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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of 'A Dawn' which shows soldiers marching by C.R.W. Nevinson

The Ingram Collection: Impact of War

  • 15 October 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

The works have been brought together from The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art and features artists such as Edward Burra, David Bomberg, Graham Sutherland, CRW Nevinson, William Roberts and Justar Misdemeanor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry with a £5 Annual Pass. Under 18s free.

Website

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

A painting of a grey mare, by Sir Alfred Munnings

The Horse at War: 1914-1918

  • 25 November 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

Historical fine art featuring in the exhibition shows how the horse was depicted in the war, both heroically and as a beast-of-burden, by some of the leading British artists of the day, including William Roberts, Sir Alfred Munnings and Lucy Kemp-Welch. The horse is portrayed through historical fine art work and taking centre stage will be ‘Joey’, the life-size horse puppet from the National Theatre’s acclaimed stage production of War Horse on temporary loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and featuring drawings by Illustrator and Theatre Designer, Rae Smith.

To complement the exhibition, a social history display of documents, newspaper reports and other items recalls the role of horses and other animals, both on the Front and more locally in World War One.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry with a £5 Annual Pass. Under 18s free.

Website

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

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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Christmas Table Decoration

  • 23 December 2014 1:30-4pm

Join us to make a beautiful decoration to brighten up your Christmas table using old brochures and junk mail. 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

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £2

Website

http://lightbox.ritdns.com/Event/christmas-drop-in-workshop

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Messenger Pigeons

  • 2 January 2015 1:30-4pm

Pigeons were often used to carry messages. Come and recycle those old Christmas cards to make your own pigeon with a special message. 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

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £2

Website

http://lightbox.ritdns.com/Event/messenger-pigeons

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From Fields to Factories: Women's Work on the Home Front in the First World War

  • 15 January 2015 1-2pm

Guest Curator and Visiting Professor at the Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Dr Gill Clarke will utilise paintings, posters and photographs to explore women’s work on the Home Front during World War One. Attention will be directed in particular to the involvement of women in organisations such as the Women’s Land Army, together with those who worked in Munitions to show the important role that women played in the battle for production.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 adults, £5 concessions

Website

http://lightbox.ritdns.com/Event/from-fields-to-factories

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The Art of Sir Alfred Munnings

  • 10 February 2015 1-2pm

Join Dr Bill Teatheredge, Curatorial Researcher at the Munnings Collection, as he discusses the 70 year career of Sir Alfred Munnings. Although his oeuvre included portraits, boats and pastoral scenes, he is best remembered for his equestrian paintings. This talk demonstrates how Munnings built up his paintings of horses from the most abstract sketch, sometimes drawn on the back of a race card, menu or envelope, to a painted study and then the finished piece. The talk will include details of his experiences with the Canadian Cavalry Brigade towards the end of World War One, his paintings of the troops and General Seely on his war horse, Warrior.

Admission

£6 adults, £5 concessions

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/the-art-of-sir-alfred-munnings

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Tour of 'The Horse at War: 1914-1918' Exhibition

  • 10 February 2015 12-12:30pm

Join a member of The Lightbox team as they tour an exhibition and provide a fascinating insight into how it was put together. Numbers are limited. Advance booking required.

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £2.

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/the-horse-at-war-1914-1918

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Children's Workshop 'War Horse' Interactive Storytelling

  • 17 February 2015 12-4:45pm

Come and help our storyteller, Sarah Jane Lee from the National Theatre, bring to life Michael Morpurgo’s story of Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, sold to the cavalry and shipped to France at the start of World War One. Albert cannot forget him and he embarks on a treacherous mission to find Joey and bring him home. Aimed at children under 9 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

12.00pm – 1.00pm, 2.00pm – 3.00pm and 3.45pm – 4.45pm.

Advance booking required. All materials included. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult goes free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£5 per child, accompanying adult goes free.

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/for-children-and-families

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Animal Masks Family Workshop

  • 17 February 2015 1:30-4pm

Horses, donkeys, dogs and even elephants worked hard during World War One. Join us to make your own animal mask. Which animal will you be? 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/animal-masks

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What is Modern British Art?

  • 17 February 2015 7-8pm

Join Chris Stephens as he discusses the history of Modern British Art – when did it all begin, who was the first Modern British Artist, is it really British? You will be taken through some of the critically acclaimed displays in Tate Britain’s Meet 500 Years of British Art, with a particular focus on the rooms that take visitors from 1910 up to the 1960s. This talk will highlight key figures in the history of British art as well as introduce artists who have a strong relationship with Tate Britain.

Admission

£15 adults, £12 concessions

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/what-is-modern-british-art

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Puppet Making Children's Workshop

  • 18 February 2015 1-4:30pm

Make your own horse puppet using card, string, paint and other household materials. Then have fun creating your own horse play!

1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds)

Advance booking required. All materials included. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult goes free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

£6.50 per Child|Young Person

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/for-children-and-families

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Mini Rocking Horses Family Workshop

  • 19 February 2015 1:30-4pm

Make a delightful mini rocking horse using cork, plastic and other recycled materials. 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/mini-rocking-horses

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How to Draw Horses and Other Animals

  • 20 February 2015 1-4:30pm

Come and join artist Jan Rubin and learn how to draw horses and other animals. Add some colour and take home a finished picture to display with pride.

1.00pm – 2.30pm (4 – 8 year olds) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (8 – 16 year olds)

Advance booking required. All materials included. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult goes free.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£6.50 per Child|Young Person

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/for-children-and-families

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1814/1914: The Glorious Peace, The Great War

  • 26 February 2015 1-4pm

Independent Curator Alexander Rich will explore two extraordinary summers set apart by a century; the summer of 1814 when people were celebrating the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and 1914 before the outbreak of World War One. Alexander will talk about the work of British artists, from John Constable to Wyndham Lewis, and how they reflected the spirit of Britain at these times.

Admission

£6 adults, £5 concessions

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/18141914-the-glorious-peace-the-great-war

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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