Conservation, condition report, treatment, damage

Articheck, London, Digital Condition Reports by Annika Ericson

Fine art is fragile, often irreplaceable, and generally high value. So naturally, it attracts a hefty amount of paperwork, especially as it travels when it’s at greatest risk of damage. Pieces frequently loop the globe for exhibitions, art fairs and travel between private collections. Regular checks for damage before and after every movement prevent further damage and accurate documentation clarifies liability.

Condition reports are the lynchpins that hold this vital documentation together as they provide baseline information on each artwork. Traditionally, condition reports are sprawling handwritten documents that are difficult to read, and often suffer from poor quality when done quickly. Annika Erikson, founder and CEO of Articheck, came up with the idea for better and faster ways of condition reporting while working as a paper conservator at Tate. She wanted to focus on treatment, research and collection care instead of drowning in eternally expanding seas of paperwork. And thus, Articheck was born.
Articheck is an award-winning app which helps users create digital condition reports in minutes, instead of hours. So far in timed tests, Articheck saves around 30 minutes per report, which works out to one month of staff time for every 280 reports done. It’s universal system is replete with an in-app guide; smart, customisable media templates; use of voice recognition features and on-screen image annotations which reduce human error and boost efficiency. Articheck brings all the tools and elements needed for the condition report process in one convenient mobile package. Watch our video for a quick overview.
Articheck is now well on its way to becoming the passport for art, stamped at each point of entry and exit: building a full provenance of movement, exhibition and condition history in one place. It’s an invaluable resource for private conservators, museums, galleries, dealers, collectors and insurers for claims, authentication and valuation. It provides streamlined and legally verifiable documentation with the push of a button in a private, secure environment.
Annika had the idea in late 2010, went through a period of research and development and fundraising, and launched a prototype of articheck in summer 2013, the full version out of Beta in October 2014. Current clients include Stephen Friedman, Lisson Gallery, David Zwirner, the American Folk Art Museum and other institutions.

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We offer a free 7 day trial period to all new users and then operate on a subscription-by-volume basis. Articheck is free for students and recent graduates. A 10% discount is offered to clients of Renée Pfister Art & Gallery, please quote Renée10

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