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.
Friday 5 August – Tuesday 27 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 Exhibition
Visit a photo exhibition depicting the strength and dignity of older people from around the world.
The exhibition is in two parts. One side shows a series of striking images by the award-winning Guardian photographer, David Levene, illustrating the phenomenon of the missing generation in Myanmar (Burma). In Karen State, a rural province in eastern Myanmar, work is scarce. In desperation, people are travelling to neighbouring Thailand to find jobs. The exhibition looks at the impact this migration has on the children that are left behind – and the grandparents who are raising them.
The other side of the exhibition includes winning images from an Age International photo competition. The Charity asked supporters and members of the public to look for photos of older people from around the world who encapsulated the theme ‘strength for life’. The winner of the Amateur category – Andy W Langton – submitted a stunning image of the diving women of South Korea. And the winner of the Professional category – Robin Bath – provided a beautiful and dignified portrait of an older woman in Myanmar, with her cat.
Age International is the only UK charity focusing on the rights and needs of older people in developing countries. It is a subsidiary of Age UK and a member of the HelpAge global network. For further information please visit www.ageinternational.org.uk
Monday 7 November – Monday 21 November
Portraits in Character
The exhibition will feature portraits and studies by celebrated artist Alexander Newly, with characters drawn from recent productions of The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, which draws to a close this November. The portraits will include Dame Judi Dench, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Adrian Lester, Richard Madden and Lily James.
The artwork will later be sold at auction to raise funds for St Martin-in-the-Fields.