EU Import Advice

11 Mar 2021

Do I need an EORI number to transport an artwork into/from outside the EU? In the transport of artworks or cultural goods, businesses who are importing into Ireland from outside the EU will always need an EORI number. This is an identification number used in all customs procedures. As an individual importing artwork(s) from outside the EU, your PPS number will suffice. If you are looking to import any artworks or heritage items from outside the EU, you will need to provide Maurice Ward Art Handling with your EORI number or PPS number. Check out for more information on how you can obtain your EORI number. Having this information at the ready will facilitate any customs procedures for the safe and smooth transport of your cultural goods. As a customs broker and transport provider to the cultural sector, Maurice Ward Art Handling deal with customs...

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Meet the Team - Margarita

26 Jan 2021

Margarita Vásquez Cárdenas joined Maurice Ward Art Handling in January 2019. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, she is an interdisciplinary artist & arts manager. Margarita has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (2002), an MFA in Painting from Ohio University, USA (2008 – Fulbright Scholarship) and an MA in Cultural Policy & Art Management, UCD, Ireland (2014). Having lived in various locations around the world and working with the non-profit and corporate sectors, her experience within the arts and project management are key assets for engagement with our clients and the care needed for their art collections. She works closely with our Operations Team and engages with clients, current and prospective, on different levels. Primarily she ensures our offering of specialised art handling services is communicated effectively through our website and social media presence. ‘Our communications should become a reference point for the nuances involved in specialised art handling...

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Decanting the ‘Dead Zoo’

8 Sep 2020

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History is a much beloved space for young and old in Ireland. Built in 1856 it has fantastic exhibitions and a collection that is both rare and invaluable to our knowledge of the world around us, past and present. Under the National Museum of Ireland’s Master Plan, the Dead Zoo, as it is colloquially referred to by many, and its historical building is due for repair and renovation. As part of the first projects to take place, the Victorian glass roof will need to be repaired and renovated. These renovations will accommodate for the contemporary use of the building as well as the protection and preservation of specimens exhibited within the building. In order to safely accomplish this architectural task, all vulnerable collections and furniture within the building’s upper balconies will need to be removed and transferred to a safe location over...

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Workplace Procedures in Response to Covid-19

8 Jun 2020

Maurice Ward technicians and drivers are formally trained in the areas of artwork assessment, manual handling and install techniques. Our team are highly experienced in applying these skills in a range of workplace situations including commercial, gallery, museum and residential settings. All staff have been formally briefed on practicing safe methods of working and social distancing in relation to Covid-19 since February 2020, when Maurice Ward issued office staff, technicians and drivers with stringent in-house guidelines based on The World Health Organisation and the Irish Government. Our workplace procedures are in place to safeguard the safety, health and welfare of staff, client representatives and the public, along with the co-operation required from clients to achieve this. These procedures are based on Governmental guidelines. In addition, the general procedural protocols that are applied, are also responsive to specific client requirements based on their own organisational or site-specific requirements. Please contact us directly...

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Our business in safe hands

27 Apr 2020

Established in 1968, Maurice Ward & Co. Ltd. is a private limited company located in Ireland. We are a second-generation business that for over 50 years have provided global freight forwarding, secure international transport, warehousing, logistics and customs clearance solutions to a range of industries. In 2008 the Directors, due to their involvement and interest in the Contemporary Visual Arts, as well as, a demand from clients, set up a business unit engaged in fine art handling and transport. Maurice Ward Art Handling is an internationally accredited fine art logistics company that on a daily basis works with private collectors, museums, and galleries. In 2009, we wanted our business to attract more customers and become the leading name in art handling. Realising the importance of brand awareness, we were on the hunt for a designer or design firm that could assist with our goals. We spoke with various designers and through friends, we were...

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Meet the Team - Antoinette

21 Nov 2019

Introducing Antoinette Emoe, our Head Art Technician here at Maurice Ward Art Handling since 2016. She is a highly experienced art handler and technician. Antoinette has been working behind the scenes in museums, galleries, biennials and with corporate and private clients for over 18 years. With Maurice Ward, she set up the Premium Install Team and oversees our growing team of 30 art technicians. Antoinette has a Bachelor’s in Fine Art Painting from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). She began her art handling career in the RHA Gallery where she quickly moved from being part of the technical crew to acting as Head Technician. Her love of travelling led her to relocate to Melbourne, Australia where she worked and gained a valuable insight into the art scene there. She also acted as an Art Technician for the largest commercial gallery, the Anna Schwartz Gallery, and worked in one of the city’s...

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Requesting an Estimate?

