Stuttaford Van Lines is proud to demonstrate our commitment to protecting artwork and antiques; not only through our specialised Fine Art removals service, but also through sponsorship of major national art competitions. In this behind-the-scenes feature, we speak to SVL Gauteng’s Fine Art Executive Margarida Fernandes for an overview of these sponsorships.
The three largest national art competitions presently sponsored by Stuttaford Van Lines are Sasol New Signatures (announced in September); PPC Imaginarium (announced in March) and the Sanlam Portrait Awards (announced in August). The two former have been supported for a number of years, while in 2015 SVL managed the national transport of entries to the Sanlam Portrait Awards for the first time, with 2 000 entries received in total by the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Cape Town.
Given the in-house expertise of SVL’s Fine Art service, it’s appropriate that these sponsorships take the form of expert wrapping and collection of all competition artworks from their regional collection centres around South Africa. These artworks are then stored in a secure Stuttaford Van Lines warehouse and delivered to the competitions’ main gallery or museum.
Following the national judging and awards, the entire process is then repeated in reverse, as artworks are collected, re-wrapped, stored and returned to the regional centres to be reunited with their artists.
According to SVL Gauteng Hub’s Fine Art Executive, Margarida Fernandes, this is no mere national courier service – indeed, the core motivation behind SVL’s Fine Art service is that artwork requires specialised packing and handling, and these competitions prove that principle at scale.
Depending on the type of artwork – e.g. a painting, sculpture or multi-component exhibit – Stuttaford Van Lines’ teams utilise the appropriate handling techniques and wrapping material for protection during transit, supervised by the brand’s fine art executives.
Margarida reveals that the artworks can pose unique challenges, purely based on the broad range of mediums accepted by the competitions. Acrylic paintings, clay bones, wire and perspex boxes containing three-dimensional crocheted pieces all require their own techniques for transport.
The artworks for the PPC Imaginarium are particularly delicate, because all entries are constructed with cement: from sculptures to jewellery, clothing (including cement-infused hats and dresses) and ultra-delicate industrial designs with fine models that require wrapping in tissue paper.
“Stuttaford Van Lines regularly gives back to the communities that we serve, and our art sponsorships offer a platform to support new generations of aspiring artists and the rich cultural tapestry that emerges from the art competitions we partner with,” concludes Margarida.
“We remain fully committed to delivering a superior level of service that South Africa’s diverse art community can entrust with even their most valuable artworks and antiques, and we look forward to supporting new art competitions in the future!”
For more information on SVL’s Fine Art service, or to request a free quote on a specialised art removal, please e-mail our Fine Art Executives on firstname.lastname@example.org (SVL Johannesburg) or email@example.com (SVL Cape Town).