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Maxwell Rushton: Tagsmart Artist of the Week

#TagsmartArtistoftheWeek is Maxwell Rushton. Intertwining performance, painting, drawing and sculpture, Maxwell’s portfolio explores cultural phenomena and his own human condition.

The theme of homelessness has found its way into Maxwell’s practice on many occasions, including in his award-winning work, ‘Left Out’. Five separate edits of the original footage went viral, reaching over 40 million people.

A big hello to over 60 artists joining us this month

Welcome Alice Gur-ArieZena HollowayChris Keegan, and Aliette Bretel amongst many others! 


Don't forget, if you're a Tagsmart artist and want us to blog your work, get in touch!

Our Mental Health Day

On October the 10th we celebrated the International World Mental Health day as a team and we did some activities together.

We saw some art

A big thank you to all those who put on such a great show at Mind The Art...we were there (and you can go too, closes 22nd October). It is such a powerful exhibition with talented artists focusing on mental health and personal experiences. A must see exhibition!

We met some strangers...and it was great!

Before that we were outside the Tate Modern to find out just how much the public valued work to help them through tough times.

We asked people standing outside Tate what artist would make them de stress and feel peaceful. So many great artists - a huge thank you to everyone who shared with us a bit of art.

At Tagsmart the art of Hiroshi Sugimoto, Juan Fontanive, Hiba Schahbaz  make us feeling at peace and truly alive.

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Among many artists, Yayoi Kusama was just one of the high profile artists around the world also giving their support.


And what did you do on Mental Health Day? We’d love to hear your stories!

We are delighted to welcome our new Managing Director, Charlotte Bearn

Charlotte Bearn, Tagsmart Managing Director

Charlotte Bearn, Tagsmart Managing Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Charlotte Bearn as Managing Director. Charlotte will lead our team for fully verified online art retailing, international expansion and the acceleration of partnerships with artists and art retailers.

Charlotte joins Tagsmart with a wealth of commercial and entrepreneurial experience. Most recently she was Commercial Director at BI Ventures, the venture-building arm of Cabinet Office-backed social purpose company The Behavioural Insights Team.

Previously Charlotte has held commercial and product development roles at tech startup Onefinestay, fast-growth FMCG Charlie Bighams and blue-chip Colgate-Palmolive. Charlotte is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Chelsea College of Arts.

Charlotte will join us on 1st November.

Charlotte Bearn, Tagsmart Managing Director says:

“I'm delighted to be joining Tagsmart as we close in on our Seedrs funding. Today, only 8% of art sales are online, with buyer trust being a key barrier. Tagsmart is the right company to change this for the art community: our cutting-edge tagging technology and our new, verified online marketplace are just our first steps towards creating an art market that enables artists and buyers to trade art online, with trust. .”

Tom Toumazis MBE, Tagsmart Executive Chairman says:

“Co-Founder Steve Cooke and I carried out an extensive search to find someone with the right combination of commercial, entrepreneurial and leadership skills. Charlotte ticked all those boxes plus a lot more!  Her energy and enthusiasm for our company and our ambition to be a global leader in art authentication and online retailing made her the by far leading candidate. We are so thrilled to have her join us at such an exciting part of our growth. ”

We are crowdfunding and we would love to have you on board!

Join us on our journey and share in our success.


Did you know that the lack of trust is holding back online art sales?

According to the Hiscox Online Art Trade Reports 2016/2017, 58% of online collectors are afraid of buying a fake: 88% want standardised Certificates of Authenticity, and 79% want better provenance information. 

Consequently, according to our advisor Philip Mould, “there is an increasing need to inject security and confidence into the art market." 

Collectors are increasingly acquiring online, sight unseen. This sector is boosted by changing demographies and also by increasing propensity for artists and galleries to sell online. Repeated reserach has shown that online buyers increasingly see art as an investement/asset class and are deterred by trust issues.

We are currently working on a new service. The new online development will be the first platform to enable the trade of trusted art online through a revolutionary B2B artwork aggregation service. Artists will be able to submit trusted art, pre-tagged and with a Certificate of Authenticity, directly to online retailers. It will launch in September 2018 with the support of leading and emerging artists registered on the Tagsmart platform who will offer their works for sale.  

Further announcement of retailer partners will be made in the coming weeks.

This is your chance to share in our success!

Join the trusted art revolution here: https://www.seedrs.com/tagsmart

Tagsmart is Crowdfunding!