7 Nov 2019

If you are looking to transport an artwork, exhibition or collection of artworks/objects, budgetary concerns are probably at the top of your list along with the safe and secure handling of your precious items. On a daily basis, Maurice Ward Art Handling provides clients, old and new, with a breakdown of costs for all of our services: - Local and international transport - Short and long-term storage - Installation/Deinstallation and condition reporting - Packing and crating solutions - Project management - Customs clearance procedures - Inventory and collection management In order to provide an accurate estimate for every job we deliver, we need specific information from you. Clear and precise details from the beginning of an estimate request, will ensure we come back to you with a comprehensive value that meets your needs. Here are a couple of tips on what to include in your email requests to...

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Meet the Team - Luciane

5 Sep 2019

This week we meet Luciane Donadel, the newest member of our Fine Art Shipping team in the Dublin office. Originally from an Italian background, Luciane was born in Franca, Brazil having lived abroad on multiple occasions, before arriving in Ireland in 2018. She studied Law initially and holds an MBA in Business and International Logistics from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Ribeirao Preto. In Brazil, her family were involved in the leather shoe industry and she learnt her business skills from an early age. Luciane’s passion for international trading and logistics began when she was an exchange student in Adelaide, South Australia. Logistics, for Luciane, is about carrying the right product, in perfect condition from and to the right places, at the appropriate times and in the best way possible. Luciane has more than 20 years’ experience with international logistics projects in the shoe industry and as a freight forwarder in...

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Meet the Team - Brian

23 Jul 2019

Introducing Brian Hegarty, one of our Art Handlers and Art Technicians based in our Dublin office. Brian is from Dublin but lives in Drogheda, County Louth with his wife and two young children. After obtaining a degree in Printmaking from (DIT) College of Marketing & Design Brian worked as a scenic artist for the Abbey Theatre for over seven years as well as working on sets for the Wexford Opera Festival and the Gate Theatre amongst others. His experience in handling artworks started in the Royal Hibernian Academy and later in the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Ireland. He is a practicing artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has works in private and public collections. His most recent solo exhibition ‘I’ll be your mirror’ was selected for the Ashford Gallery, RHA (2016). He also runs ‘thirtythree-45’ a multi-platform art project that produces...

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Butler Gallery announces partnership with Maurice Ward Art Handling to support Evans’ Home Capital Campaign

16 Jul 2019

Butler Gallery is delighted to announce a three-year €15,000 partnership with Maurice Ward Art Handling. The partnership, which runs until 2021 will help sustain the Butler Gallery’s many exhibition and learning programme events and activities as it moves to the historic Evans’ Home in spring 2020. With an estimated 65,000 visitors expected annually by 2021, Butler Gallery and Maurice Ward Art Handling are committed to ensuring great art is enjoyed and accessed by as many visitors as possible. Maurice Ward Art Handling is an important part of the Maurice Ward organisation which has a long history of providing Fine Art logistic solutions as well as global freight forwarding, warehousing and customs clearance services. Welcoming the multi-year partnership Mary McLoughlin, Director of Maurice Ward Art Handling said “Butler Gallery is an important exhibition and educational space with a local and international focus in the contemporary arts. Maurice Ward is proud to sponsor the Butler Gallery...

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Leopold Bloom Art Award 2019

14 Jun 2019

Celebrating its fifth edition, the Leopold Bloom Art Award, is aimed at supporting contemporary visual artists in Hungary and their presence in the international art scene. Established by Mary McLoughlin and John Ward in 2011, the Leopold Bloom Art Award takes inspiration from the Irish – Hungarian connections within James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ and from the figure of Leopold Bloom as an individual who represents “decency, tolerance, love citizenship and internationalism”. “His journey and adventures remain a strong echo from the past reminding us of the value of the artist, the artist’s work and the importance to society of having an un-mortgaged, independent voice to reflect, witness and aspire.” John Ward Artists currently living in Hungary participated in the open call process earlier in the year, by submitting a presentation of their work along with a plan to exhibit internationally. For this edition, the jury was formed by Paul O’Neill...

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Meet the Team - Viktor

28 May 2019

Today we introduce Viktor Juhász, a fine art shipping coordinator in our Budapest office. Viktor grew up in Vecsés, Hungary and relocated to Budapest for high school and university. In his final year of his BA in International Studies (2011) he began working for Maurice Ward and has been with us ever since. Viktor enjoys all the challenges his job brings and particularly loves the aspect of working with people. He works hard to bring clients through every step of the process of sending artworks from A to B - packaging, crating, customs clearance and insurance. He goes the extra mile to manage some cases personally and is no stranger to jumping on the truck to help out when needed, travelling as far as Albania, Switzerland and the UK in some cases. While he mainly focuses on the Hungarian art sector he works with clients from the freight sector...

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How to Ship Glazed Artwork

17 May 2019

Our clients ask us how can framed and glazed artwork be safely transported. Glass is fragile, and inherently prone to breaking; the glass used in picture frames is often very thin and more prone to damage. Therefore, the single most important thing to do when transporting glazed artworks is to use glass protection tape. While it isn’t a magic solution, it will go a long way towards protecting your artwork from broken glass. Glass protection tape is available from a number of suppliers, and in a range of colours and widths, up to 100cm wide. Whatever supplier you buy from, glass tape is essentially a low-tack tape that won’t leave a sticky residue on the glass and will peel off easily. Here are some simple steps on how to use glass tape: Cover the entire surface of the glass with the tape On larger works it’s a...

