News

17
Nov

Mtec Shipping | 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.

A Victorian Royal Academian, George Frederic Watts OM (1817–1904) was the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and his works helped to form the collections of the Tate and National Portrait Gallery in their infancy. As a sculptor in the Victorian age, Watts created several iconic public commissions throughout his career and his ambition to revive the question monument led to personal commissions for members of the British aristocracy. ‘Physical Energy’ is a great example of how his private work served to act as a cumulative study for his ambitious public projects, and after initial posthumous presentation in the RA courtyard in 1904, further casts were shipped and show in Cape Town, Harare and closer to home in Kensington Gardens.In 2017, the Watts Gallery Trust commissioned this fourth bronze cast of Physical Energy to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Watts. Following its presentation at the RA, the cast will be installed permanently at the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in Compton, Surrey.

The work is being exhibited in the Annenburg Courtyard, Royal Academy of the Arts in collaboration with the Watts Gallery Trust and will be on display from Nov, 20 2017 – Mar, 30 2018

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10
Oct

Mtec Artfair | Frieze and FIAC

This year Mtec had its largest presence ever at Frieze Masters and Frieze London. In terms of number of vehicles going to and from the site, picture hangers and sculpture technicians on booths and the number of clients appointing Mtec to represent them, it was our busiest fair yet! We were also busy working on other projects around the South-East to coincide with the fair as well as working on client installations at our state-of-the-art viewing facilities close to London.

Our technical team were on hand to take on any last-minute jobs associated with the fair and our dedicated Artfair shipping team were ready to turn around estimate requests, making us a one-stop logistics solution for our colleagues, partners and clients. Our specialist vehicles were at LHR most mornings of the week of the fair for expedite deliveries into and out of town. In terms of consolidated transport, within the week following the fair, Mtec had two large art trucks leaving London for Europe; one serving Paris and Italy, and the other Liege and LUX airports and onto Switzerland.

This year also saw the introduction of our very own client wheels! Galleries and clients were able to borrow our MTEC bicycles to travel both onsite and between the fairsContinue 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.

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28
Jun

David Hockney at the Royal Academy

Hockney is back at the RA, and with a monumental show to say the least. 82 portraits and 1 still-life sees the influential painter return to the academy for the first time since his departure from his Yorkshire homeland and his return to the LA arts scene. The exhibition documents his exploration of portraiture, following a study of his studio manager, via a series of subjects including friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. Perhaps the most striking element of the series is the uniform size and setting of each of the portraits, helping to unify the group in stunning fashion, something only further cemented when we learn that all pieces in the show were completed in just three days of sittings!

For more information on the show please visit the Royal Academy website here.

Also showing at the RA is this year’s Summer Exhibition which you can read more about here.

‘David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life’ runs from Jul, 2 – Oct, 2 2016.

20
Jun

Sculpture in the City 2016

Whilst last week’s Art News was dominated (and quite rightly so) by the opening of the Tate’s Switch House, another art calendar staple was beginning to take shape on the other side of the Thames: Sculpture in the City 2016.

Mtec have been busy installing works around the City of London over the last two weeks including pieces by Mat Collishaw, Ugo Rondinone and Sarah Lucas and are again proud sponsors of the program.

You can keep up-to-date with the installations by following @sculpturecity and @mtec0 on twitter, and via the hashtags #installedbymtec & #sculptureinthecity. If you see us at work make sure you tag us too!

Sculpture in the City 2016 runs from Jun, 28 and more information can be found at the Sculpture in the City website.

(all images courtesy of @sculpturecity (twitter.com/sculpturecity))

16
Jun

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Reporting from the Front’ is now in full swing. Opening on May, 28th the exhibition has a strong social focus, exploring the economic, political and environmental elements of architecture. Prominent offerings include Norman Foster’s ‘Droneports’ designed to deliver important aid, medical supplies and the like to remote areas in need and the Polish pavilion which highlights construction workers and the immigration issues surrounding their work abroad.

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13
Jun

Ai Weiwei @ Downing College

This week we have had a team  at Downing College, Cambridge installing Ai Weiwei’s Trees at the Heong Gallery. The major installation, outside of the gallery’s entrance, is part of the major exhibition ‘Trees and Cubes’, which runs from Jun, 17 – Oct, 9. You can watch a live stream of us installing the works in the run up to Tuesday’s opening at the Downing College website here

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10
Jun

Mtec & the Tate

This month sees the grand opening of ‘The Switch House’, the 20,700 sq m (222,813 sq ft) extension to the Tate Modern. We thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on our history working with the Tate on a variety of projects and locations, so here are our favourite moments from over the years:

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07
Jun

New Viewing Room facility

We are pleased to announce that phase 1 of our new Gallery Viewing Spaces is now complete at our Enfield facility. Based 30-40 minutes from Central London we have created a fully climate-controlled, lockable viewing space, suitable for the installation and photography of 2D and 3D artworks.  Set within 20,000sq.ft of storage space, and with a large external access shutter (approx. 4 x 4m), we are able to store and install large-scale pieces all at the same location.

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01
Jun

Mtec Recommends… June 2016

The summer has begun and here are our exhibition recommendations: some staples of the art calendar and some new and exciting additions.

May, 28 – Sep, 4 2016 Lincoln Castle – Poppies:Wave

Lincoln Castle becomes the second venue to host this monumental work by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. With it’s rich history and strong ties with World War One, Lincoln proves to be an inspirational setting for this breathtaking and emotive work.


 

Jun, 10 – Oct, 9 2016 Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses – Various Artists

This year the Serpentine Pavilion is joined by a series of Summer Houses which all take inspiration from the park’s rich history. You can read more about the individual Summer Houses and this year’s pavilion (designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)) here.

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29
May

Silver FORS Accreditation

Last year we announced that our fleet had been awards Bronze FORS accreditation and we’re proud to announce that another year on, following an additional audit, we have been upgraded to Silver accredited status. You can read more about the process of accreditation here.

Our commitment to our fleet, whether it be our green credentials, sending our drivers on and technicians on Safer Urban Driving Courses, or the additional safety measures we retro fit to our vehicles, is one of our main priorities and we are constantly looking for ways we can expand, improve and develop from an environmental, health & safety and of course fine-art logistics perspective.

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27
May

Mtec Jobs – Head of Packing

We have an exciting opportunity for a forward thinking, experienced individual to head up our packing department. You will have proven experience in all aspects of art packing and handling with an in-depth knowledge of all types of fine art handling and packing processes. We are looking for someone who will be able to develop the department and establish it as one of the industry leaders.

The job is based in the town of Ware which is 24miles from central London in the Hertfordshire country side.

Please contact: paulembleton@mtecfreightgroup.com

26
May

Royal Academy Summer Show 2016

Installation for this years Royal Academy Summer Show is now well underway and we’ve been busy installing Ron Arad‘s monumental work ‘Spyre’ in the Academy’s Courtyard. The constantly moving sculpture has a built-in camera which is constantly recording the sculptures surroundings, watching those observing the piece and the surrounding space. You can view a video of the piece, shot by Arad’s studio here.

This week we uploaded a video of us installing the piece on our Instagram account and Arad spoke from his studio about the piece for the RA, which you can read here.

If you see us installing don’t forget to tag us (@mtec0) or use the hashtag #installedbymtec.