Smartify | Artwork recognition for your phone

Download the app, scan the art, uncover the story.

Discover the stories behind the art with the National Galleries of Scotland and Smartify, the free informative art app. Visitors to the Scottish National Gallery, Modern One at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery can now access additional information about the artworks on display using their own phone.

5 Simple steps

Scan most of the art in the galleries (or even the grounds at Modern One) to learn even more about the work and the artist.

  1. Go to the Apple App Store or Android Google Play store.
  2. Download the app.
  3. Open the app and hold your phone camera up to your chosen artwork.
  4. This ‘scans’ the work and provides extra information as well as background on the artist.
  5. Plug in your headphones, listen to the audio tour. Learn about the work, find pieces by the same artist and save any for later.
  6. Alternatively, scan the QR code on the display wall panel and enjoy the selected audio content.

You can also build your collection of favourite works in the app from the National Galleries of Scotland and other participating organisations from around the world.

In addition to providing access to more information about artworks, the app can also be used by visually impaired visitors to provide enlarged text labels for works on display.

The app includes (almost) all works on display at the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

How to use Smartify

A quick and easy guide to using the app from our friends at Smartify.

Smartify is available for both Android and iOS.


3 October 2019