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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 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

We also use the Foyer and church railings for seasonal exhibitions.  Current and future exhibitions are included below.


 Monday – Saturday 26 June – 26 October 2014: Hall Exhibition

“The Bible in Pictures” – The work of Annie Vallotton – A Lasting Legacy

Annie Vallotton Good News Bible illustration of a person with arms outstretched before a lakeIn the 1970s Annie Vallotton drew the illustrations for the Good News Bible which went on to sell millions of copies around the world. See these beautifully simplistic drawings in a special exhibition in the St Martin’s Hall. 


Please note the exhibition will be closed from Friday 22 August – Friday 5 September.

Monday 1 – Sunday 28 September: Gallery Exhibition

London Street
by Yellon Ran Huang

londonstreet3Yellon’s 2nd solo landscape painting exhibition — ‘London Street’ series sheds light on the modern cityscape.  In the paintings, the simplified and symbolic human figures act as the rushing strangers setting in the well-developed, well-planned city streets and refer to the realism of our busy modern living.  By capturing the most common, non-noticeable scenes that we encounter in our everyday life it intends to challenge us to re-vision, re-think and reflect on the way we perceive ourselves and our surroundings which we often neglect and forget.   It evokes us to search the inner desire beneath the material satisfaction.

Please note that the Gallery will be closed at the following times:

Friday 5 September from 3.00pm
Tuesday 9 September from 3.00pm
Thursday 18 September, all day
Friday 19 September from 8.00am-12.00pm

Monday 29 September – Sunday 12 October : Gallery Exhibition
Retracing the Eye: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless
By Sunara Begum & Dunstan Perera

sunaraRetracing the Eye: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless is a new collaborative exhibition of etches, wood-cuts and photography by the visual artists, Sunara Begum and Dunstan Perera. These two British artists of Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan descent look at the work of Margaret Cameron, a pioneering English photographer, born in India over 150 years ago. The exhibition explores, researches and collects images taken by Cameron in Ceylon in order to re-imagine the life of her silent subjects over a century later. Both artists stage a new interpretation of Cameron’s work by engaging the local community in a new relationship with the images, whilst documenting their stories and revealing their hidden narratives.The subjects in their work are a symbol of untold stories, they suggest the power of reclaiming the silenced voice that is all too often written out of human existence.

Monday 13 October – Sunday 9 November : Gallery Exhibition
In Harmony With Nature
By The London Brush Painters’ Group

UntitledThe Group was formed over fifteen years ago by a number of people who were interested in Chinese art, especially painting with the purely traditional techniques and equipment.

The Group meet once a month and paint under the guidance of an experienced tutor.  So whether you are a beginner or more experienced much can be gained from these workshops.  Members are influenced in their work by amongst other things, books,  lectures, workshops and demonstrations by Chinese artists, exhibition of Chinese art (both ancient and modern), visits to China and of course observation of nature.

Most members of the Group work within one of two recognised Chinese styles of painting: Gongbi (meticulous style) and Xieyi (spontaneous style).  Some members of the Group also study and create Chinese calligraphy and seals.


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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