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art handling service

Our services include:

& Logistics


& Crating







Transport & Logistics

We transport artworks nationally and globally. Whether by road, air or sea, we choose the best options for our clients. Our relationships with other art transport companies globally ensure fine art transport from collection point to delivery/installation throughout the world.

Our direct relationships with airlines ensure a safe and cost-effective service. We choose optimum routing for safe arrival and provide Customs Clearance. Nail to Nail insurance is available on request for all shipments.

We offer a full suite of Courier Services for couriers accompanying art shipments.

All our transports


By Road
Throughout Ireland, UK and Europe, we use our own, modern climate-controlled unmarked art transport vehicles. GPS tracked, alarmed and never left unattended. Our air ride trucks are each designed to protect the most fragile artworks. Our customised trucks can carry up to four couriers with two uniformed technicians who are both qualified drivers and trained art handlers. Our teams pack and unpack on site as required.

We provide dedicated trucks for urgent and high value shipments or groupage services depending on requirements. Contact us for dates & details of our groupage trucking service to London/UK and onward to all EU destinations

By Sea
We organise single use containers form all major ports worldwide and can cater for awkward and out-of-gauge consignments.

Our technicians brace and pack and /or un-pack all containers on our premises.

By Air
With our global reach we offer excellent air freight rates for all airfreight shipments. Our import and export teams and shipping coordinators organise airfreight shipments around the globe. We provide secure to door to door transport.

  • In-house Customs Clearance on all Import and Export consignments.
  • Hand Search, As a regulated Air Cargo Agent we can make freight “Known”.
  • Couriers accompanying shipments and/or with hand carry consignments we organise the supervision and witnessing of airline palletizing in cargo area; transfer to passenger terminals; private lounges; flights; itineraries; transfer to and from airports. All services provided and arranged at origin and destination airports.
  • Organisation of applications for Export Licences.
  • Documentation.
  • Customs exams.
  • Advise our clients on duties and taxes and responsibilities in front of Customs Authorities.



Our experience moving rare and unique art works, coupled with our world wide reach means that your precious objects are surrounded by 360 degrees of care.

To receive a quote on moving your art, please contact us now

Our team of art technicians are drawn form a range of fine art backgrounds. We provide clients with a primary source of specialist knowledge in all technical and art handling activities. Site visits, risk assessments and safety statements, siting and installing small to monumental works, installation and set-up of audio visual works, liaising and assisting artists and curators, to condition reports and project management. Our team are highly skilled and work to the highest standards.

Packing & Crating

Packing and crating of artwork and precious objects is at the corner stone of every safe and secure shipment. Our team are experts in designing bespoke packing and crating solutions for individual works and entire museum collections. Our crates are made to UK Museum Standards and conform to ISPM-15 regulations.

We make T Frames, Commercial Crates, Museum and Semi-Museum crates and use ecologically sound packing materials.


Project Management

Our Project Management team work with renowned artists, institutions and galleries nationally and internationally. We organise exhibitions and art moves from concept to delivery. Working with our international partners we bring all the services required to safely exhibit, transport and tour exhibitions and collections. For biennale’s, art fairs and touring shows we set up every service, condition reports, fabrication of crates, packing, transport, import and export services, courier requirements, gallery fabrication, installation and/or de-installation.

We will work with conservators and framers on behalf of our clients, providing in house fine art storage, art storage while touring, collection management and much more.

Our experience ensures our clients have peace of mind while our professional team ensure that art and exhibitions entrusted to us are handled with the up-most care and attention. Using our T1 Bond and customs services exhibitions can travel smoothly around the world.

Customs Clearance

We act on our clients behalf as a customs broker and offer expert advice on fine art customs formalities including VAT and Duty. Your consignments and your data are safe and secure. Decades of experience in all customs matters at our clients disposal.

Our simplified procedures and pre-clearance services enables smooth customs handling for international transport with a portfolio of services tailored to requirements.

In House Customs Clearance / direct link to Irish Customs System
Temporary import / export management

Use of our Transit Bond T1 for transport of in bond cargo. Customs exams arranged on behalf of institutions


Art Storage

Every brushstroke, every chisel mark, and every stroke of creativity is revered and safeguarded.

Our purpose-built art storage facilities offer a sanctuary for your treasured works of art, where security and preservation are paramount. Whether you’re a collector, gallery owner, or institution, entrust your artworks to our care with confidence.

Our full range of short-term and long-term storage options ensures that your treasures are protected for as long as needed. Within our environmentally-controlled spaces, your artworks will find a haven, shielded from the harsh elements that threaten their integrity.

Monitored around the clock by cutting-edge surveillance systems, including digital CCTV, our facilities stand as bastions of security, approved to the highest industry standards.

Artworks reside on bespoke electronically controlled racking systems, each piece cradled with care, regardless of its size or form. From delicate paintings to grand sculptures, we tailor our storage solutions to fit your every need. But it’s not just about storage-it’s about stewardship. At Maurice Ward Art Handling our dedicated staff and art technicians oversee every aspect of your collection’s care, from movement and inventory management to regular condition checks and reports.

For those moments of inspiration or reflection, we offer private viewing facilities and client areas, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of your collection, knowing it’s in safe hands.

At our high-security art storage facilities, your artworks aren’t just objects – they’re treasures, cherished and protected for generations to come.

We offer the fully accredited art handling services.

Collection Care Services

With our Collection Care Services, we offer more than just storage.

We are stewards of heritage, curating a range of conservation products and advice to ensure that each piece of art, each artifact, is protected for generations to come.

Each product is carefully selected to safeguard the integrity of your collection.

From archival-grade materials that shield delicate documents from the ravages of time to specialised cleaners and adhesives that gently revive fragile surfaces, we offer a lifeline for artworks in need.

But our commitment extends beyond mere products. Our team of experts and partners stand ready to offer guidance and advice, drawing upon years of experience and a deep well of knowledge to address any conservation challenge.


Whether it’s preserving a delicate tapestry, restoring a weathered sculpture, or mitigating the effects of environmental factors, at Maurice Ward Art Handling, we are here to lend our expertise and support every step of the way.


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Maurice Ward & Company Ltd.
Fine Art Logistics for Private & Corporate Collectors, Museums, Galleries and Heritage Organisations

Maurice Ward & Co. Limited, Unit J 10, Swords Business Park, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 W973, Ireland

T. (+353) 1 840 9099

Maurice Ward & Co. Limited, Unit 4B, Block 4, Western Business Park, Shannon, Co. Clare, V14 AF44, Ireland

T. (+353) 61 360 678

Maurice Ward & Co. Kft. Europolis Park H-2220 Vecsés Lőrinci út 59. C/1. Hungary

T. (+36) 29 551 274