The Lightbox

The Lightbox
Chobham Road
Woking
Surrey
GU21 4AA
England

Website

www.thelightbox.org.uk

E-mail

info@thelightbox.org.uk

Telephone

01483 737800

Fax

01483 764369

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
The Lightbox - view from the courtyard
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The Lightbox is the award winning gallery and museum in Woking, Surrey, where there is something for everyone. Whether you’re passionate about the arts and history, want activities and fun, or would just like somewhere quiet to relax and think, you’ll find it all at The Lightbox.

The stunning building designed by Marks Barfield Architects boasts two spacious galleries and a number of side galleries, hosting a wide range of free exhibitions, changing regularly. The Lightbox is also home to Woking's Story, the interactive museum of the town's history from the 19th Century to the present day. If you’re visiting with children you’ll find plenty to keep them occupied and entertained.

Enjoy the changing displays around the building from the prestigious Ingram Collection of Modern British Art , which is on long-term loan to The Lightbox from Woking businessman, Chris Ingram and includes works by Anthony Caro, Eduardo Paolozzi, Elisabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth.

In addition to the changing exhibitions and displays, The Lightbox runs an extensive education and events programme, meaning there is always something different to experience.

A visit can be completed with a delicious meal or coffee at the canal-side cafe, or browsing for that special gift in the gift shop which stocks a wide range of beautiful gifts including handmade work by local designer-makers.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues - Sat: 10:30am - 5.00pm
Sun: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Closed Mondays and bank holidays.

Admission charges

Free entry, donations welcome

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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All the Fun of the Fair Family Afternoon

  • 25 October 2014 12-5pm *on now

Join us for an afternoon of funfair-themed family fun, inspired by the interactive exhibition ‘The Great Electronic Art Show’. Create a classic low-tech toy to take home in our drop-in spinning top workshop, take part in a funfair inspired workshop with Busylizzy, or visit our face painters for a colourful clown makeover.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £2

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/all-the-fun-of-the-fair-family-afternoon

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The Big Draw: It's Our World

  • 28 October 2014 1:30-4pm

What do you love about our world? Come and help us create a supersized mobile to celebrate all that’s best about it. Drop in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.
Suitable for children aged 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials included. Please note that you may have to wait if the Education Studio is full.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £2

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/the-big-draw-its-our-world

Girl painting a plate

Hanging Handy Bats

  • 30 October 2014 1:30-4pm

Make a spooky bat using your hands, paper and other bits and pieces. Drop in anytime from 13:30 to 16:00.

Suitable for children aged 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials included. Please note that you may have to wait if the Education Studio is full.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £2.00

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/hanging-handy-bats

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Collector's Talk: Chris Ingram & The Impact of War Exhibition

  • 11 November 2014 1-2pm

Join Chris Ingram, media entrepreneur and owner of the biggest privately owned, publicly accessible collection of Modern British Art, as he talks about curating The Ingram Collection in the context of his exhibition ‘The Ingram Collection: Impact of War’. Featuring works by Edward Burra, CRW Nevinson and William Roberts, as well as contemporary artists such as Justar Misdemeanor, this talk will shed light on the passions behind Chris Ingram’s collection.

Admission

£6 adults, £5 concessions

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/chris-ingram-the-impact-of-war-exhibition

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The Diamond - a Miracle of Nature!

  • 20 November 2014 1-2pm

David Keites, retired Marketing Director of De Beers, will explore the history of one of the Earth’s most treasured gemstones - the diamond. He will discuss where they are from, how they are formed and mined, how they are cut and polished and how they are graded and evaluated. The talk will also feature some famous diamonds and their past and present symbolism.

Admission

£6 adults, £5 concessions

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/the-diamond-a-miracle-of-nature

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Arts and Craft Fair

  • 29 November 2014 10:30am-5pm

Visiting the Arts and Craft Fair is the perfect way to begin your Christmas shopping. Featuring a variety of handmade crafts including jewellery, paintings, glass-work and ceramics, the annual fair is the ideal place to pick up original gifts direct from local artists. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies while you are treated to two live performances by Ukeaholics, a small group of ukulele players who play for fun, and just love all things ukulele!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry, donations welcome

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/arts-and-craft-fair

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Frames of Refuge

An exhibition being put together by 30 young people, focusing on the experiences of refugees. The presentation incorporates a film using video interviews of refugees carried out by the students, and also students' artwork in response to those interviews. The exhibition, designed by the students, will be shown at the Lightbox in July 2009, at Surrey History Centre in the autumn of 2009 and at the production of 'The Vision', Woking's new community play about refugees and displaced people, in April 1010. It will also be made available as a DVD and on The Lightbox's website.

Creator

  • Students at Winston Churchill School, Woking, with the assistance of Rib Davis from The Lightbox.

Publisher

  • -

Languages

  • -

How to obtain

The exhibition will be viewable without booking or charge.

Brookwood Hospital: A Victorian Community History Box

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/learning/loanboxes/historyboxes

Specially designed to introduce visitors to Woking's story, this History Box explores how the hospital worked and how patients were treated in Victorian Woking. It contains a pack of suggested activities to do with the objects included. Due to its sensitive subject matter, this box is suitable for pupils aged 11 and up. It contains a pack of suggested activities to do with the objects included.

How to obtain

Contact the Education Team on 01483 737815 or email education@thelightbox.org.uk.

Oral History Box

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/learning/loanboxes/historyboxes

Specially designed to introduce visitors to Woking's story, this History Box includes wartime and childhood memories of Woking on CD, together with recording equipment for pupils to carry out their own oral history interviews and a pack of suggested activities. Suitable for all ages.

How to obtain

Contact the Education Team on 01483 737815 or email education@thelightbox.org.uk.

Tours of the Lightbox

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/about/toursofthelightbox

Take a close-up look at the architecture of the building, enjoy views of Woking from different angles, and find out why certain design decisions were taken.
Discover Woking’s Story and marvel at the design features incorporated to make the 2000sqm space an excellent display area for a personal collection of modern British art, including renowned sculptures.
Visitors will see why the stunning building has been highly acclaimed in the media and was voted Museum of the Year and won the prestigious Art Fund Prize 2008 as well as the RIBA SE award.

How to obtain

The 30 minute tours, held on the first and third Tuesday of every month, are hosted by one of The Lightbox’s team of dedicated volunteers and begin at 11am. Numbers are limited, but although the tours are free, pre-booking is required through reception or on the booking line: 01483 737837.

World War II in Woking

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/learning/schoolvisits/schoolvisitactivities

Learn about what life was like in Woking during World War II and take part in a WWII themed workshop activity.

How to obtain

This activity session costs £60 and will last approximately two hours. It includes a hands-on creative workshop in our education studio and a visit to the relevant exhibition. If you would like to discuss your individual requirements then please contact the Education Team on 01483 737815 or email education@thelightbox.org.uk.

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