Mtec News | Behind the Art with Art Tech Space

With our new Gallery Services facility up and running, we have grasped the opportunity presented by art handling and technical resource, Art Tech Space,  to host one of their events. On Wednesday 21st March at 6:30pm we’ll be opening the doors to our Enfield warehouse to host ‘Behind the Art with Mtec’. ‘Behind the Art’ gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the workings of an art warehouse and the opportunity to learn about the work Mtec carry out directly from our Director of Gallery Services, Paul Embleton.

Entry to the event is by ticket only and includes time for informal chat and questions. All in attendance will be required to sign a non-disclosure upon entry into the warehouse.

You can get your ticket here.


Mtec Installations | Jenny Holzer @ Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Perhaps one of the most challenging installations of 2017 is now complete. After 3 months of 13 hour days, our team of 8 specialist technicians returned from Abu Dhabi having installed Jenny Holzer’s monumental commission ‘For Louvre Abu Dhabi’.

The artwork, comprises of 328 panels, with a combined weight of over 118 tonnes and requires an extreme level of accuracy in installation; Continue Reading…


Turner Prize 2016: Shortlist Announced

Last week saw the announcement of this year’s Turner Price shortlist. This year’s nominees include Michael Dean, the only male artist, Anthea Hamilton, whose piece, ‘Project for Door (After Gaetano Pesce’, appears to have been selected as this year’s poster child for the prize (thanks to the rather large buttocks which take centre stage), and London based Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.

The Prize sees a return, after recent years which contained a heavy element of conceptual and filmic works, to more ‘traditional’ mediums, with a strong, sculptural contingent.

You can read more about the individual nominees here.


Lisson Gallery opens in New York

Last week saw the opening of Lisson Gallery, New York with the inaugural show by Carmen Herrera, which runs until Jun, 11).  The New York gallery becomes the third Lisson Gallery space, alongside their prominent galleries in London and Milan. We have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Lisson Gallery since the beginnings of Mtec and wish them every success with their new space and program of exhibitions.

To find out more about the forthcoming shows at Lisson Gallery, New York please visit their website.



Turner Contemporary – Seeing Round Corners

We are honoured to have been assigned as shippers for Turner Contemporary’s forthcoming show, ‘Seeing Round Corners’, featuring works by Barry Flanagan, Anish Kapoor, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash, David Batchelor, Richard Long and Ben Nicholson, amongst others. The show explores how artists have responded to phenomenon of the circle and draws on a wealth of concepts and subjects from the atomic and the cosmic, geometry and optics, to time, rotation and visual perception.

To read more about the show, which opens on Sat, May, 21 you can read the official press release on the Turner Contemporary website.

Turner Contemporary is a Registered Charity and relies on the support and patronage of those who donate to continue their ongoing work. You can donate and pledge your support here.


ArcelorMittal Orbit

Last week saw Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler open their collaborative slide at the Arcelor Mittal Orbit, and tickets go on sale for the first public descents, which will be made on June, 24. The world’s tallest tunnel slide, at 80 metres, allows views for 20 miles across London whilst you await your descent and at 42p per second and speeds up to 15mph the slide is guaranteed to be an unparalleled experience. and a few of us will definitely be heading down as soon as it opens.

For more information on the project you can read about the opening here and visit the Olympic Park website to pre-book your tickets.




V&A Engineering Season

From June, 18 – Nov, 6 2016 the V&A will be holding a number of events and exhibitions for their Engineering Season which highlights engineers as the ‘unsung heroes of design’. Mtec will be installing the Elytra Filament Pavillion, designed by architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Aterm which opens on May, 18.

The Pavilion will grow over the course of the Season in response to data on structural behaviour and patterns of inhabitation of the Garden and visitors will have the opportunity to witness the Pavilion’s construction as new cells are fabricated in-situ by a Kuka robot.

Other events include a celebration of British Engineering in London and an exhibition covering the legacy of Ove Arup’s life’s work.




With the warmer Spring weather on its way we want you to keep your eyes peeled for our teams installing across the country. We often come across photos of our teams installing works at various sites and galleries and love seeing our work in progress, so if you spot us at work or are organising a project that we are working on and take a snap, please make sure that you tag us (@mtec0) or use one of our installation hashtags (#installedbymtec or #bigsculpturesolidteam). In addition, if we are working for you and you would like us to promote a project, installation or exhibition please let us know!

Above are a selection of some of the projects which are already part of #installedbymtec or #bigsculpturesolidteam collection. Don’t forget to follow us on instagram and twitter (@mtec0) for regular updates.


Our commitment to a Green Fleet


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 (


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