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Summer Exhibitions and Events

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Friday 1 June 2012

Summer Exhibitions and Events

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square is dressed to celebrate this unique year for London with flags from each of the Olympic countries displayed on the glass pavilion entrance.

Whilst inside and outside the Church and Crypt visitors can take in free exhibitions, uplifting  services, outstanding evening and lunchtime concerts and dynamic jazz nights.  Join us this summer at the world church of St Martin-in-the-Fields as the best of London is showcased to

Flags from each Olympic and Paralympic nation garland the glass pavilion entrance to the Café in the Crypt, Les Routiers London Café of the Year 2012.  Over 200 flags designed as Olympic Bunting encircle the glass pavilion entrance to the Crypt at St Martin’s to welcome and celebrate the diversity of people from around the world who will be in and around Trafalgar Square over the summer. 

On display on the railings outside this beautiful 18th century church discover Hard Rain Project’s Whole Earth? Mark Edwards’ brilliant photographs and thought provoking text present the potential solutions to the issues and global challenges of climate change until 28 September.   Hard Rain inspires reflection upon issues that demand action and encourages   all of us to become part of the solution.  The Hard Rain Project brilliantly leads us into a consideration of alternatives and realization that ignoring the problems of climate change is not a solution.  Simultaneously with Olympic Games celebrating global relationships in sport, this Hard Rain exhibition requires a harder look at what international partnership is really all about if we all are to be careful stewards of our earth.

40 stunning figures, each 2.4 metres high, carved from lime trees which bore witness to many dramatic events that shaped the lives of people for the last 100 years, form Odyssey artist Robert Koenig’s attempts to reflect his ancestral roots.  The trees grew around Koenig’s mother’s home village in Poland.  Odyssey continues inside and outside St Martin’s until 19 July.

100 Faces of London is a photographic celebration of diversity exploring  the journeys of Londoners from across the globe in an exhibition by artist/photographer Milan Svanderlik in in the Gallery at St Martin’s from 11 June – 15 July.

Nearly 3,000 embroidered postcard sized images produced by UK wide branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild depict the life and times of over 200 sporting nations in an exhibition entitled  Welcoming Athletes of the World.  This spectacular tribute in stitch is on display in the Gallery from 30 July – 23 September.

Music has been part of the fabric of St Martin’s since Handel and Mozart performed here and continues to be interwoven into every day at St Martin’s. In addition to our regular church services join us for some special choral services with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields on Sundays and Wednesdays.  On Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday there are free lunchtime concerts, ticketed evening concerts on Thursdays-Saturdays and Wednesday Jazz Nights.

After an exhibition, service or concert join us downstairs in The Café in the Crypt –  recent winner of the Les Routiers London Cafe of the Year 2012. Or pop into the Shop for some official Olympic and Paralympic merchandise or to partake in traditional brass rubbing.

During this summer and throughout the year St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square  welcomes visitors from around the world to be inspired, intrigued, entertained and energised as they make St Martin’s their London home away from home.