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 to 8.00pm, Wednesday 8.00am to 6.00pm, Thursday – Saturday 8.00am to 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.
For information about hiring the Gallery for your exhibition please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We also use the Foyer and church railings for seasonal exhibitions. Current and future exhibitions are included below.
The Saint John’s Bible, Heritage edition, presented to St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2009
Created by the monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota under the creative direction of Donald Jackson, the Saint John’s Bible is a union of an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium of multiple cultures and multiple faiths.
St Martin-in-the-Fields has been given a Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible. It was a gift from Saint John’s Abbey made possible by the generosity of Dan and Katherine Whalen. Created in a series of seven volumes, the bible is used in services in Church and some of the volumes are on permanent display in the Foyer. Prints from the Saint John’s Bible are on display in the Gallery and posters are available in the Shop.
The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned in 1998 by the Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. It was created by a team of scribes, artists and craftspeople in a scriptorium in Monmouthshire under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the scribe to HM Queen Elizabeth ll’s Crown Office and the House of Lords. Measuring more than two feet by three feet, the bible parallels that of its medieval predecessors, written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments and gold leaf while incorporating modern themes, images and technology of the 21st century. The creation of the bible continues the Benedictine tradition of copying and caring for sacred texts. www.saintjohnsbible.org
Monday 11 May – Saturday 7 June
Contemporary Illuminations by Benoit Cazelles
Rediscover the breath-taking beauty of Benoit Cazelles’ artwork in his new exhibition of stunning contemporary illuminations. Born in Versailles in 1974, this young painter displays the same patience and dexterity as the master illuminators of the Middle Ages. Using the ancient technique of painting on real parchment with natural pigments and gold leaf, he creates original masterpieces that burst with light, reflections and vitality. The artist’s exceptional virtuosity earned him the recognition of the French government when his “Cross of Unity” was offered to Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. Ranging from gold-gilded pebbles, the size of postage stamps to his three foot wide paintings with shimmering red and gold flames and subtle gradients of colours, the exhibition testifies to the relevance of this art form today.
Thursday 7 May – Monday 26 May
The Templeton Prize Exhibition – in the Foyer
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 John Templeton the prize aims to identify ‘entrepreneurs of spirit’, – outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality. Discover more about the history and background of this prestigious prize and the stories of the remarkable previous laureates.
Monday 8 June – Sunday 21 June
London Life by Philip Sanderson
Philip Sanderson’s watercolours portray the light, colour and beauty of much that is around us. London’s urban scenes and characteristic skylines provide imposing backdrops to scenes of people doing ordinary things – a cyclist in a corner of Bloomsbury, people in deck chairs in a London park or tourists milling around Piccadilly.
Monday 1 June-Friday 31 July
This is a ground-breaking interfaith gathering of premier and emerging artists. The exhibition focuses on what they hold in common through their Arab, Persian and Jewish cultures and their Christian, Muslim and Jewish creeds. The Bridge is an East-West travelling art exhibition organised and curated by CARAVAN, an interreligious and intercultural peacebuilding NGO. It showcases the work of 47 premier contemporary visual artists from 15 countries. Each artist has submitted one original work (created specifically for the exhibition) addressing the theme. The Bridge opened on 2 February 2015 with a month-long exhibition in Paris to commemorate World Interfaith Harmony Week. After leaving St Martin-in-the-Fields the exhibition will be on display in Egypt and throughout Europe and the United States. The Bridge seeks the development of a world that inherently respects and honours cultural and religious diversity, living and working together in harmony. It does not pretend all religions are the same but highlights ways they can enrich and helpfully and creatively challenge one another.
Find out more about the artist’s work and exhibition.
Monday 22 June – Sunday 19 July
Somewhere there’s a feather falling
by Gabrielle Radiguet
In this solo exhibition Gabrielle invites viewers to share with her the prospect of catching a sudden glimpse of something transitory – a momentary sense of the divine. The show brings together a series of new paintings, cyanotype prints and miniature ink studies which aim to celebrate the awe and wonder of the English landscape. The paintings are built up in a spirit of quiet introspection, creating a harmonious sense of place where time is stilled and a search for the light is shared with the viewer. The cyanotype prints are taken from the allotments and edgelands of the city where things are often left alone or forgotten. These simple specimens are literally caught in sunlight where their innate character develops into an object of individual beauty. The ink studies draw the viewer in to an intimate space of calligraphic mark making proposing through successive interpretations of the landscape, a personal journey.