The Commissions Programme began with the new Christmas crib for
Trafalgar Square by Tomoaki Suzuki. A series of limewood carved and coloured
sculptures representing the key figures in the Nativity was created over a two-year period and inaugurated in 2006. This was followed by the Andrew Motion poem, realised by letterer Tom Perkins and inset into the Light Well balustrade. In 2005, Shirazeh Houshiary and Pip Horne won an invited competition and were commissioned to design a new East Window, and this was followed by a further invited competition for the new altar, also won by Houshiary and Horne. In 2013, Brian Catling designed and produced a new Processional Cross, gilded in white gold leaf, for the church. A special ceremony for the dedication of the new Processional Cross was held in September 2013.
The St Martin-in-the-Fields Arts Programme was the result of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Art Strategy.