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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.

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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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07
Apr

Our commitment to a Green Fleet

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This month saw the addition of another Mercedes-Benz Actros to our large and versatile fleet. This extremely green asset, to our already environmentally clean inventory of vehicles, means that we are now 99% EURO 6 according to European emission standards and are committed to being one of the “Greenest” fleets of vehicles in London.

The latest Actros truck is slightly smaller than our other model, giving us greater manoeuvrability around the city streets. The vehicle has an internal length of 9m, width of 2.4m and internal height of 3m, with a 3Tonne tail lift and the capacity to have a courier seat in the cab. As with all of our fleet, it has built in tracker so we can monitor locations at all time for security and keep our clients aware of their cargos progress.

If you would like to learn more about our any of our fleet or have any questions about the environmental or logistical credentials of our fleet then please drop us an email (info@mtecfreightgroup.com)

01
Mar

Shipping Update: Artfairs and Consolidated Shipments

Following the development’s we featured in last month’s blog, our Shipping department has been planning ahead for the next quarter and utilising the new resources and processes put in place by the expanded team. February has been just as busy as January with shipments travelling by air and see to artfairs in Hong Kong, Mexico, Geneva, New York and Dubai, as well as various large scale projects. March sees consolidated shipments leaving for Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo. Both destinations are via art truck to Europe for direct main deck service with airport supervision.

Looking further ahead, as well as our dedicated Shipping Mailouts (which you can subscribe to here) we will be sending quarterly Artfair Updates which will give our clients and partners a heads-up for consolidated shipments leaving for Artfairs across the globe. This will give our customers a chance to utilize competitive transport options as well as book our experienced technicians for on-site installation assistance and project management at the fairs. The first of these updates will be sent out later this month where we will be focusing on consolidated shipments to Frieze NY, Miart and ArtBasel.

We are already taking bookings for these fairs now that the season of art fairs is in full swing. If you would like quotations to manage your art fair logistics or have any questions, please contact edward@mtecfreightgroup.com

29
Feb

KAWS @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park

We spent much of the cold, blustery January amidst the Yorkshire Countryside, and although it might have felt at times like we had drawn the short straw (especially when compared to colleagues who were working in locations like the Jeddah Peninsula in Saudi Arabia!), the end result made it an invaluable experience.  We had previously installed work by KAWS at Frieze Sculpture park but installing these hauntingly beautiful works at YSP, in the artist’s first major UK exhibition, was a unique and rewarding experience. YSP have commissioned this brilliant video which shows the installation of ‘SMALL LIE’ (2013) where you can see our project managers and technicians at work. The 10-metre tall sculpture can be seen with other works in the park as well as a collection of paintings and smaller sculpture in the Longside Gallery until Jun, 12 2016.

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02
Feb

Developments in our Shipping Department

As the first of many exciting changes planned for the coming months, our Shipping Department has expanded to include two new team members.

This is the first time in Mtec’s 30 year history that we have had a department whose sole purpose is to focus on Shipping; giving Mtec an opportunity to further improve our standards and offer clients greater flexibility and cost effectiveness.

Firstly, Mtec warmly welcomes Edward Naish, as Associate Director in our Shipping Department. Edward gained experience as an Account Manager for a leading London fine art shipper and, for the past 4 years, has been Senior Registrar for a commercial gallery with spaces in Mayfair, Berlin and New York.

Mtec is also joined by Christian Aspen, who coming from MTAB in Norway, is no stranger to the recent cold. Christian established air and road cargo at the MTAB Oslo branch for 8 years, prior to which he was at DHL.

The new team look forward to working with our loyal, existing clients and building on those trusted relationships by reducing response times and offering competitively priced rates for air, sea and road shipments. Within their first 4 weeks the team have serviced client art fair shipments to NY, HK, Mexico and Geneva. One of the ways we are looking to begin implementing these changes immediately is by the introduction of regular Consolidated Shipment mailouts.

We hope to build a Shipping specific database, whose subscribers will be emailed with details of incoming and outgoing shipments which are open to part-load with details of dates, destinations and any other relevant information.

