Artwork App Similar To Tinder Debuts in South Africa

Exhibid, a new smartphone app, hopes to become the ‘Tinder for art buyers’ and to connect those looking for art with those selling it nearby.

The new app uses GPS technology to serve up all of the artworks available in a user’s geographical area, which is similar to how Tinder finds its users’ matches.

Exhibid has a built-in bidding system to allow a potential buyer to make an offer on a piece of art, and once a bid is accepted it then allows a payment to be made.

The payment is made via a secure payment gateway for the buyer and artist to be connected on the app, and they can then arrange a collection between them.

The app also has a ‘discover’ mode which allows users to virtually browse various pieces of artwork in different countries.

Exhibid’s creator and artist, Cedric Vanderlinden, said the inspiration for the new app came from dating apps, as he believes it is similar for artists to find the correct match in art work, in the same way as online dating.

Vanderlinden said: “I’ve always believed that finding the right artwork is like falling in love, in that it is incredibly difficult. In both instances, you have to meet the right person at the right time in the right circumstances, which is almost impossible. Galleries act as tastemakers and gatekeepers and they wield an enormous amount of power. If you’re going to a gallery, you are seeing only a few selected artists, and from those artists you’re only seeing a few selected works. Even if you like the artist, there’s nothing to say that what he or she has on show is exactly what you are looking for.”

Exhibid has been in development for two years and has recently launched in South Africa, with a piece of artwork staying on the app for up to three months.

Vanderlinden added: “This is one of the major markets that we are trying to activate – every artist that I know is sitting on a stockpile of artworks that have been shown but just haven’t found the right buyer at the right time for the right price. If someone makes them an offer and they decide to accept it, surely it’s better than just sitting there gathering dust?”

The app is available to download here.