After weeks of preparation our Seedrs campaign has launched. We are #crowdfunding to develop the world’s first trading platform enabling artists, collectors and retailers to trade #TrustedArt online.

 Have your share in our success and join us as we democratise the art market. Find out more about our business and our comparing here: https://www.seedrs.com/tagsmart

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YOUR SHARE IN OUR SUCCESS!

We’re launching a major new service later this year to enable artists, online retailers and collectors to trade trusted art. And next year, we’re expanding into the US and other overseas markets.

We have partnered with Seedrs to launch a crowdfunding campaign and we’d love for you to be a part of the next stage of our journey.

By pre-registering via the link below, you will also be one of the first to know when the campaign goes live.

http://www.tagsmart.com/crowdfunding-register

About Tagsmart

Tagsmart is a British technology company, formally launched in April 2016. The company pioneered the application of DNA tags to authenticate artworks and is now the go-to provider of tagging and certification services in the fine art market. It was the only such business highlighted in the 2017 Deloitte Art and Finance Report. Tagsmart already has 23,000 artworks on its platform attributed to over 200 artists and has tagged and certificated more than 11,000 works.

Led by Executive Chairman/Founder Investor Tom Toumazis MBE, Tagsmart was set up by globally renowned frame-maker and fabricator Mark Darbyshire and product designer Steve Cooke in 2014. The team features experts from art and tech backgrounds including Nicolas Gitton, former UK MD of Paddle8,  Robert Suss, renowned art collector and Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts, Aino-Leena Grapin. Philip Mould CBE, of BBC’s Fake or Fortune, is also an advisor to the company.

The company has relationships with hundreds of artists, galleries, and fabricators, from world-renowned founding partners like Gary Hume through to increasing numbers of emerging and decorative artists.

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Tagsmart at Roy’s People Art Fair

http://www.tagsmart.comRoy’s  People Art Fair is over. Thanks to everyone who came along and stopped by to purchase a secure Certificate of Authenticity. It was amazing to meet so many talented artists and explore their incredible works.

Secure Certificates of Authenticity

Printed on high-quality archival paper, Tagsmart Certificate of Authenticity is a unique document of ownership protecting against fraud and forgery and, by fostering trust and credibility in the art market, can add value to your artwork and build an immutable digital provenance history over time.

An Immutable Digital Provenance History

The digital counterpart to the Certificate of Authenticity, Tagsmart Digital Provenance Platform tracks ownership and other events affecting your artwork over time. Tagsmart pioneering database enables collectors to document and view artworks online and is encrypted to ensure peace of mind.

Cutting-Edge DNA Tags

Tamper- proof and easy to apply, our Tags identify an artwork with a unique reference number that links it to a Certificate of Authenticity and a Digital Provenance Record. Attached with conservative-approved archival materials, our Tags use a combination of revolutionary label technology and synthetic DNA taggants to ensure the security of your artwork.


For more info on the Tagsmart art provenance services visit: http://www.tagsmart.com

The World’s First Fully Certified Art Fair

At Roy’s People Art Fair hosted at the Bargehouse OXO Tower, every artwork purchased will come with a Tagsmart certificate of authenticity.

Our triple-lock approach combine certificate of authenticity, digital provenance records and DNA tags to provide unparalleled security for your collection and at the same time enhancing its value.

Opening times

Thursday 12th April 6pm – 8:30pm
Friday 13th April 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 14th April 12pm – 6pm
Sunday 15th April 12pm - 5pm

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Discover the big names of tomorrow at FLUX Exhibition 11th – 15th April 2018

What an exciting month with plenty of art fairs and exhibitions! Make sure you don’t miss FLUX Exhibition from the 11th to the 15th of April at the Chelsea College of Art.

FLUX is London’s leading exhibition to discover the most talented, dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists.

FLUX has established itself as the platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and to be part of an exceptional, inspirational art event. Hosted by Chelsea College of Arts in London and curated by Lisa Gray, the founder of FLUX, this fifth, much anticipated edition brings 100 artists to the fore. Lisa has hand selected the very best emerging and established artists for a five-day event.

FLUX opening party comes alive with musical guests, performance art and site specific installations which complement the work and bring a new experimental approach to the exhibition.

The show represents an opportunity to gain access to a vast and diverse group of gifted artists, on the path to being the big names of tomorrow, showcasing international talent in a collaborative, inclusive show. FLUX celebrates artists on the precipice of wider accolade and fame.

