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Art and exhibitions

Visiting St Martin – Art - Art old and new

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.

Changes to Gallery opening hours:  Tuesday 15 September closed from 4.00pm, Thursday 17 September closed from 3.00pm, Friday 18 September closed from 5.00pm, Saturday 19 September closed all day, Sunday 20 September opens at the later time of 1.00pm, Tuesday 22 September closed from 2.30pm Thursday 24 September – closed all day, Friday 25 September opens at the later time of 12noon and Saturday 3 October closed from 3.00pm.

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.

Please note: The Gallery will be closed from 3.00pm on 22 October due to a private event.

The Saint John’s Bible, Heritage edition, presented to St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2009

SJBCreated 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.

Tuesday 8 September – Saturday 3 October
Waste Nothing: Finding a Home for the Discarded

London Guild of Weavers 2015Throughout history, spinning and weaving traditions around the world have employed second-hand textiles that are re-used, repaired, and recycled to reappear in a completely different guise to start a new life. These traditional crafts have always made use of the by-products and waste matter from other processes to ensure that as little as possible of precious resources is wasted. Many of these ancient techniques are still in use today. This exhibition brings together original textiles and yarns designed and made by the members of the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, breathing new life into old textiles, yarns and other materials.

Wednesday 7 – Sunday 18 October 2015
Brussels at Dawn – The Edith Cavell Centenary

This October we Edith Cavellmark 100 years since Edith Cavell, a British WW1 nurse, was arrested and held for 10 weeks in Saint Gilles Prison in Brussels and then executed at dawn on 12 October 1915 for treason. Unity Arts were awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore the legacy left by this heroic woman (her statue is just outside in St Martin’s Place). The exhibition and special live events have been created by community researchers, curators and artists.  These are their responses to investigating her life and extraordinary times – against the context of the reign of George V who was born in the same year and brought her body back from Belgium. St Martin’s is also working with the Cavell Nurses on a wreath laying service on 12 October.

(Image credit: Dave Roberts)

Thursday 8 October, 6.30pm Private View and short presentation about Brussels at Dawn
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Friday 9 October, 12.30pm Lunchtime talk about Edith Cavell and her legacy given by Jonathan Evans – Trust Archivist, Barts Health NHS Trust and Archivist at Royal London Hospital Museum. Organised by Unity Arts.

Monday 12 October
100th anniversary of Edith Cavell’s execution.

10.45am Commemorative Wreath Laying at the statue in St Martin’s Place. There will be a short service led by Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s and featuring dignitaries, nurses from the Royal London Hospital, members of the army and music from St Martin’s Voices.  This service is organised by Cavell Nurses.  To find out more please sign up at

Brussels at Dawn – Jack’s Story
Puppet show devised by Unity Arts Young Research Team to tell the Cavell story from the point of view of her faithful dog, Jack.
Unity Arts Heritage Presentation
Cavell diary readings, short tour of exhibition and music

Friday 16 October, 12.30 Brussels At Dawn – Bob’s Story is a dramatic monologue about Private Harry “Bob” Roberts, how he joined the army, fought at Ypres in 1915, was wounded behind enemy lines, was nursed to health by Edith Cavell and how she helped him escape to Britain.
Researched, written and performed by Thom Jackson-Wood for Unity Arts

All live events from Unity Arts will be followed by a short film.

For further details visit website.

Wednesday 14 October – Sunday 22 November
Missing People Home for Christmas

Missing peopleEvery two minutes someone goes missing in the UK. The charity Missing People’s exhibition features a poignant collection of photographs of families with missing loved ones, taken by renowned photographer James O Jenkins and in support of their Home for Christmas Appeal. Each image features a different family standing by their front door, symbolising the hopes and fears experienced by all of those who continue to wait for their missing parent, sibling, son or daughter to come home. The exhibition gives members of the public the opportunity to stand with these families, by sharing messages of hope and supporting the charity’s annual Home for Christmas Appeal.

About the photographer
James O Jenkins is a London based photographer working for a wide variety of clients and publications. He has exhibited widely and in 2013 published his first book ‘United Kingdom’, a visual study of traditional annual UK customs.

About Missing People and their Home for Christmas Appeal
The charity Missing People are a lifeline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, bringing missing adults and children home to their loved ones and providing emotional and practical support to those still in limbo. By visiting our St Martin-in-the-Fields exhibition and supporting the charity’s Home for Christmas appeal, you too will be a lifeline to missing people and their families this Christmas.

Tuesday 20 – Saturday 31 October 2015
Playing with Perception – an exhibition of paintings by Caroline Leaf

Caroline Leaf 3This significant new exhibition showcases Caroline Leaf’s bold evolution from an internationally acclaimed and award-winning animation artist and filmmaker to a painter.

Her films, which use beach sand and paint as mediums, are renowned for their painterly technique, virtuoso camera moves, and captivating storytelling. In this new phase of her development as an artist the structure of her images is the story, and this structure becomes increasingly complex and intriguing. Her process with paint is improvisational. She sculpts with light, adding and taking away strokes of light and shade in order to discover the image.

“I chase accidents which have energy. I watch edges for meaning. Perception hangs on multiple and delicate inter-relationships within the image. A single stroke of paint can change the whole.”


Previous Exhibitions

Previous exhibitions that have been held in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Gallery in the Crypt in 2013.

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Permanent Installations

St Martin-in-the-Fields is home to several commissions and permanent installations by contemporary artists.

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