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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published July 24th 2014
Cryptic Art

With sites such as the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery, Trafalgar Square is a popular location for art lovers. There are the obvious places for anyone to visit, unless you think outside the box and go in search of less mainstream locals, then you are going to miss out on some hidden gems.

Trafalgar Square is also home to St. Martin-in-the-Fields, a Georgian church where people can attend service, listen to concerts, and worship. But below the grand entrance lies St. Martin's Crypt, where the eighteenth century architecture acts as a unique backdrop to for their collection of modern art and photography.

There are currently two exhibitions running at the moment, with two more soon on the way:

The Bible in Pictures
Until 26th October

Annie Vallotton was the illustrator for the Good News Bible in the 1970s. She died December 2013 at the age of 98, but her simplistic sketches will live on in the millions of copies sold worldwide.

London Places Open Spaces
Until 3rd August

An exhibition featuring paintings by Berry Birdsall and Helen Ryan, who were inspired by the sites of London, which they have chosen as their adopted home.

Birdsall uses oils to create impressionistic cityscapes filled with light, while Ryan uses acrylics to make collages that document her travels from Ireland to Australia, Europe, and finally London.

India's Forgotten Children: Untouchable?
4th - 31st August

When Peter Knight was invited by the Hyderapals India Educational Trust to visit the slums, he was captivated by the beauty he found amongst the Dalit Caste left behind in the economic boom. His photography captures the lives of these 'untouchable' people.

London Street
1st - 28th September

Landscape paintings by Yellon Ran Huang shed light on the modern cityscape, by encouraging us to pay closer attention to those things we so often walk past and ignore.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 28th Sept
Phone: 020 7766 1100
Where: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ
Cost: Free
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