The exhibition will also be featuring the unique, Mini-Masterpieces where smaller artworks by FLUX artists can be purchased for £300 or less. A great way for a new collector to invest in art at a fraction of the price of artists’ normal sized works.

Private View: April 11th 18.00 – 21.00

For more info visit: http://www.fluxexhibition.com

Sam Peacock, Abstract Landscape Artist and Co-founder of Roy’s People Art Fair

Sam Peacock is a British Artist and Co-founder of Roy’s People Art Fair along with Roy Tyson.

Sam has worked on several collections over the years and has solo showed in Berlin, Sydney, and London with several more shows planned into 2018. Recently he undertook a 6-month project focusing on the effects of Hydraulic Fracturing within the UK and gave an artist’s response in the form of 52 separate images, each titled with a place name where planned fracking was to take place.  He has also completed a major installation for the Novotel, Canary Wharf, in London and an installation of three-dimensional metal ‘bullet casings’ entitled Into the Abyss which represents a response to global warming.

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Into the Abyss is a solo show of Sam Peacock’s, presented by the Curious Duke Gallery, based as a visual response to our relationship with energy and the side effects of over consumption.

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The shells used are made out of brass and in fact are recycled artillery shells, along to steel shells fabricated to look like silos. These were predominantly brass sculptures made using coffee and oils.

Do not miss the chance to meet Sam Peacock during Roy’s People Art Fair which will be help at the Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf  from the 12th to the 15th of April.

Sam’s upcoming exhibition: “OF THE LAND” solo show at Curious Duke Gallery on the 3rd of May 2018, where he will present his new collection of works which touch base with the coast, the woods, ancient pathways, hills, trees and all the natural elements.

To know more about Sam Peacock’s work visit: http://www.samuelpeacock.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sampeacockart/?hl=en

Roy Tyson, Artist and Founder of the London's only artist-led Art Fair: Roy's People Art Fair.

Roy Tyson is an award-winning urban artist combining miniature figures, photography and the streets to create a miniature world beneath our feet.

Roy took inspiration from the current urban art scene and headed to the dirty streets of London to photograph and capture his work permanently.

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He’s fascinated by the multitude of aspects the subjects can achieve, setting about creating situations in a miniature world that reflect on our surroundings, feelings and emotions.

Each figure is carefully adapted from its original form, allowing Roy to create anything he desires. The little people are then taken to the street to get the perfect vibe for us all to enjoy.


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Roy is also the founder of Roy’s People Art Fair with Sam Peacock. Over the last 5 years, Roy and Sam have been working as professional artists. During that time they have exhibited nationally and internationally whilst experiencing art fairs and going through the emotions of applying and exhibiting and Roy decided that the next logical step would be to create the Roy’s People Art Fair. He has joined forces with Sam to add more artistic experience and knowledge to make the shows as successful as possible.

Roy and Sam state that the aim of the fair is to give artists an alternative platform to present their work whilst also creating a unique art fair experience for visitors allowing them to interact with the artists and buy artwork directly from them. At each of their fairs, people will discover original affordable artwork from a wide variety of artists carefully selected based on quality and talent.

This year, Roy’s People Art Fair will be the first ever digitally art fair powered by Tagsmart. The Art Fair will be held at Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf 12th-15th April 2018

Opening times:

Thursday 12th April 6pm - 8:30pm

Friday 13th April 12pm - 8pm

Saturday 14th April 12pm - 6pm

Sunday 15th April 12pm - 5pm

For more info and to book your rickets head to the following link: http://www.royspeopleartfair.com/index.php#1

More about Roy’s projects:

Roy has recently carried out commissions for Gillette, Pot Noodle, Nikon, Citroen, The Big Issue, Sea World, Time Out, The Royal Mint, The Other Art Fair, Psychologies magazine and many others.

Roy’s upcoming projects include a project with Miracle Grow and Apple. 

To find out more, visit Roy’s website at: http://www.royspeople.com

In conversation with Gary Kemp and rock star photographer Denis O’Regan

What a great night spent at the The Club at the Ivy with musician and actor Gary Kemp interviewing David Bowie’s official tour photographer, Denis O'Regan, about his Collector Edition, boxed set of ‘Ricochet: David Bowie 1983’.
Tagsmart has developed a new form of stamping technology for the authentication of the limited edition fine art photographic prints and the official David Bowie Estate stamp, which are key parts of this 2000 copy limited edition piece of art, commemorating David Bowie’s biggest and most successful world tour - Serious Moonlight.

