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30
Dec

New Year Newsletter 2021

A message from Dave Williams, founder of Mtec.

As New Year 2021 approaches, we were all hoping for a speedy recovery from the world pandemic and a smooth BREXIT transition in to 2021, a new horizon for the UK outside the EU, but more importantly not outside of Europe.

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13
Oct

What Next?

Lessons learned: how will Covid changes help logistics prepare for Brexit? - The Loadstar

I think it’s fair to say that most people and companies have had a difficult year so far, especially with the further onset of COVID 19 prolonging the enforced stay at home for most people.

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20
Apr

Mtec News | Covid-19 Pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

This month’s newsletter finds the world enduring the constraints of a World Pandemic not experienced since the Spanish flu in 1918 over 100 years ago.

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22
Mar

COVID-19 Update

Dear Valued Clients,

 You’ll have heard a lot about coronavirus recently and the effect it’s having across the world.

 With the unprecedented disruption the Coronavirus is causing, I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that Mtec is taking this matter extremely seriously and we have been closely monitoring updates on the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

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21
Feb

Mtec News | Climate Emergency Update – More urgent now than ever!

Early Adopters of Euro 6 Emission Technology

As many of our subscribers know back in 2013, we were early adopters of Euro 6 Emission technology. At this time many of our competitors were just starting to purchase the minimum Euro 5 Emissions engine standard. We worked hard to obtain our first Euro 6 vehicle from Mercedes Benz which reduced NO2 (nitrous oxide) to the smallest levels. This was two and a half years ahead of the legislation coming into place in September 2015. By the time the Euro 6 Emissions standard became mandatory and other shippers were starting to buy EURO 6, our fleet was already 99% compliant.

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08
Jul

Mtec News | Mtec Bursary @ Frieze Sculpture Park 2019

We are proud to announce that for the second year running Mtec are providing a bursary to emerging artists at Frieze Sculpture Park. Last year saw us sponsor the installation and de-installation of two works in the park, TREADPADS (2018) by James Capper and PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (2018) by Larry Achiampong, providing an opportunity for Hannah Barry Gallery and Copperfield Gallery to exhibit alongside other renowned galleries and institutions from across the globe.Continue Reading…

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…

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…