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.
Wednesday 14 October – Sunday 22 November
Missing People Home for Christmas
Every 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.
Wednesday 25 November – Thursday 31 December
Christmas Appeal Exhibition
Please join us and support the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields, by visiting the exhibition, which will be live from the 25 November in the Crypt at St Martin’s. The theme for the 2015 Christmas Appeal is ‘Pay Attention’, inspired by the words of French philosopher and activist Simone Weil: “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”.
Please Pay Attention to homeless and vulnerable people this Christmas and visit our exhibition or visit online here