Six new art apps

  • 4 April 2014

To celebrate the launch of Art Guide 2.0 we take a look at some other exciting new releases from the past 12 months.

Art Guide

Free

Of course we had to kick off with our brilliant Art Guide app. Providing you with information on all the latest exhibitions and over 740 UK museums and galleries, this handy little app also lets you search based on your location and reminds you when a show on your wishlist is due to close. Version 2.0 – launched last month – includes all the same features you know and love, but with a clean new design and beautiful high resolution images.

Download via Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Titian & Diana

Free

To celebrate the Scottish National Gallery and the National Gallery London's joint acquisition of two Titian masterpieces – made possible thanks to Art Fund support – this app delves deep into the works' fascinating history. Music, curatorial interviews and re-enacted historical scenes shed light on the artist's rise to stardom in 15th-century Venice and how the Second World War prompted the pieces' arrival in Scotland. Both are currently on display at the gallery in Edinburgh.

Download via the iTunes App Store.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Free

A multimedia guide to Barbican's spectacular Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective, this app features an introductory video by the designer, as well as interviews with his muses and collaborators. Exclusive content includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Odile Gilbert’s Paris studio.

Available from 9 April. Download via Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

£1.99

Whether you've seen the tapestries for yourself, watched the Channel 4 documentary about their making or just can't get enough of the cross-dressing Turner Prize-winning artist, this app is full of great features for you to enjoy. Grayson Perry provides commentary for each of his six tapestries, which explore the British class system and how it influences ideas of taste. Also included are close-up images of the works and an essay on how they were made, as well as art historical insights and illustrations. The tapestries are currently on display in Birmingham as part of an Art Fund-supported tour of the UK.

Download via the App Store.

Artsy

Free

Whether you're an established or aspiring collector – or just interested in finding out more about specific works of art – Artsy provides images of more than 100,000 pieces on display in museums, galleries and fairs across the world. Spanning Old Masters to cutting-edge contemporary artists, featured are the likes of Monet, Warhol, Koons and Sherman. You can also request advice from industry specialists who have worked at top auction houses, including Christie's and Sotheby's.

Download via the App Store.

Museum of London: Streetmuseum

Free

Hold your camera up to a present-day London location and this app provides a matching historical image of the same street scene from the museum's archive, as well as related information and trivia. You can also use the app to create your own trails around the city, taking in key sites from the Great Fire of London or the popular haunts of the Swinging Sixties.

Download via Google Play or the App Store.

For more suggestions, take a look at our six apps for art lovers, five arty iPad apps, or best summer art apps.