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06
Jun

Mtec Installations | ‘Three Degrees’ @ New Square, West Bromwich

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…

08
May

Mtec Installations | Scott Polar Institute

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.

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27
Mar

Mtec Installations | Barbara Hepworth @ St Alban’s Museum and Art Gallery

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…

13
Feb

Mtec News | Mtec Italia S.R.L

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…

08
May

Mtec Artfairs | Basel 2017

Mtec’s fine art vehicles will be loading to leave the UK on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June. Collecting works enroute in Antwerp, Cologne and Paris we’ll be arriving in Basel on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th June.

Mtec’s Sculpture and picture technicians will be available onsite throughout should you need assistance on booth or at Unlimited.

For estimate requests email artfairs@mtecfreightgroup.com and Carola Quirico will revert with a competitive offer.

Art Basel, Messeplatz Basel

Thursday 15th June – Sunday 18th June 

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.

02
May

Mtec Installations | Antony Gormley 3X Another Time | University of East Anglia

Last month we had the pleasure of installing ‘3X ANOTHER TIME’ by Antony Gormley at the University of East Anglia. The installation forms part of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art’s initiative to add to their already impressive collection of sculpture on campus and develop a renowned sculpture park at the site.

The installation was captured in a time-lapse video which shows #teammtec at work at the University. The pieces were installed in three locations chosen by Gormley to emphasise the relationship between the original University buildings and the openness of the campus as well as the way they engage with the life of the University. They will form part of an extended sculpture trail around the campus, which UEA hope will create an experience that attracts visitors on a unique cultural day out.

To find out more about the works and how to visit, visit the Sainsbury Centre’s website.

 

24
Apr

Mtec Installations | ‘The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, but not the Mineral Rights’ @ Cass Sculpture Foundation

Spring has sprung and it has seen #teammtec installing in some stunning settings around the country and worldwide. This month saw #teammtec install Jake and Dinos Chapman’s epic corten steel trio: ‘The Good’, ‘The Bad’ and ‘The Ugly’. The installation took place in the stunning woodland setting of Cass Sculpture Foundation within the Goodwood Estate, West Sussex. The sculptures spearhead a wider exhibition including the installation “Two Legs Bad, Four Legs Good’ and both pieces can be seen until 16th December.

If you visit be sure to tag @mtec0 and @jakeanddinos in any of your images!

 

30
Mar

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.
  • Face-to-face interaction with clients.

Good IT skills are an essential part of the role as well as experience in handling artwork. Attention to detail and ability to prioritise is key, as well as being able to work independently and as part of a team. Forklift and full UK Driving license preferable.

This will be a demanding, hands on role working for a very exciting company.

Salary negotiable depending on experience.

Please send CV and brief covering letter to David Raimondo: davidraimondo@mtecfreightgroup.com

You can read more about our state-of-the-art Viewing Room facility here

 

 

21
Mar

Mtec Exhibitions | The Hepworth Wakefield & JW Anderson

Last week saw the opening of ‘Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson curates the Hepworth Wakefield’, earmarked as one of this year’s ‘must-see’ exhibitions. As sponsors, we were lucky enough to attend the preview dinner which saw JW Anderson give an inspiring speech introducing his unique curation of personal sculptures with notable fashion pieces.  The public opening, the following evening, was marked by an open party with DJ and drinks.

Throughout the exhibition there are a number of associated events including a pop-up event at Trinity Walk, Wakefield with a chance to create wearable sculptures and other fashion themed activities. You can find out more about this and other events here.

The exhibition is complimented by a beautifully produced catalogue and a unique edition of 20 framed pieces by the fashion designer, which you can buy here.

 

10
Mar

Mtec Jobs | Carola Quirico to join Mtec as Artfair Manager

“I strongly believe that galleries should consider Mtec as a natural extension of their Registrars/Art Fairs teams, knowing they can always count on Mtec’s availability to support their activities at 360 degrees” Carola Quirico

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Carola Quirico as our new Artfair Manager. With the addition of this dedicated role, we aim to provide our clients with tailored services throughout all stages of the Artfair including planning, designing, shipping, installing, customs advice, de-installing and taking care of post sales client services.

Carola comes from a strong shipping background, first joining the Registrar department at Massimo De Carlo in September 2009 and progressing to Global Head Registrar in 2016. During her time at the gallery Carola supervised logistics across all four of the gallery’s exhibition spaces in Milan, London and Hong Kong, including internal and external exhibition movements, client services and, of course, art fairs. She was also instrumental in heading up teams at all four sites including the set-up and expansion of the recently opened Hong Kong Gallery.

We look forward to welcoming Carola into our team and introducing her to our clients and colleagues over the coming weeks. For any further information on our Artfair services or to get in touch with Carola please email info@mtecfreightgroup.com

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.