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23
Dec

Mtec News | #12daysofinstallation

It’s that time of year again when we look back our favourite projects of 2018 and we’ve had a tough call narrowing it down this year! Over the festive period we’ll be featuring 12 of our favourite projects across our social media channels and on our blog, so make sure you are following us on facebook, twitter, instagram or Linked In and if you’ve worked with us over the year and have a favourite of your own make sure you take us (@mtec0) and use the #12daysofinstallation hashtag.

Happy Holidays!

#12daysofinstallation 2018

  1. The Ash Project
  2. The Railway Tree
  3. Antony Gormley @ St Paul De Vence
  4. Hepworth Prize for Sculpture
  5. Poppies Tour in collaboration with 14:18NOW
  6. Frieze Sculpture Park 2018
  7. Gillian Wearing @ Parliament Sq.

More to come tomorrow….

 

23
Dec

Mtec News | A look back at 2018

This year has been one of unprecedented successes for Mtec as a company and has seen us travel wider, work harder and innovate further. As well as many professional challenges and achievements, we have had the honour working on many projects this year in a philanthropic capacity; something we have always strived for in our 25 years of business and hope to continue and expand upon in the years to come.Continue Reading…

15
Nov

#12daysofinstallation Mtec News | Hepworth Prize

Last night saw the second Hepworth Prize awarded to worthy winner, Cerith Wyn Evans. As proud sponsors of the Prize we were honoured to be in attendance at the Museum of the Year 2017 and hear from those involved in the award, as well as this year’s nominees. The prize itself is particularly dear to us as a company as the story of its origins and that of contemporary sculpture in Yorkshire is so intertwined with the story of Mtec and its growth over the last 25 years.Continue Reading…

12
Nov

#12daysofinstallation Mtec Installations | The Railway Tree – Newham Council

Mtec were contacted by long-standing colleagues Rupert Harris Conservation to assist in the relocation of Malcolm Robertson’s ‘The Railway Tree’ as part of the ongoing regeneration of Stratford Town Centre. Commissioned in 1996 as part of the Stratford City challenge the piece has had numerous episodes of renewed relevance throughout its life, especially with launch of Stratford International station and the hosting of London 2012.

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19
Oct

#12daysofinstallation Mtec Installations | Poppies @ IWM

Having been heavily involved in the logistics, transportation and installation at previous locations, such as YSP, Fort Nelson and Lincoln Castle, Mtec have had the honour of being involved in the final citing of ‘Poppies: Weeping Window’ and ‘Poppies: Wave’ at the Imperial War Museums London and Manchester, respectively.  Forming the last installment of a four-year journey, the Poppies will be in situ until Nov, 18. Mtec were in attendance at the unveiling of the London installation, which was originally part of ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London in 2014. Each of the several thousand hand-made ceramic poppies symbolise a life lost at the Front in WW1, making the final location for this installation, at both of the IWM museums, extremely fitting.

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18
Sep

#12daysofinstallation Mtec Installations | The Ash Project

September saw the unveiling of some stunning public sculpture in the Kent Downs as part of the Ash Project. The ash tree is the most common tree in the Kent Downs and the third most common tree throughout the UK, so in 2012 when ash dieback was first discovered, the loss to the KAOB was devastating. The Ash Project was borne in response to the impact of losing such a stalwart of the natural habitat, with the hope of raising awareness and protecting the legacy of these majestic and historic trees.

Mtec were tasked with the logistics and installation of a major new public artwork by Ackroyd & Harvey, commissioned by The Ash Project, to stand at White Horse Wood Country Park in the heart of the Kent Downs, Detling. The magnificent piece, which will remain until Sept 2020, acts as a poignant signpost to the multitude of talks, walks and events taking place as part of the wider project involving a range of partners throughout the county.

To find out more about the project please visit the Ash Project website.

11
Jul

#12daysofinstallation Mtec Installations | Antony Gormley @ St Paul De Vence

This #summerofsculpture has truly been an international one for Mtec and we are proud to have been involved in the first International Biennial of St Paul de Vence. The village, steeped in a history which has drawn artists to its walls, hosts 13 established artists and 4 emerging artists as part of free programme of events including a Fringe festival embracing the link between art and the iconic setting.

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04
Jul

#12daysoninstallation Mtec Artfairs | Frieze Sculpture Park 2018

Once again we have the honour of being heavily involved in Frieze Sculpture Park as complete art logistics providers, working with some of the world’s leading galleries to transport, install and pack a number of works belonging to the full contingent of 25 contemporary and modern sculptures. Two years after the decision was taken to extend the period for which the works will be on show in the park, the works will be installed at the beginning of July and remain until the end of the fair in October. Claire Lilley remains as curator of the park and, new for 2018, also lends her esteemed knowledge and voice to a new app and audio tour available throughout the park. Continue Reading…

08
May

#12days Mtec Installations | Millicent Fawcett @ Parliament Sq.

We are very proud to announce our involvement in the installation of Gillian Wearing’s Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Sq. The bronze is the first sculpture of a woman at the iconic site and also the first created by a female artist.

Following a campaign calling for a female subject to be installed in the square, Wearing went on to create a piece with touching, insightful detailing, including the incorporation of one of Fawcett’s own brooches which was scanned from an original belonging to the Fawcett Society and cast into bronze. The statue holds a sign which reads “Courage calls to courage everywhere”, taken from a speech she gave after the death of fellow campaigner Emily Wilding Davison at the 1913 Epsom Derby.Continue Reading…

09
Sep

Mtec Recommends… September 2016

The Autumn is upon us, and that means the busiest time of the year in the Art Calendar. Here’s our pick of September’s shows:

Sep, 8  – Oct, 22 2016 Marian Goodman Gallery – Giuseppe Penone: Fui, Sarò, Non Sono (I was, I will be, I am not)

Part of a two part exhibition, with a simultaneous show in Paris, the London element of Penone’s shows presents work which explore the relationship between the artist’s body and his surrounding ecosystem.


Sept, 15 – Dec, 17 2016 Gagosian, Mayfair – Richard Serra: DrawingsContinue Reading…

07
Sep

Great Fire 350

Last weekend saw a series of art events to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Highlights of the weekend included Martin Firrell’s ‘Fires Ancient and Modern’, which was projected onto the external dome of St. Paul’s cathedral, and David Best’s 120metre long sculpture of London which was set alight on the Thames on Sunday evening.Continue Reading…

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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