St Martin-in-the-Fields Strategy

As part of the renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields by Eric Parry Architects, Modus Operandi was appointed to create an Art Startegy for the Grade I listed church.  As a result of a competitive interview process, overseen by an Art Selection Panel chaired by Sir Nicholas Goodison and advised by Modus Operandi, five major new artworks were commissioned: Tomoaki Suzuki’s Christmas Crib, Shirazeh Houshiary’s East Window, a poem by Andrew Motion which was realised by letterer Tom Perkins and set into the balustrade of the Light Well, a new Altar by Shirazeh Houshiary and a new Processional Cross by Brian Catling

The building won a RIBA London Award in 2009, an ACE/RIBA Award for Religious Architecture, A Civic trust Award and the Europa Nostra EU Prize for Cultural Heritage.  It also received a British Construction Industry Award and was highly commended in the Regeneration and Renewal Awards.


Shirazeh Houshiary’s East Window was short-listed for an ACE Award for Art in a Religious Context in 2009.


Please refer to the St Martin-in-the-Fields Art Programme to see the commissions realised to date.





2004 and 2012