About Us

Background
The Tagsmart journey began when globally renowned frame-maker and art fabricator Mark Darbyshire and product designer Steve Cooke got together to explore a solution for authenticating art and creating a truly secure provenance history for individual works. Joined by CEO Lawrence Merritt (ex-PhotoBox, Yahoo!) and with the backing of a highly committed Board, this collaboration expanded to include some of the UK's foremost security, art conservation, software and materials science experts.

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