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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 eco 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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Meet the Team - Kathryn

12 Mar 2019

Meet Kathryn Coughlan, Fine Art Shipping Coordinator. Kathryn works with our clients to provide estimates for transportation, wrapping, storage and installation jobs. A native of Limerick, she has a degree in Archaeology, a Masters in Museum Studies and a work background in customer service, retail management, teaching, exhibition curation and museum registration. She previously worked with the Crawford Art Gallery, first as an intern and later securing a role as Interim Registrar. While a bit of ‘mixed bag’ as she puts it, these diverse backgrounds have taught her the importance of being able to think on her feet. She is driven by social and ethical issues in society. A strong believer in the power of museum collections to spark conversations about difficult or contentious topics, and their power to mobilise people of a cause or to promote inclusivity in society. While she is no longer dealing directly with artworks or...

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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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