Autumn exhibition changeover: week three

This week of the changeover saw our upcoming exhibitions brought to life as we began to install objects in the galleries. We welcomed Bronwynne Cornish and Katy Wallace to MTG to oversee the installation of their work in the exhibitions. The week started with the last of the plinths being placed in the spaces and the assembling of over 150 object mounts ready for install.

An object mount is a custom-made stand, each made by our mount makers to a unique design.  Their role is to provide effective and safe support to the object, all while taking into account the intent of the artist and the viewer experience.

_DSC9886Finished object mounts ready for installation

The mounts are made from stainless steel rods which are fashioned into the desired shape. Once shaped the steel is then coated with inert silicon tubing, or treated with a specially coloured plastic.  This coating protects the object from direct contact with the metal and enables us to ensure the mount sit unobtrusively against the object it supports.  Object mounts ensure the safety of objects on display, particularly as a safeguard against the risk of earthquake damage.  MTG staff installed objects one by one over the course of the week.

_DSC9920MTG staff installing objects into the Mudlark exhibition

_DSC9892Objects waiting to be installed

_DSC9862Pins, which are another type of mount used to secure the object, are assembled into the base of a plinth

_DSC9929An object being installed into its mount

_DSC9878An installed object with a specially designed mount support and pin

Next week will see two large scale works installed, the mounting of graphics and final touches made to gallery lighting. Find out more about our new exhibitions, which open to the public next Saturday 29th March on our website:

Sarah Powell

Collections Assistant- Photography

March 2014


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