Visiting St Martin - A world church

Exhibitions 2014

6 January – 2 February 2014 – Gallery Exhibition

The challenges of the global animal charity, the Brooke, through the lens of talented photographer, Richard Dunwoody MBE

Photograph of a young Guatemalan boy with his blind ponyThe Brooke has been teaching respect, compassion and care for working horses, donkeys and mules since 1934 when Dorothy Brooke first rescued the forgotten war horses in Egypt.

2014 is the 80th anniversary year for this extraordinary international animal welfare charity.  To celebrate the occasion, Richard Dunwoody has married two passions – photography and horses – to capture the diverse challenges facing these hard working animals, which are the engines of the developing world.

Come and share Richard Dunwoody’s personal experiences of the Brooke at work, feel the emotions he has captured through the lens, and be uplifted and moved by the stories behind the images.


3 February – 2 March 2014 – Gallery Exhibition


Liberty logo - protecting civil liberties and promoting human rights1930s Britain was gripped by recession and social unrest.  After witnessing brutal repression of the hunger marches and infiltration by undercover police, Ronald Kidd formed the National Council for Civil Liberties – today known as Liberty – at a meeting at St Martin’s in 1934.  He and a small group, which was later to grow to thousands of members, came together to “defend the whole spirit of British freedom”.

This exhibition celebrates 80 years of Liberty holding the powerful to account, showing battles fought and won for freedom, fairness, justice and equality, with some striking parallels between 1934 and the present day.


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.

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

Benoit Cazelles

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.


27 May – 20 June 2014: Gallery Exhibition

The Refugee’s Gift: an exhibition of photographs by William Knight for the Refugee Council

An image from William Knight's exhibition 'A Refugee's Gift'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.

25 June – 20 July 2014: Gallery Exhibition

My London by Renos Lavithis

Image from Renos Lavithis' 'My London' exhibitionRenos 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.


Monday – Saturday 26 June – 8 November 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. 

Monday 22 July – Sunday 3rd August 2014: Gallery Exhibition

London Places Open Spaces
Paintings by Berry Birdsall and Helen Ryan

Berry and Helen return to the Crypt Gallery after a successful joint exhibition in April 2013.  This exhibition celebrates London and other places of inspiration for these two artists, who originate from New York City and Dublin respectively and have chosen London as their adopted home.  The paintings take the viewer on their artistic journey. Their work hangs in both UK and international collections.

Berry paints colourful landscapes and cityscapes with an emphasis on strong light and reflections. Her main medium is oil and she aims to evoke a mood of calm but vibrant peace. In addition to being an artist she had a long scientific career at the National Institute for Medical Research in London.

Helen’s paintings document travels from her native Ireland, to Australia, Europe and ultimately her chosen home, London.   Art has been her method of recording and expressing what she sees, thinks and feels as she has moved through life. She is inspired by the energy and scale of man-made structures and the natural beauty of the world.  She is currently working with collage and quick drying acrylic paint.


Monday 4 – Sunday 31 August: Gallery Exhibition

India’s Forgotten Children: Untouchable?
Photographic exhibition by Peter Knight in conjunction with Hyderapals India Educational Trust and the International Committee of St Martin-in-the-Fields

DSC_9521-2In 2012, photographer Peter Knight was invited by the trustees of Hyderapals India Educational Trust to visit a school they support in the slums of Hyderabad. Expecting to be overwhelmed by destitution and poverty, Peter instead found himself captivated by the beauty he found amongst the so-called “untouchable” Dalit Caste left behind in the wake of India’s economic boom. This photographic exhibition of some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised children in Hyderabad raises the question: can human beings ever truly be “untouchable”?


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.

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.