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Tagsmart offers the world’s only integrated artwork certification service designed for artists, collectors, and sellers of art.Tagsmart’s triple-lock solution uses advanced DNA tagging technology to identify artworks alongside a unique and secure system for issuing Certificates of Authenticity. These services are fully integrated with an online ownership registration platform, providing unparalleled protection to the art world, while adding value to artworks by building an accredited provenance history over time. The company launched in April 2016 after over two years of development, working closely alongside artists, conservators and the academic community. The company is led by Executive Chairman Tom Toumazis MBE and co-founder Steve Cook.

For more information about the book: itsahugeboxedset.com

Episode 4. My Art Haven with Tagsmart Co-Founder and frame maker: Mark Darbyshire

Which artwork do you love the most? If money and space were no object, which one would you have in your living room? 


The fourth My Art Haven episode opens up with Tagsmart Co-Founder and globally renowned frame maker: Mark Darbyshire.
Mark has over 20 years’ experience working with artists, galleries and collectors. He went to Goldsmiths College and studied with some of the art masters including the YBAs: Young British Artists, most notably: Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst and Angus Fairhurst.


In this episode Mark talks about how he became the Tagsmart Co-Founder with Steve Cooke and what drove him to create Tagsmart. He also reveals his favourite artworks he would love to own for his My Art Haven collection if money and space were no object.

If you’d like to share with us your ‘My Art Haven’, please contact us. Stay tuned for the fifth episode with Tagsmart Co-Founder: Steve Cooke.

Roy’s People Art Fair: The First Ever Digitally Certified Art Fair powered by Tagsmart

Roy’s People Art Fair 2018 will be partnering with London based tech company Tagsmart who will be issuing a unique Certificate of Authentication for every artworks purchased at the fair.

Last year the inaugural event drew thousands to the to take part in the first ever artist-led art fair, pioneered by artists Sam Peacock and Roy Tyson. 80 carefully selected artists will be personally showcasing their pieces to the public during this free four-day event.

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Highlights include: 

● Artist and filmmaker Oliver Malin, whose previous work attracted the attention of BBC London, will reveal a specially commissioned life-sized horse sculpture; ‘Odds On’ from his new ‘Safe Bet’ series. This will mark its first public showcasing of the work and will focus on the interior life of betting shops in the UK. 

● Typography aficionados Hooksmith Press will be creating a replica traditional print studio featuring their antique ‘letterpress’ process. They will also be releasing a limited edition print titled ‘Best Thing.’ 

● Fine art printmaking studio Hippo Screenprinters will be giving visitors the chance to create their very own ‘hand-pulled’ bespoke screen printed tote bag for £5. 

● Illustrator and fine artist, renowned for his use of vodka and whiskey, Carne Griffiths will be painting live at the private view using inks and tea inspired by the atmosphere and people present that evening. 

GreatArt will have a doodle area inviting everyone to join in, be creative and get hands on with some art - all for free. 

For more information, to arrange interviews or exclusive press views before the event launch, please contact Tamsin Daniel: tamsindaniel@googlemail.com 

 Opening times:

Thursday 12th April: Press View - 6-8.30pm 

Friday 13th April: 12-8pm 

Saturday 14th April: 12-6pm 

Sunday 15th April: 12-5pm 

Roy’s Arts Fair is sponsored by Great Art and has partnered with Tagsmart.

www.royspeopleartfair.com

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The Cultivist: the global art club announces strategic partnership with Tagsmart

TAGSMART is delighted to have entered into partnership with The Cultivist, the world’s leading arts club offering collectors unique access to museums, galleries and art fairs worldwide. 

This collaboration launches with the tagging and certification of 300 limited edition prints by renowned Latin American artist Gaston Ugalde (b. 1944). The work Red Orange (2015) focuses on the development of the artist’s colour theories . Ugalde’s creative process celebrates experimentation by mixing performance and installation. No digital manipulation is used in the creation of this work. 


Each print has been tagged using the Tagsmart’s synthetic DNA tagging system to secure the authenticity and provenance of the work. The prints come with a certificate of authenticity produced exclusively for members of The Cultivist as part of the Artist Edition Series. The Series focuses on sharing the most exciting talents from emerging markets in countries all over the world. 

