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.
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We also use the Foyer and church railings for seasonal exhibitions. Current and future exhibitions are included below.
3 – 16 March 2014 – Gallery Exhibition
Minus 1: New Paintings for Everyday Life
Taking as their starting point the Picasso quote “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”, this group of contemporary artists is showing a diverse collection of abstract and figurative work. Their hope is that visitors taking a break from the noise and bustle of central London can find something in this ancient and peaceful gallery on which to contemplate and reflect. The paintings cover many themes from intense personal biography to an examination of the forces that shape our landscapes.
Artwork by Deborah Burnstone, Annie Price, Christine Roche, Chris Shurety, and Frances Steele.
17 March – 12 April 2014: Gallery Exhibition
The Music Makers: An Exhibition by Joshua Hayes and Philip Surey
Photographer Joshua Hayes and artist Philip Surey have created an exciting exhibition offering a visual expression of classical music.
Joshua has spent the last year photographing the British craftsmen and women who make classical musical instruments, as well as composers and performers. He has created a persuasive dialogue between the factual and his emotive response to the subject.
Phil Surey has responded to this work to produce three large fabric wall hangings – paintings – that are visual manifestations of music, together with a series of slate tables with keywords that resonated with the composers when creating their work.
Please note, the Gallery will be closed at the following times:
Wednesday 19 March, from 3.00pm
Thursday 20 March, from 12noon
Friday 21 March, from 3.00pm
Friday 28 March, all day
Friday 4 April, all day
Monday 20 March – Saturday 31 May: Hall exhibition
‘The Bible in Pictures’ – The Work of Annie Vallotton – A Lasting Legacy
In the 1970s Annie Vallotton drew the simple 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.
The Hall is open from 10.00am- 7.00pm Monday-Saturday. If we have to close the Hall for an event we will list the details below.
14 April – 11 May 2014: Gallery Exhibition
Feza Erkeller-Yuksel and Helen Lee
Feza Erkeller-Yuksel and Helen Lee return to St Martin-in-the-Fields with their latest show, ‘Point of View’. The London-based painters, share an interest in portraying moments of urban life as they present the modern city space in all its vibrant diversity. Feza brings a sharp political eye to her latest work in oil, creating an atmosphere of life in London and Istanbul. Helen focuses on detailed rendering of architectural forms of London in ink and watercolour.
12 – 25 May 2014: Gallery Exhibition
Discover illuminations as you’ve never seen them before!
Benoît Cazelles paints miniatures on real parchment with natural pigments and gold leaf, displaying the same patience and dexterity as the master illuminators of the Middle Ages. His Phoenix for example, with its stunning gradients of colours, represents almost three months work, while his miniature trees of life on gold-gilded pebbles are beautiful jewels to behold. His remarkable talent as an artist lies in his contemporary style, which brings an original and refreshing dimension to this art. Benoît invites you to contemplate his myriad of non-figurative and realistic motifs bursting with light, reflections and vitality.
26 May – 22 June 2014: Gallery Exhibition
The Refugee’s Gift: an exhibition of photographs by William Knight for the Refugee Council
These photographs by Bill Knight for the Refugee Council show refugees and the contribution they make to life in the United Kingdom. Here are people who have escaped from persecution and who have benefited from our long tradition of offering asylum. They may have arrived recently from conflicts in Syria, Eritrea, or Somalia, or sought safety decades ago from Hitler’s Germany. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, most arrived with few material possessions – but they all came with an unstoppable determination to make a new life.
23 June – 20 July 2014: Gallery Exhibition
My London by Renos Lavithis
Renos Lavithis worked as an artist for the national newspaper Daily Mail in Fleet Street for many years.
He now visits and explores his old haunts, and places of the legendary Press centre of the world, but also many of his favourite spots of London, including scenes along the River Thames, drawing them on paper with ink, pencil, graphite and watercolour wash.
For the first time, alongside these works, Renos will be exhibiting those celebrating the London 2012 Olympics. Some other works of London such as open spaces are painted with oils.