Tag: Project Management

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…

02
May

Mtec Installations | Antony Gormley 3X Another Time | University of East Anglia

Last month we had the pleasure of installing ‘3X ANOTHER TIME’ by Antony Gormley at the University of East Anglia. The installation forms part of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art’s initiative to add to their already impressive collection of sculpture on campus and develop a renowned sculpture park at the site.

The installation was captured in a time-lapse video which shows #teammtec at work at the University. The pieces were installed in three locations chosen by Gormley to emphasise the relationship between the original University buildings and the openness of the campus as well as the way they engage with the life of the University. They will form part of an extended sculpture trail around the campus, which UEA hope will create an experience that attracts visitors on a unique cultural day out.

To find out more about the works and how to visit, visit the Sainsbury Centre’s website.

 

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…

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…

12
Jul

Conrad Shawcross’ – ‘Paradigm’

Earlier on in the year we had the honour of installing Conrad Shawcross’ ‘Paradigm’ at the Francis Crick Institute in London. Commissioned by both the Institute and the Wellcome Trust ‘Paradigm’ was selected as part of a collaboration between the Crick and Artwise Curators and is inspired by Thomas Kuhn’s theory that scientific discovery is not a linear process but the result of several shifts in thinking which lead to series of breakthroughs.Continue Reading…

09
May
05
May

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.

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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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