Georgie Borthwick, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Cultivist said: “As the global arts club dedicated to making new connections across the art world, it is important to us to promote new technologies that help our collaborating artists, galleries, and institutions to continue their fantastic work. It has been a pleasure to support Tagsmart as a new business that entered the market with us, and our partnership has allowed us to elevate our Global Artist Edition series, where we provide a platform for artists from young and emerging markets, into a collectible and authenticated series”. 

Tom Toumazis MBE, Executive Chairman of Tagsmart said: “We are delighted to be able to announce this important partnership with The Cultivist. It is thrilling to authenticate limited edition prints for their Global Artist Edition series”

About The Cultivist:

The Cultivist is a unique art membership club that offers to his members the opportunity to visit museums, galleries and art fairs worldwide with a single membership card. The Cultivist provides unique and privileged access to every aspect of the art world. 

About Tagsmart:

Developed by the art world for the art world, Tagsmart offers complete art authentication solutions, designed for artists, collectors, and sellers of art. Endorsed and used by leading and upcoming artists, Tagsmart uses DNA technology to identify artworks together with a unique system for issuing Certificates of Authenticity. These services are fully integrated with a secure online Provenance Record which enables artists to verify the authenticity of their artworks and create an accredited chain of provenance.

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Leading online gallery provides artwork certification service to customers at the checkout

The leading online art gallery artrepublic.com now offers their collectors highly secure Certificates of Authenticity with all limited edition and original artworks purchased on their website, using Tagsmart’s shopping cart integration API.As the online art market grows, this partnership demonstrates a commitment  to consumer trust and encouraging transparency in the electronic marketplace. 

According to Anthony Nelson, artrepublic.com’s Managing Director, “As the online art market expands, the demand for better services will continue to grow. We’re always looking for new ways to empower our customers and, by offering Tagsmart’s secure Certificate of Authenticity, we can provide our buyers with the peace of mind to focus solely on finding the art they love, without having to worry about anything else”.

Tom Toumazis MBE, Executive Chairman of Tagsmart, says: “We’re delighted to working with Anthony and his team. The online sector is a growing, vibrant part of the art world and we believe our technology can enhance the buying experience for collectors”

Tagsmart provides online platforms such as artrepublic.com with the tools to simplify the process of secure artwork certification. Presented as an optional extra, the service enables collectors to order Certificates of Authenticity with ease, by simply clicking a button at point of sale on their way to the checkout. The Tagsmart platform then links artist, seller and collector information to generate physically and digitally secured Certificates. Each Certificate links directly to a secure artwork record, enabling the collector to view their online private portfolio, manage transfers of ownership and share works on social media.
Tagsmart’s API equips online art marketplaces with a better, simpler way to convert art buyers online and secures their collection. This innovative solution enables artists, galleries and collectors to easy build a provenance history for their artwork, adding  value to their collection.

First Ever Tagsmart Workshop

Tagsmart Chairman Tom Toumazis MBE and Co- founder Steve Cooke are delighted to have hosted the first ever Tagsmart workshop. The two-day workshop have been held on Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th of February at Factory Fifteen right below the TagsmartHQ where people had the opportunity to learn about Tagsmart’s products and art authentication services. During the workshop the Tagsmart team explained the swift application process to secure artworks with Tagsmart DNA Tags, how to order Certificates of Authenticity via the platform and gave tips on how to better benefit from the services. The team showcased some of the new features of Tagsmart 2.0 which is due to launch in the newt couple of weeks. 

It’s bee extremely fun and and intensive learning experience but sadly now it’s a wrap! Thank you to all the artists and friends who came along. Next –> Roy’s People Art Fair, the first ever digitally certified art fair from the 12th to the 15th of April 2018. Stay tuned for the next Tagsmart events!

Episode 3. My Art Haven with award-winning Fine Art photographer: Gillian Hyland

The third My Art Haven episode kicks off with award-winning Fine Art photographer: Gillian Hyland.

Her first choice for the My Art Haven is the coloured and resplendent tapestry “The Agony in The Car Park” by the English artist GraysonPerry. The tapestry is inspired by Perry’s visit to Sunderland, a city in northeast England that is famous for its football team and is populated by large working-class communities. Watch the video to find out what other art Gillian’s has chosen for her My Art Haven. You’ll be amazed!

Watch out for the fourth episode with picture framer and fine art fabricator: Mark Darbyshire.