Current & Forthcoming Exhibitions at The Crypt Gallery

  entrance from Dukes Road  
  opening times specific to each exhibition  


Free admission to all exhibitions unless otherwise stated

15 November - 14 December 2014


Open 15 November - 14 December

Mon-Sat 11am-7pm / Sun 12-5pm

Private View: Friday 14 November 6-8.30pm

Koen Vanmechelen is a conceptual artist who explores the social function of art. For over 20 years he has been making mixed media work around a central theme of diversity, immunity and fertility. By approaching his subject laterally he has been able to make significant discoveries about genetics which have not been reached through conventional scientific practice.

The artists new exhibition in London springboards from his ongoing project The Cosmopolitan Chicken, in which he uses the chicken as a universal metaphor. By crossbreeding roosters and hens from around the globe he reflects the benefits of a diverse gene pool. Over the past 15 years Vanmechelen has cross-bred 18 generations of chickens from as many nations, proving emphatically that greater genetic diversity results in increased fertility and stronger immune systems.

In the evocative, labyrinthine tunnels of the 200 year old crypt of St. Pancras Church, Darwin's Dream, reflects on the artists discoveries through works in a multitude of media. Curated by Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts and James Putnam, the exhibition features a living 'jungle' and a miniature lake at its centre and includes performance video, photography and sculpture in glass. The genetic lineage throughout the generations of the cosmopolitan chickens is illustrated in a family tree and larger than life-size photographic portraits of the parents and their offspring, presented alongside specimens of the different generations preserved in taxidermy.




19-21 December 2014

LUMEN: To Bring Heaven to Earth

Opening Times: 19th - 21st December 2014 11-5pm

Private View: 18th December 2014 6-9pm

Lumen are an art collective based in London. They explore themes of astronomy and light, and will be exhibiting works in selected churches around the UK. This show to marks the beginning of a collaboration with the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) in a unique art project to inspire a dialogue around how humanity understands our existence.

Lumen unites churches across the country in a single Installation through matching the location of the churches selected to take part with a Constellation - the arrangement of the buildings on the ground matching the pattern of the stars in the sky. This resulting gestalt could possibly be the biggest single art installation ever in Britain, exhibiting paintings, photography, projections, sculpture and site-specific work all exploring the theme of Space, Science and Art.

Artists exhibiting:

Louise Beer, Joel Chernin, Melanie King, Chris Hatherill, John Hooper, Jaden Hastings, Douglas Benford, Veronica Gudmundson, Anthony Carr, Andres Pantoja, Constanza Isaza Martinez,