About

USEUM: Democratising Art

Art theorist André Malraux was the first to envision "Le musée imaginaire""the museum without walls" as it was translated that exhibits the world's greatest art all under one roof, free of georgraphical constraints. A realisation of Malraux's imaginary museum is USEUM, a virtual museum that democratises art. USEUM exhibits 84,000 paintings, illustrations & drawings by 8,000 classic artists and nearly 2,000 participant contemporary artists from 106 countries around the world. More importantly, with more than 100,000 artwork ratings to date, USEUM proudly features one of the first ever democratically-curated art exhibitions. On USEUM artists and museums promote their collections to an international demographic and can also earn revenues from them. Internet users and art lovers on USEUM: discover works of all times and genres; send their favourite ones as e-cards to their friends; learn about art with USEUM's educational knowledge base consisting of essays that explain in simple language all of the 16 major art movements from the History of Art; download and use freely thousands of famous artworks in high quality; play an active role in shaping fundamental aspects of USEUM, such as its curation (through artwork ratings), documentation (through artwork tagging) and its expansion (through the addition of artworks and the contribution of art history essays). USEUM begun as the Ph.D. project of Foteini Valeonti at the UCL in London with title "Making art accessible with crowdsourcing". With a background in Computer Science and a Masters in Interactive Digital Media from Ravensbourne (City University), where she specialised in new technologies for museums and cultural heritage, Foteini turned her PhD into a startup with the help of her co-founders after raising £110,000 from private investors. USEUM has received various disctintions, including EU's prestigious Seal of Excellence award, and it has been featured on numerous national and international media such as The Times, UCL's Bartlett Annual Review and Wall St. International.

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The Team
 


Foteini Valeonti
Co-founder & CEO


Dimitra Valeonti
Co-founder & COO


Georgios Tritos
Co-founder & CFO


Eftychios Valeontis
Co-founder & CTO


Dmitriy Tartynov
Software Developer


Loukas Dimitropoulos
Experience Architect


Keisha Ridwan
Product Designer


Aikaterini Stefanaki
Art Curator


Jesse Voetman
Art Historian


Evangelia Kakamanoudi
Social Media Manager


Pavlos Skoufis
SEO / IA Expert

Dora Pavlidou
Inbound Marketing


Sydney Amoakoh
Art Editor

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Lucia Vannini
Art Historian

 


Cristina Motta
Art Editor

 

 

 

 

Our Advisors
 


Prof. Andrew
Hudson-Smith

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Prof. Melissa
Terras

 

Georgios Papadopoulos

 

Neil
Chambers

 

Etienne
Verbist

 

 

 

Our Partners
 

USEUM started as a doctorate project at UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and is currently incubated there. UCL CASA has offered tremendous support to USEUM over the years and has played a critical role in its success today.

USEUM has partnered with Le Dame Art Gallery to promote emerging artists from all around the world to London's art scene. The inaugural USEUM Exhibition in collaboration with Le Dame Art Gallery took place in October 2015 at Meliã White House in London. Read more >


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