Trafalgar Square is well known as the location for the world famous art collections in the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery. But in the Crypt of St Martin’s we have our own special space for art lovers.
The Gallery in the Crypt’s dramatic 18th century architecture makes a stunning backdrop to display modern art and photography. Exhibitions are open to the public on Monday-Tuesday 8.00am- 8.00pm, Wednesday 8.00am-6.00pm, Thursday-Saturday 8.00am-9.00pm and Sunday 11.00am-6.00pm. If we have to close the Gallery for a private event the details will be listed here.
From 2016 the Gallery will be home to a semi-permanent display of art works from the Saint John’s Bible. St Martin’s was donated a set of the Heritage editions of the Saint John’s Bible (currently on display in the foyer). Given the huge variety of beautiful illustrations in the Bible the display will change in format throughout the year. From time to time this exhibition will be interspersed with occasional shows that support causes that are close to the work of St Martin’s or are closely linked with charities that we work with in our day to day life.
Tuesday 30 May – Monday 3 July
Les Colombes: The White Doves by Michael Pendry
This multimedia installation by Michael Pendry features a sculpture of a floating flight of more than 2,000 origami doves. Light moves around the space and over the sculpture simulating the doves in flight. A sound cloud especially composed for the installation, infuses the space with the sound of cooing and fluttering of wings. The installation seeks a sense of the Holy Spirit and creates an atmosphere full of calmness and virtue in a gentle and playful way.
Visitors to St Martin’s are invited to write a message of hope on a piece of white paper before folding it into a dove some of which will then be added to the flock. People of all faiths or of none, people who have homes or who are homeless, those who live or work locally or are visitors or refugees are inspired to create, fold, contemplate and reflect and to start new dialogues and ways of thinking. Visit our website for information and details on special opening nights.
Regular opening times are:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 8.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-6.00pm.
Wednesday: 8.30am-1.15pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
Thursday: 8.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-6.00pm
Our late opening hours for Les Colombes are:
Wednesday, 31 May to 10.30pm
Thursday, 1 June from 9:30pm to 11.00pm
Thursday, 8, 15, 22 and 29 June to 11.00pm
Friday, 9, 16, 23 and 30 June from 9:30pm to 11.00pm
Monday 22 May – Friday 23 June
One meal a day: the Lake Chad crisis in pictures
Imagine living off just one meal a day. This is the reality for some in Africa’s Lake Chad region where over nine million people are in need of the very basics to survive. Award-winning photographer Chris de Bode travelled to Cameroon with the British Red Cross to document the devastating humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Lake Chad region. Chris presents the story through food, telling the powerful individual accounts of conflict, displacement, refuge and hospitality of those surviving on so little.
Sunday 2 July – Sunday 20 August
In the Foyer
I AM is a peacebuilding art exhibition organised by CARAVAN that showcases the insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women as they confront issues of culture, religion and social reality in a rapidly changing world both in the Middle East and West. Designed to address stereotypes and challenge misconceptions of the ‘other’, the I AM exhibition will be a visual celebration of the crucial role that Middle Eastern women play in the enduring global quest for a more harmonious and peaceful future.
Foyer opening times are:
Monday, Tuesday: 8.00am-8.00pm
Thursday – Saturday: 08.00am-9.00pm
Gallery opening times are:
Monday, Tuesday: 11.00am-8.00pm
Wednesday: 11.00am-6.30pm – Jazz ticket holders only in the Café after 6.30pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11.00am-9.00pm
Changes to gallery regular opening times
Due to private events the Gallery will be closed to the public at the following times:
Monday 3 July: 5.00pm-8.00pm
Thursday 6 July: 5.30pm-9.00pm
All day from Monday 10 July -Thursday 13 July
And every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.30pm to 5.00pm