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 Modern One at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art can now access additional information about the artworks on display using their own phone.

5 Simple steps

Scan most of the art in the gallery or 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. Learn about the work, find pieces by the same artist and save any for later - build up your favourites in the app.

You can also build your own collections of works from the National Galleries of Scotland and other participating organisations.

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 Modern One with the Scottish National Gallery and Scottish National Portrait Gallery coming soon.

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