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 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/
Monday 5 September – Sunday 30 October
Build Hope in the City – Concern Worldwide and Panos Pictures Exhibition
Outside in the Courtyard
This photographic exhibition produced by overseas aid agency, Concern Worldwide, together with Panos Pictures, documents the reality of urban life for some of the world’s poorest communities living in Nairobi, Port au Prince and Dhaka. The exhibition is part of Concern’s Build Hope in the City appeal which is raising funds to help families struggling to survive in overcrowded and unsafe cities to transform their lives. Find out more at www.concern.net
Thursday 29 September – Monday 31 October
Strength for life – an Age International
An exhibition depicting the strength and dignity of older people from around the world, featuring photographs from award-winning amateur and professional photographers. Age International is the only UK charity focusing on the rights and needs of older people in developing countries. For further information please visit www.ageinternational.org.uk.