017 we were asked to project manage the relocation of the piece at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury. Despite the repositioning of the work being within the same site, full provisions had to be made to move the delicate piece, the largest version made by the artist at 10m tall, to avoid any damage. The risk of flex and thus damage to the sculpture is further increased by the need to move the sculpture in its horizontal position. Due to this, and the size of the work, a bespoke travel frame was fabricated to maintain rigidity in the sculpture across its length specifically.

Having worked on the original installation of the work 15 years ago it was an honour be trusted with relocating the work and we look forward to being tasked with any further projects involving ‘Acrobats’, Barry Flanagan’s work and the New Art Centre in the future.

Further stunning images of the work in situ can be found both on the New Art Centre (@new_art_centre) and Barry Flanagan’s estate (@barryflanaganestate) on Instagram.

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03
Apr

Mtec Services | Artfairs 2018

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…

11
Mar

Mtec Installations | Sir Anthony Caro @ Church of Saint Jean-Baptiste, Bourbourg

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…

26
Feb

Mtec Services | New custom vehicles arriving soon

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.

The first of our two new acquisitions will be utilised both in the UK and Europe. Due to its compact size when compared to our other vehicles, the van will be used to reduce client costs and increase the accessibility for inner city jobs or those in more complex locations. Continue Reading…

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.

 

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.