Smartify – Scan the art, uncover the story
BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz: "Smartify is the most elegant, unobtrusive, information-rich gallery guide I've seen. And it's free!"
New Scientist: “Image recognition app scans paintings to act like Shazam for art.”
Love visiting art galleries but miss not knowing the stories behind the artworks? Wish you could carry your favourite art with you, and show your collection to friends? Join the thousands of people who have used Smartify in museums and galleries across the world to discover and share art.
Hold your phone up to an artwork. The app will recognise the image and you'll be able to find out more about it immediately on your phone. Use the screen just like your phone camera - Tap the screen to focus and brighten, pinch to zoom in and out. No more squeezing through crowds to read that little label!
Scroll down to access audio commentary and additional information.
Swipe left to read about the artist.
Want to remember your favourite artworks? Simple. Tap the heart in the top right corner to add works to your personal collection.
Create a profile to keep art saved for you. Visit the ‘Profile’ page to sign in and edit settings.
To find out where you can use Smartify, plus trending artworks and highlights, tap ‘Explore’.
No fees or charges.
***Please note Smartify partners with museum and galleries to protect artist copyright and can only be used in specific venues. Visit the Explore page of the app for details***
***Where’s my art?***
You love the app but your favourite artwork or collection is not available yet. Drop us an message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will move mountains to make things happen!
Smartify is a social enterprise whose mission is to help people make meaningful connections with art. We believe nothing beats the physical experience of visiting a museum and want to make it easy to discover, remember and share art. If you are inspired by our story and work, get in touch: email@example.com.
The Smartify project is proud to be have been recognised for the following:
Winner 2018 - GloMo Awards: Most Innovative App;
Winner 2018 - Webby Awards: Art & Experimental;
Winner 2018 - Webby Awards: Best Use of Mobile Camera;
Winner 2017 - Apollo Awards: Digital Innovation of the Year;
Winner 2017 - ArtTech Forum EPFL: Start-up of the Year;
Winner 2017 - Start-Up & Scene Awards: Best Fine Art & Heritage;
Winner 2017 - The Good Web Guide Awards: Best Art & Culture;
Minor bug fixes and improvements.
By the way, if you have any suggestions, please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org !
Ratings and Reviews
I don't have anything to complain about this application. Everything works well. I can see clear the information of pictures.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed using Smartify!
Put your phone away
Just saw someone using this in a gallery. They were literally in front of amazing artwork -- staring at their phone screen. Everyone around was rolling their eyes as this person proceeded to strafe around the artwork, standing on people's feet, to rotate the virtual view. Don't be that person.
By all means look up more information about art but do it before/after taking in the art first-hand. And definitely don't look up information with your phone up in the air whilst stood infront a crowd of people trying to crane around you. I've never seen anything so pathetic.
Now to Devs: list which museums are covered in the app in the App Store description to save wasting people's time.
Limited to certain museums
The app only recognizes works from certain museums which have a partnership with the app developers. So for the time being it’s only useful if you want to find out more about a painting from one of these museums. Hopefully the list of supported galleries will grow in due course. If like me you downloaded the app expecting it to recognise a wide variety of art work from around the world you will probably be disappointed. In fairness to the app this is not what the app was designed for.
Developer Response ,
Hi LiquidMonkey, Thanks very much for your interest in Smartify. Sorry to hear you are frustrated with the limited number of works. We partner with each museum individually to ensure quality information and copyrights permission. We are working as fast as possible to launch at many more venues!
- SMARTIFY CIC
- 76.4 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2016 SMARTIFY C.I.C.
- In-App Purchases
- Highlights of the NPG £0.99
- Starry Night £0.99
- William Shakespeare (NPG 1) £0.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.