Annika Erikson

Annika is Founder & CEO of Articheck: the passport for art, a liability audit trail that gets stamped at each movement, condition change, insurance change, and transaction.

Annika Erikson studied Paper Conservation at UAL, Renaissance Art History in Tuscany, and the Classics in Greece, before working in conservation and collection care at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Horticultural Society, and Tate, where she got the idea in 2010 to create a mobile digital tool to streamline and create an industry standard in condition reports and conservation documentation. After opening a new conservation studio for John Jones, she became an entrepreneur and founded Articheck in 2013.

Tim Jackson invested in Articheck, mentored Annika in business and became Chairman of Articheck.  After a Beta trial of the prototype in 2014, the full product was launched in 2015, first to shippers, collectors and galleries, and after to museums and conservators. Over 400,000 reports have now been written by over 200 organisations using the system globally. This year Articheck started working with major auction houses, and are now exploring insurance and financial products, as well as integrations with collection management and inventory systems. Articheck is now backed by over 30 angel investors, with Sir David Verey on the board, lead non-exec in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, former Chairman of Lazards, the board of Trustees at Tate, the Art Fund, the Government Art Collection, and Trustee of the British Council.  Currently he is Chair of Trustees of Friends of Leighton House and of Advisory Committee of Government Art Collection.

Annika is a member of AiA, Art Innovators Alliance, ICOM, the International Council of Museums, and a member of CIDOC, the ICOM committee for documentation, as well at ICON, the Institute of Conservation, and the new initiative AIS, Art Identification Standard, as well as a Fellow of the Linnaean Society.

Annika has lectured at Sotheby’s Institute, NYU, UCL, Christie’s Education, Kingston University, City and Guilds, and Korean Art Management.

A member of Extinction Rebellion, Annika is also passionate about climate change and the need to act now.