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.
Friday 29 April – Monday 30 May
The Templeton Prize Exhibition
The Templeton Prize honours a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Established in 1972 by the late Sir JohnTempleton, the Prize aims, in his words, to identify “entrepreneurs of the spirit” – outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality. The 2016 Templeton Laureate is Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks who has spent decades bringing spiritual insight to the public conversation through mass media, popular lectures and more than two dozen books. It is his central message of appreciation and respect of all faiths, with an emphasis that recognising the values of each is the only path to effectively combat the global rise of violence and terrorism, which sets him apart as one of the world’s most respected intellectuals and world’s most respected intellectuals and admired religious leaders. The Templeton Prize Exhibition recognises the current and previous laureates.
Wednesday 1 June – Sunday 31 July
Landscapes and Gardens from the Embroiderer’s Guild
Embroiderer’s from across the UK have taken inspiration from the palace gardens designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 300th anniversary of his birth. Using fabric and thread Embroiderer’s Guild members have interpreted these stunning landscapes to produce unique pieces of work for display in 43 venues including St Martin’s in the Fields. On the Thursday afternoons throughout the exhibition Guild members will be on site, so that visitors can see embroidery being demonstrated and have a go at some stitching themselves.
Free embroidery sessions take place from 1.00pm-5.00pm on 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 June and 7, 14, 21 and 28 July.
Friday 5 August – end September
The Connection at St Martin’s Art Group Exhibition
The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields is London’s busiest homelessness charity supporting people away from the streets through specialist a daily drop in art group to support people to discover the benefits of using different media like paint, pencil and sculpture. For many people creating art is therapeutic and helps them to deal with their homelessness and other crises they may be facing in their lives. Artworks created by members of the Connection Art Group will be on display during August and some of the works will be on sale and available to collect at the end of the exhibition. For further information visit www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk/events/