If you would like to be added to the next Shipping specific database then click here

If you have any other queries or questions regarding shipping then please just email either Edward (edward@mtecfreightgroup.com) or Christian (christian@mtecfreightgroup.com).

30
Jan

#12days a review of 2015

Over Christmas we ran our #12daysofinstallation and campaigns on our Facebook and Instagram profiles. Gathering together images of our most used (and loved) bits of kit and deciding which installations to include was a great way for us to look back on our most successful year to date. Our social media platforms have grown into a great way to share the work that we do, and also engage with those whom we have been working (remember to tag us or use one of our hashtags if you post something featuring our work).

If you are due to work with us on a project in 2016 don’t hesitate to ask our team about our profiles in order for us to mutually share news, media and updates about our collaborative projects.

 

22
Dec

Merry Christmas from Mtec

As 2016 comes to a close it feels like an apt time to express our thanks and goodwill to all of those we have worked with over the past year. Mtec has continued to grow and evolve (more details of which will feature in our January newsletter) and that will always be, in part, due to the challenges and projects contracted to us by our clients, both new and long-standing. We look forward to working with you all again during a successful 2016 and continuing to develop our skills and services in order to remain at the top of our field.
Below you will find details of our closure dates and contact details and make sure you keep an eye on our #12daysofinstallation and #12daysoftoolsofthetrade campaigns 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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22
Dec

#12daysofinstallation #12daysoftoolsofthetrade

If you’re on Instagram make sure you are following us (@mtec0) over the Christmas period. From Dec, 25 to Jan, 5 we will be running two campaigns for the #12daysofchristmas one showing you our favourite bits of art handling and installation kit and the other highlighting some of our favourite projects from 2015.

If you have images of work we have carried out for you or have spotted us mid-installation then be sure to tag us or use either #12daysofinstallation or #12daysoftoolsofthetrade

30
Nov

Returns from Venice Biennale begin

Venice Biennale, “All the World’s Futures” closed on Nov, 22 meaning our partners in Venice, MA-CO have been extremely hard at work.

As well as works returning to other European destinations, we have 10 consolidated trailers making their way back to the UK in the next two weeks and we’ve purchased 2 new step-frame trailers to deal with the job. Each of these trailers has an interior height of 3.1m making it easier for us to load oversize works and cases.

These new additions mean that our fleet has now grown to include 23 trailers in total, all of which have air-ride. We are always looking for ways to diversify the range of transport options we can offer in solution to our clients bespoke needs and therefore also have climate-controlled options in two of our trailers as well as 100 cubic metres of space in our Mega Euroliner.

Teams at all three of our sites will be busy overseeing these inward shipments both from a logistical and administrative perspective including storage, onward shipment and any additional casing requirements which will be carried out at our onsite workshop.

30
Nov

Subodh Gupta – “When Soak Becomes Spill”

In October we had the pleasure of working with the artist Subodh Gupta and the Victoria & Albert Museum on both the fabrication and installation of “When Soak Becomes Spill”. The 6m high sculpture will remain on Exhibition Rd, SW7 until 31 January 2016 as part of the V&A’s India Festival.

On receipt of the pre-fabricated bucket, Mtec worked closely with the artist to create sections of welded utensils, which had been shipped from India. These sections were then welded together by our team ready for installation on-site. Working directly with artists from the conception of an idea, through to fabrication, shipping and installation is an exciting process and something we always relish the chance to do. This process has been captured in the above film (commissioned by the V&A) which shows our team at work both at our storage facility in Ware and during installation on Exhibition Rd.

As always we’d love to see your images with “When Soak Becomes Spill”  so be sure to tag us (@mtec0) or use the hashtag #mtec0

When Soak Becomes Spill by Subodh Gupta, (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

29
Oct

Articheck Event – Making in the Age of Art Commerce

Mtec Project Manager, Paul Embleton, will be speaking from 6pm on Nov, 4 at White Cube, Bermondsey as part of an event organised by Articheck.

The evening includes an exhibition tour followed by a conversation about the relationship between Contemporary Art and its materialistic challenges. Paul will be presenting and answering questions about the use of unconventional materials and equipment for artwork installation, shipping and packing.

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