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Meet The Team - Hugh

16 Apr 2019

Meet Hugh McGettigan, one of our Fine Art Shipping Coordinators. A native of the North-West of Ireland, Sligo, Hugh studied a Diploma in Art and Design in Limavady, completed a BA in Visual Arts Practice at IADT and an Erasmus in Kuvataideakatemia in Helsinki. Prior to joining our team full-time, he worked as a part-time art technician, as well as an art educator. As an artist he has a keen interest in both creativity and technology. Hugh has a business and customer service background, helping out with the family bed and breakfast. This combined with his creative problem solving has led Hugh to embrace the technical and logistical side of the artworld. Hugh loves the team element of his role, “… every job that comes in has it’s own needs and complications”. He is passionate about working as part of a team and working with his colleagues to find creative...

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Art Box: Thinking outside the box

4 Apr 2019

At Maurice Ward Art Handling, our principal interest is the safe and secure transport of your artworks. Since 2012, our logistics experts and art technicians set about finding an effective art packing solution for situations where a fine art service was not appropriate. Art Box is the result of this endeavour. Over the last 7 years, Art Boxes have been used by over 350 clients among artists, individuals, galleries and art centres and shipped to over 29 countries around the globe. Art Box is a unique solution for sending relatively small, flat, inexpensive artworks from your home, gallery or office to anywhere in the world. We have designed Art Box to withstand the rigours of international transport and keep your art safe. By giving you everything you need in one box, we make your job easier, and save you time and money. Nothing says you care about an artwork being shipped across the globe,...

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Women On Walls at RCSI

7 Mar 2019

Eight new portraits of Irish women in healthcare were revealed in the Boardroom of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) this week, just in time for International Women’s Day 2019. In a special event, that included family members of these extraordinary women, the portraits were unveiled by the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and RCSI President Mr Kenneth Mealy. Women on Walls at RCSI is an initiative in partnership with Accenture and project managed by Business to Arts. The objective of this campaign is to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland. Accenture’s Women on Walls began in 2016 with the Royal Irish Academy, RCSI joined in the initiative last year. Maurice Ward Art Handling were delighted to be involved with Women on Walls at RCSI, through the storage, transport and...

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Brexit - We are ready, are you?

5 Feb 2019

Ireland’s EU membership and the policy direction of Customs Union over the last 20 years has brought us to a situation where trading with the United Kingdom and any other member of the EU is very simple and straight forward. As we are all aware, Brexit will change this substantially. In the event of a hard exit, the UK will become a “Third Country”. For anyone importing or exporting from/to the UK this will impact logistics and costs. All consignments imported from the UK will require a formal Import Customs Declaration. This is normally effected by a Customs Clearance Agent. Depending on the classification of goods for customs purposes, many consignments will also require Import VAT (standard rate 23%) and/or Duty paid to Revenue at location of entry (port or airport), prior to release of consignment. Simply put, there will be negative cash flow implications (Vat) and cost implications ...

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Off to Lisbon for the Annual ICEFAT Convention

13 Nov 2018

It was fantastic to meet the teams from the 68 attending Art Transport Companies from across the globe at the annual ICEFAT Convention in Lisbon last weekend. Each member specializes in handling and shipping works of art, artifacts and antiquities for museums, galleries and dealers, corporate and private collectors and the premier auction houses. Maurice Ward Art Handling attended with our Director Mary McLoughlin, Teresa Brehony our Fine Art Operations Manager and Holly Dungan, Fine Art Shipping Coordinator. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss and access ‘The Highest Standards in Art Shipping’, to look at our marketplace and how best to meet the demands of our clients. The close working relationships among our members allows us to ship, install and handle exhibitions across the world with the professionalism expected by our museums, national institutions and clients. It is great to hang out with fellow professionals who have the same end...

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Something new is happening at Maurice Ward!

5 Sep 2018

On 18th June 2018, we officially launched a new specialised art storage facility to the art world at Art Business Summit in Limerick. As Ireland’s leading art storage and handling experts, we believe we can support UK and US Art Galleries by providing an alternative storage hub in Europe. The decision to make the new acquisition and add to our storage facilities was driven both by increasing client demand and by Ireland’s strategic location between Europe and the US. As John Ward, our director, explains, the commercial and geographical expediency of an Irish hub will undoubtedly gain more significance in the wake of the UK’s imminent departure from the European Union: “Brexit is likely to have an impact on the movement of art in terms of costs and administration. We believe Ireland is uniquely positioned to support the movement of art between the US and Europe. As the...

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