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Augmented Reality Art Gallery

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Bringing a new way of seeing art, and a new way of experiencing an art exhibition, get ready to explore art beyond gallery walls, featuring works from London’s leading institutions and Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.

Event Info

Date & Time

May 06 - September 30

Tickets & Prices

This is a FREE, non-ticketed event.

Simply download the app for free on your iOS or Android device and explore the streets of London's West End to get started. Search "Art of London AR Gallery" to find the app in your app store.

For those looking to make the most of their visit, check out the Augmented Reality itinerary, offering complimentary things to do on your tour and even more art to explore.

Explore the itinerary

Image credit: Equestrian Portrait of Charles, by Anthony van Dyck, about 1637-8 © The National Gallery, London

This summer, get ready to experience art in a whole new way.

Art of London will be spilling art onto the streets of London’s West End with an Augmented Reality Art Gallery, bringing a new way of seeing art, and a new way of experiencing an art exhibition.

From 6th May, the Augmented Gallery offers a free cutting-edge public art experience showcasing paintings from London’s leading institutions through an accessible augmented reality app.

At this challenging time, galleries will be coming together to display a curation of their most beloved classic art pieces outdoors in an free and accessible environment for all, using augmented reality to present the public with the art gallery of the future.

Follow a collectable trail of digital art from Trafalgar Square to Green Park and explore a fascinating curation of masterpieces. Works from the likes of the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year will all be on display, offering you the chance to experience their art beyond gallery walls.

Download the app on iOS or Android and visit London’s West End to get started. Simply, search "Art of London AR Gallery" to find the app in your app store.

Plus, for those looking to make a day of your visit to the Augmented Reality Art Gallery, check out our itinerary. Filled with complimentary things to do and even more art to explore, get ready to plan the ultimate trip for art addicts in London's West End.

The Augmented Gallery has been extended to include three brand new locations, including showcasing artwork from the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year, from 8th July 2021.

Additional artworks added to the trail from July include The Wilton Diptych from the National Gallery located at The May Fair Hotel, a colourful portrait interpretation of David Bowie by Stephen Finer. Located at the The Wolseley portrait of much-loved DJ and Music Producer Jazzie B Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year 2019 finalist, Tom Mead.

Brought to you by Art of London, in partnership with National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and broadcast partner Sky Arts.

Image credit, left to right: Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh from the National Gallery collection; Sir Ian McKellen by Christian Hook from Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year; Angelica Kauffman RA, Design, 1778-80, Oil on canvas, 126 x 148.5 cm. Photo credit: ©Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond; Nile Rodgers by Christabel Blackburne from Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.

Want to try the trail?

The trail is free and available at the push of a button. To get started, simply download the app on your iOS or Android device. Or, search "Art of London AR Gallery" to find the app in your app store.

Within the app, you’ll find a map, highlighting the trail of contemporary plaques which you’ll need to find on walls spread around the West End, from Orange Street to St. Martin’s Lane, Leicester Square through to Piccadilly Circus, around St James’s towards Piccadilly.

Each plaque contains a description of the trail, the specific painting and a QR code. When scanned, this opens the app and the user can tilt phone up to the easily identifiable Art of London marker located on the wall to view painting through augmented reality.

The makers are the key to unlocking each painting. They look just like the images below.

Image credit: Bathers at Asnieres by Georges Seurat from the National Gallery collection.

Want to learn more about the works on display?

Get ready to explore artworks from the three headline galleries National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts, alongside contemporary works from artists from Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.

From Anthony van Dyck’s Equestrian Portrait of Charles I, which spans over 3.5 metres high and nearly 3 metres wide, located on the National Gallery’s wall, to Sir Ian McKellen by Christian Hook from Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014, there’s something for everyone to discover in the heart of London’s West End.

To learn more about each painting, discover the trail and immerse yourself in art. The full list of works on display and their locations are:

  1. National Gallery on St Martin's Street - Equestrian Portrait of Charles, by Anthony van Dyck from the National Gallery collection.
  2. National Gallery X on St Martin's Street - Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Artemisia Gentileschi from the National Gallery collection
  3. National Portrait Gallery on Orange Street - Malala Yousafzai by Shirin Neshat from the National Portrait Gallery collection
  4. English National Opera (Coliseum), 31 St. Martin’s Lane - Shakespeare: The Chandos Portrait, associated with John Taylor from the National Portrait Gallery collection
  5. 114 St. Martin’s Lane - Sir Tom Jones by Duncan Shoosmith from Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year
  6. 11-13 Cecil Court - Mary Seacole by Albert Charles Challen from the National Portrait Gallery collection
  7. Peter Ellis Bookshop, 18 Cecil Court - Design by Angelica Kauffman from the Royal Academy of Arts collection
  8. Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road - Sir Ian McKellen by Christian Hook from Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year
  9. Noël Coward Theatre, 85-88 St. Martin’s Lane - Noël Coward by Clemence Dane from the National Portrait Gallery collection
  10. 130 Jermyn Street - Bathers at Asnieres by Georges Seurat from the National Gallery collection
  11. St James's Market & St Albans Street - Collective Unconscious by Eileen Agar from the Royal Academy of Arts collection
  12. 1 St James’s Market - We Move in Her Way: Dancers by Sonia Boyce from the Royal Academy of Arts collection
  13. Agent F Florist, 3 St. James’ Market - Diana and Actaeon by Titian from the National Gallery collection
  14. 120 Jermyn Street - Spring by Mary Moser from the Royal Academy of Arts collection
  15. Old Tower Records building, Piccadilly Circus - Trying to Find You 1 by Tracey Emin from the Royal Academy of Arts collection
  16. Princes Arcade, St. James's - Willard White by Ishbel Myerscough from the National Portrait Gallery Collection
  17. Duke Street & Jermyn Street - Nile Rodgers by Christabel Blackburne from Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year
  18. 76 Jermyn Street - Imelda Staunton by Liam Dickinson from Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year
  19. 34 Jermyn Street - Elaine Paige by Toby Michel from Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year
  20. Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly - Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh from the National Gallery collection

Image credit, left to right: Noël Coward by Clemence Dane, before 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London; Bathers at Asnieres by Georges Seurat from the National Gallery collection; Malala Yousafzai by Shirin Neshat, 2018 © National Portrait Gallery, London; Mary Moser RA, Spring, c.1780, oil on canvas, 63.5 x 53.3 cm. Photo credit: ©Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond.

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