The Lightbox

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, Heritage site

Opening hours

Tues - Sat: 10:30am - 5.00pm
Thurs: 10.30am - 9.30pm
Sun: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Mondays and bank holidays.

Admission charges

Free entry, £4.50 Day Pass, £7.50 Annual Pass, Under 18s Free

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of woman and young boy in the Woking's Story gallery at The Lightbox

Woking's Story

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Woking's Story is a permanent museum at The Lightbox which explores the town's fascinating history covering themes such as the 'mad, the bad and the dead'. This family friendly space has something for everyone, from a fun children's dressing up box to the moving stories of local people.

The museum has eight main displays which are interactive and some have oral history listening points. You can discover people’s personal memories of life in the town and watch historic films. Have you ever wondered about what life in Woking used to be like? Or how the town came to be the way it is today?

Tours of Woking's Story can be arranged if booked in advance.

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/wokings-story

Illustrative, Sidney Sime

The Art of Sidney Sime: Artist and Philosopher

  • 15 April — 28 May 2017 *on now

The exhibition will explore the life of one of the greatest imaginative artists since Blake, renowned for his book and magazine illustrations, paintings and drawings. His art was shaped by his journey from the coal pits of Lancashire to the world of aristocracy and the fashionable artistes of London clubs, theatres and music halls. Sime's fascination with imaginary beasts, hell and the afterlife is in sharp contrast to his Scottish landscapes and later quiet life in Worplesdon, drawing caricatures in the local inn.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry | Donations welcome

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/the-art-of-sidney-sime-artist-and-philosopher

Elisabeth Frink, Baboon

In Their Own Words: Artists’ Voices from The Ingram Collection

  • 20 May — 30 July 2017 *on now

This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to explore artworks from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art whilst listening to audio recordings from the artists that created them, shedding new light on the fascinating personal experiences that shaped their lives, relationships and art.
43 works from The Ingram Collection will feature in the exhibition. The artists selected are some of the best known within the collection: Eileen Agar, Kenneth Armitage, John Bellany, Ralph Brown, Lynn Chadwick, Geoffrey Clarke, Ken Currie, Mary Fedden, Paul Feiler, Elisabeth Frink, Terry Frost, William Gear, Derrick Greaves, Patrick Heron, Josef Herman, Allen Jones, Bernard Meadows, Brendan Neiland, Eduardo Paolozzi, Leonard Rosoman, Carel Weight and Rosemary Young.
The recordings in this Lightbox exhibition are from Artists’ Lives, a National Life Stories project in partnership with the British Library.

Admission

£4.50 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/in-their-own-words-artists-voices-from-the-ingram-collection

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.
Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

  • 31 May 2017 1:30-4pm

Put a spring in your step and make your own bright flowers using patterned and plain paper from our selection.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free entry | Suggested donation £2

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/spring-flowers

Paper Bird Sculpture

Paper Bird Sculptures (8 – 11 year olds)

  • 1 June 2017 From 1pm

Using patterned paper and 3D collaging techniques, you will be able to assemble a bird sculpture worthy of its own branch.
Advance booking required. All materials included, but don’t forget to bring something to take your project home in.

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£8 per child

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/paper-bird-sculptures-8-11-year-olds

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.

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.

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.

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.
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