Interview of the Week: Peter Brayshaw, Commercial Director, Momart

Who is Momart, can you tell us a little bit more about what you do?

Over the last 40 years we’ve been providing world class fine art transport, storage and art handling services to collectors, artists, galleries and museums across the world.

During this time we became a trusted partner to many prestigious art institutions from the V&A, Tate and Royal Academy in London to MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  We have also been honoured with the Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen for our work with the Royal Collection.

We pride ourselves on the fact the fact that whether we’re creating a single case to transport a client’s Picasso, managing the shipping and transportation of a major Exhibition or installing a large sculpture from the Royal Collection, every customer receives the same level of care, professionalism and attention to detail.

Why did you decide to partner with Collectrium?

We work with a wide portfolio of high profile private clients, but we’re always looking for innovative ways to reach a wider audience.

From the first meeting it was clear that the team at Collectrium shared our brand values of excellence and world class service.

Therefore the opportunity to work side by side with them to develop a unique, tailored, market leading solution was too good to miss. We are proud to be part of a platform that embraces the future of art transportation.

What are your views on digital/cloud based collection management platforms?

Easy and instantaneous access to information, whether it is your mailbox or bank account, is now becoming a norm. The global art world is increasingly looking for digital solutions to provide collectors with a similar access to their collection’s information.

A well designed, cloud-based collection management tool gives collectors the possibility to check or register any detail of their collection at any time regardless of their physical location. As well as organizing and centralizing all the documentation, it enables collectors to easily share the necessary data with an array of service providers from art transport to insurance, framing, conservation or valuation services. From our perspective, as an art logistics provider, it means we instantaneously receive all the required details to provide an accurate quotation and to advise on best options to fulfill the request.

When shipping and storing pieces of art, what are the main documents that need to always be within reach and well organized? 

Apart from the obvious information about the object like dimensions, weight, number of components or framing it is useful to have on hand the detail about packaging: whether the work has already been packed or does it require a bespoke crate or a travel frame to be fabricated.

Insurance information is another very important aspect when requesting shipping or storage of art, and an accurately estimated value of the work and customs status documents where applicable can significantly ease and speed up the customs procedures.

How helpful is it to have these documents available at all times including on mobile devices?

Often, we receive only partial details of the works to be moved resulting in lengthy consultations. Having the necessary documents organised and easily available can save an awful lot of time and, in many cases, money.  It gives us the possibility to quickly provide the collector with an accurate estimate for transport, storage or installation of their artwork, seamlessly apply the customs procedures and make sure we reach the required deadline if such is being specified by the client.


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