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:

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Episode 5. My Art Haven with Tagsmart Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Steve Cooke

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

The 5th My Art Episode episode opens up with Steve Cooke, Tagsmart Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer.

The 5th My Art Haven series carry on with new episodes. In this episode Steve Cooke reveals what he would own for his My Art Haven if money and space were no object. His first choice is a majestic statue which is located inside an Indian cave excavated around the 7th century A.D. Do you know which one it is? Find out more about the Indian Kailash Caves and the incredible statues they have inside and discover what else is in Steve’s fascinating My Art Haven collection.

What’s your My Art Haven collection? If you’d like to share it with us, please contact:

Tagsmart has been interviewed by BBC Click about authenticating the limited edition book ‘Ricochet: David Bowie 1983′

BBC Click interviewed Steve Cooke, Tagsmart Chief Innovation Officer and Pavel Baskakov, Tagsmart Product Developer, about the DNA technology that has been used to help authenticate David Bowie’s limited edition prints in the Bowie 1983 Book by the rock star photographer Denis O’Regan.


This episode looks at various technologies that are being used to investigate on art forgeries as well as the work Tagsmart is doing to help authenticate the David Bowie limited edition prints


Watch the video to find out more on how ‘Ricochet: David Bowie 1983′ book has been secured and authenticated by Tagsmart and what technology has been developed for it. 


You can watch the full episode at the following link:

The Denis and Tagsmart’s section goes from minute 08:33 to minute 13:00.

To know more about the limited edition ‘Ricochet: David Bowie 1983′:

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.


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:

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!

Tagsmart Weekly Discovery: Susan Morris: on Displaced or ‘Anti- Portaiture’

Susan Morris is a British artist born in Birmingham, Uk. She currently lives and works in London. Susan studied MA at Goldsmiths’ College and wrote a Ph.D. entitled On the Blank: Photography, Writing, Drawing at Central St Martins, UAL (2007). 


Susan’s fascinating work reflects aspects of selfhood that we cannot always fully control. Her Motion Capture Drawings, for example, reveal the involuntary movements that happen alongside intended gestures or actions, thereby making visible a kind of body unconscious. 


These artworks are produced in a motion capture studio. Here Morris, wearing sensors on various parts of her body (the hands, elbows, knees etc), is recorded while making a set of pre-planned, repetitive drawings. The data gathered is converted by algorithms into lines that trace the automatic or involuntary movements of the body. Output as large inkjet prints, they have been described as a form of displaced self-portraiture or ‘anti-portraiture’. Other work uses scientific-medical devices worn on the wrist to reveal a body embedded in clock and calendrical time, but which nevertheless often goes its own, unruly, way.


In 2010 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust grant to make new work for the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK. This developed into a large series of large tapestries woven directly from data tracking her sleep/wake patterns over a period of five years, which formed the major part of her solo exhibition Self Moderation at Kunsthaus PasquArt, Switzerland (2016).

Current exhibition: INTUITION, until the 26th of November 2017 at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (Italy) and IN FOR EVER: ARCHIVE STRATEGIES IN ART at at Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Freiburg (Germany), until 25th of February 2018.

Upcoming exhibition: THE BRAIN CLOSER THAN THE EYE from the 22nd of February 2018 until the 5th of May at Bartha Contemporary London.

Philip Mould & Co. and Tagsmart... Yep, that just happened!

We are delighted to have been featured in Melanie Gerlis’ column in the FT Collecting supplement this past weekend announcing our strategic partnership with British and Old Masters dealer Philip Mould and his prestigious London gallery.


A selection of the gallery’s artworks will be marked with Philip Mould-branded tags, and accompanied by its Certificate of Authenticity and secure digital record. The first artworks to be tagged will be by Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris.


Philip Mould OBE explains that “there is now an increasing need to inject security and confidence into the art market. The art world, particularly 20th-century art, is in peril of fakery.”

The leading art specialist and co-presenter of BBC’s Fake or Fortune? will also contribute his extensive knowledge in art conservation, restoration and issues of authenticity to the ongoing development of Tagsmart’s products and services. Tom Toumazis MBE, Chairman of Tagsmart said: “To have the opportunity to work with the Philip Mould gallery and also welcome Philip as one of our Strategic Advisors is a significant step in the development of our business.”

Tagsmart tags Chris Levine’s latest series of portraits showing at The Fine Art Society

Tagsmart have worked with Chris Levine on his latest exhibition ‘Who are wE’ at The Fine Art Society until 19 May 2017. In his breath-taking photographs, the artist uses lenticular light-boxes illuminating the world’s most famous faces in three dimensions.


The highly acclaimed artist joined Tagsmart in November 2016 to protect his artwork and seal the authenticity of his photographs. For this exhibition, the Tagsmart team visited TwelveArts to carefully place our Smart Tags for paper and aluminium on his most recent series of British Portraits, these included; supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, fashion designer Paul Smith and explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes, to name a few.


Our Smart Tags hold the most advanced technological security features, including our unique synthetic DNA. All Smart Tags are incredibly discrete, carefully applied to the back of an artwork. These are entirely tamperproof and if you were to attempt to remove it, then it would be completely destroyed and deemed unusable. Each unique Smart Tag links to a physical certificate and digital artwork record and together provides an irrefutable solution for sealing artwork authenticity.


Most recently Levine’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen ‘Lightness of Being’, hailed as one of the most iconic images of the 21st century, sold at Sotheby’s for a staggering £187,500. Tagsmart is honoured to collaborate with such a renowned artist, who combines art and technology in the creation of innovative work.