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Exhibitions at St Martin-in-the-Fields, March – June 2014

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Monday 3 March 2014

Exhibitions at St Martin-in-the-Fields, March – June 2014

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ is renowned throughout the world for its music, architecture, hospitality and a forward-thinking approach to supporting people in need.

From London’s first free lending library and religious broadcast, to pioneering work with homeless people and its world-renowned music programme, St Martin’s continues to break new ground in defining what it means to be a church. St Martin’s hosts art exhibitions in the Foyer, Hall and Gallery in the Crypt as well as outside on the Church railings. St Martin’s offers a platform for artists and organisations to display their works, to deliver a message of hope and to encourage viewers to re-examine their perspectives on the modern world. www.smitf.org 


3 –16 March 2014: Gallery Exhibition

Minus 1: New Paintings for Everyday Life

Taking as their starting point the Picasso quote “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”, this group of contemporary artists is showing a diverse collection of abstract and figurative work. Their hope is that visitors taking a break from the noise and bustle of central London can find something in this peaceful gallery on which to contemplate and reflect. The paintings cover many themes from intense personal biography to an examination of the forces that shape our landscapes.  Artworks are by Deborah Burnstone, Annie Price, Christine Roche, Chris Shurety, and Frances Steele.  www.minus1painters.blogspot.com


17 March – 12 April 2014: Gallery Exhibition

The Music Makers: An Exhibition by Joshua Hayes and Philip Surey

Image of musical instruments under constructionPhotographer Joshua Hayes and artist Philip Surey have created an exciting exhibition offering a visual expression of classical music. Joshua has spent the last year photographing the British craftsmen and women who make classical musical instruments, as well as composers and performers. He has created a persuasive dialogue between the factual and his emotive response to the subject. Phil Surey has responded to this work to produce three large fabric wall hangings – paintings – that are visual manifestations of music, together with a series of slate tables with keywords that resonated with the composers when creating their work.  

Please note, the Gallery will be closed at the following times:

Friday 21 March, from 3.00pm
Friday 28 March, all day,


14 April – 11 May 2014: Gallery Exhibition

Feza Erkeller-Yuksel and Helen Lee

Woman in red dress in three different stills. ResIstanbul, Woman in Red  by Feza Erkeller-YukselFeza Erkeller-Yuksel and Helen Lee return to the Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields with their latest show, ‘Point of View’. The London-based painters, share an interest in portraying moments of urban life as they present the modern city space in all its vibrant diversity. Feza brings a sharp political eye to her latest work in oil, creating an atmosphere of life in London and Istanbul. Helen focuses on detailed rendering of architectural forms of London in ink and watercolour.  www.fezaerkeller.com www.helenklee.co.uk

Please note, the Gallery will be closed at the following times:

Friday 18 April, from 12.00pm-4.00pm
Tuesday 29 April, from 6.00pm


12 – 25 May 2014: Gallery Exhibition

Benoît Cazelles

Red and yellow Phoenix sitting on a tree with flame. Benoit Cazelles illuminationDiscover illuminations as you’ve never seen them before. Benoît Cazelles paints miniatures on real parchment with natural pigments and gold leaf, displaying the same patience and dexterity as the master illuminators of the Middle Ages. His Phoenix for example, with its stunning gradients of colours, represents almost three months work, while his miniature trees of life on gold-gilded pebbles are beautiful jewels to behold. His remarkable talent as an artist lies in his contemporary style, which brings an original and refreshing dimension to this art. Benoît invites you to contemplate his myriad of non-figurative and realistic motifs bursting with light, reflections and vitality. www.benoît-cazelles.com

Please note, the Gallery will be closed at the following times:

Tuesday 20 May, from 3.00pm
Tuesday 27 May, from 3.00pm


26 May – 22 June 2014: Gallery Exhibition

The Refugee’s Gift: an exhibition of photographs by William Knight for the Refugee Council

An image from William Knight's exhibition 'A Refugee's Gift'These photographs by Bill Knight for the Refugee Council show refugees and the contribution they make to life in the United Kingdom. Here are people who have escaped from persecution from modern conflicts and those that took place decades ago but who have benefited from our long tradition of offering asylum. They may have arrived recently from conflicts in Syria, Eritrea, or Somalia, or sought safety decades ago from Hitler’s Germany. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, most arrived with few material possessions – but they all came with an unstoppable determination to make a new life.


23 June – 20 July 2014: Gallery Exhibition

My London by Renos Lavithis

Image from Renos Lavithis' 'My London' exhibitionRenos Lavithis worked as an artist for the Daily Mail for many years. He now visits and explores his old haunts, and places of the legendary press centre of the world, but also many of his favourite spots of London, including scenes along the River Thames, drawing them on paper with ink, pencil, graphite and watercolour wash. For the first time, alongside these works, Renos will be exhibiting those celebrating the London 2012 Olympics. Some other works of London such as open spaces are painted with oils. www.renosart.co.uk

Please note, the Gallery will be closed at the following times:

Friday 27 June, from 3.00pm


Exhibitions at St Martin’s are FREE and the opening hours of the Foyer and Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields are Monday -Tuesday 8.00am – 8.00pm, Wednesday 8.00am- 6.30pm, Thursday-Saturday 8.00am-9.00pm and Sunday 11.00am-6.00pm.  The Hall is open Monday-Saturday from 10.00am-7.00pm. If we have to close any space for a special event, the details will be on our website www.smitf.org.  For further press information email julie.emig@smitf.org or telephone 020 7766 1115.