Artfinder founder Jonas Almgren
BQ takes a look at some of the UK’s most disruptive start-ups who are painting an entirely new picture of the art sector…
Over the years we’ve seen even the most traditional of industries be transformed by the emergence of new technologies.
From the rise of Uber transforming the taxi industry to the development of smart cow bells changing the way farmers monitor their livestock, tech disruption is evident in all industries, whether welcome or not.
One of the industries which, as many purveyors will tell you, has been quite stubborn to embrace new technologies, has been the art sector.
Over the years, the creative industries have been transformed by new innovations however the art sector has taken longer than many of its counterparts to embrace new technology.
But, as we’ve seen with many other industries, there is only so long you can go before it catches up with you and you can’t escape it.
Whether it’s the creation of art itself, the displaying of it, or the selling of it, almost every aspect of the industry is now being transformed by tech, and the UK is leading the revolution.
We take a look at five of the most disruptive start-ups who are leading the charge…
Artfinder is the first of the companies on our list. Founded by Swedish entrepreneur Jonas Almgren, the London-based company is transforming the way independent artists market and sell their work.
The online platform does this by connecting buyers with independent artists around the world. Every single piece is original and signed by the artist, carrying its own unique story.
Almgren founded Artfinder due to the fact that artists exist everywhere - as do buyers. Artfinder helps connect people with art which previously, they may never have stumbled upon.
Born from the desire to help the creative industry to be more efficient with their resources, Vastari is changing the way the sector connects and collaborates.
A graduate of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Programme, the company allows private collectors to upload their objects to a secure online database and remain anonymous.
Registered and verified museums have access to this database and can search through it for works relevant to future exhibitions, connecting them with art they may have never previously had access to.
Founded in 2012, the company has since closed a number of major fundraising rounds led by private investors and now has access to over 500,000 works and boasts around 900 registered museums from across the globe.
The founders of Rise Art, a self-confessed bunch of art fanatics and digital evangelists, launched the business in a bid to use the internet to help people get great art into their lives.
Its online platform provides users with a fun quiz which then helps them discover art they love. Its curators then select original works from up and coming and established artists tailored to their interests.
However, unlike most other platforms, Rise Art doesn’t just give users the ability to buy unique pieces of art, but it also gives them the option to rent, helping people collect art without the risk whilst supporting independent artists.
Finally, we have Sedition, probably the most disruptive of the five.
Whereas most of the afore mentioned start-ups are working with artists and their sought-after pieces of physical art, Sedition is doing the same, but online.
The platform provides buyers with an opportunity to collect and enjoy limited edition artworks, which have been exclusively created by the world’s greatest contemporary artists, solely for online use.
Sedition securely stores your collection, so you can access it anytime, anywhere, on any screen, across your devices. It offers a whole new world of digital art, right at your fingertips, and lets you create your own art collection without needing physical space.
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