Discover the stories behind the art with the National Galleries of Scotland and Smartify, the free informative art app. Visitors to the National, Modern One and the Portrait 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.
Alternatively, scan the QR code on the display wall panel and enjoy the selected audio content.
- Go to the Apple App Store or Android Google Play store.
- Download the app.
- Open the app and hold your phone camera up to your chosen artwork.
- This ‘scans’ the work and provides extra information as well as background on the artist.
- Plug in your headphones, listen to the audio tour. Learn about the work, find pieces by the same artist and save any for later.
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 National , Modern One and the Portrait.
How to use Smartify
A quick and easy guide to using the app from our friends at Smartify.
Tours on Smartify
Explore artworks in the collection and exhibitions through these audio tours and artwork trails. You can enjoy them at home or in the gallery using your own device either via the links below or in the Smartify app.
Grayson Perry | Smash Hits
In this audio tour Grayson Perry looks in depth at a selection of the artwork in Smash Hits. In the 19 stops on the tour, Grayson discusses everything from the cycle of life, class, masculinity, and the art establishment, and he also includes a number of items from his acclaimed TV shows.
We have invited a wide range of diverse and exciting interviewees to share their perspectives and opinions about the works on display.
Decades | The Art of Change 1900–1980
This fascinating, free exhibition takes a journey through 80 years of art, from 1900 to the 1970s. The tour includes descriptions and insights for 14 of the artworks on display.
This audio tour will guide you through the Portrait. You’ll hear from a variety of artists, authors, academics, curators and commentators.
13% of people in Scotland identify as having ginger hair. Many of the portraits in the gallery, dating from the sixteenth century to the present day, feature individuals with varying shades of red hair.
Conversations with the Collection | Welcome Audio Tour
Our curators introduce the themes of the display room by room and explain how they have drawn from the collection of modern and contemporary art to unearth evocative stories and create bold comparisons.
Conversations with the Collection | A conversation piece
For this audio tour of the Conversations with the Collection display at Modern One we have invited guests to share their thoughts on a selection of artworks from the display.
Audio Described tours on Smartify
Explore artworks in the collection and exhibitions through these audio described tours and artwork trails. You can enjoy them at home or in the gallery using your own device either via the links below or in the Smartify app.
Alberta Whittle | create dangerously
Enjoy these audio descriptions of selected artworks from the exhibition Alberta Whittle | create dangerously at the Modern.
Join Artist, Juliana Capes as she takes you on a touch tour of the sculpture park at the Modern.
Enjoy an audio described tour of some of the best-loved artworks on display at the National.
Enjoy an audio described tours tour of iconic portraits at the Portrait.