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

Thomson's Aeolian Harp

Turner in Surrey

  • 14 October 2017 — 7 January 2018 *on now

The exhibition will explore how Turner retreated into nature, capturing both the beauty of the landscape and its rustic elegance. Open air sketches highlighting his swiftness of hand and the changing effects of nature will sit alongside finished works, completed in the studio. Combining pencil and oil sketches, finished oils and watercolours, the exhibition will feature ‘Newark Abbey on the Wey’ and ‘View of Richmond Hill and Bridge’ from Tate, and ‘Thomson’s Aeolian Harp’ from Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition will also give a rare opportunity to see personal possessions of the artist – his fishing rod, travelling watercolour box and watercolour palette – from The Royal Academy of Arts.
18 November 2017 – 4 March 2018
£4.50 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/turner-in-surrey

Steven Ingman in his studio

Steve Ingman: Young Contemporary Talent

  • 2 — 31 December 2017 *on now

The second exhibition from the Young Contemporary Talent (YCT) section of The Ingram Collection, this innovative and exciting body of work from YCT winner Steven Ingman, will showcase his response to an artwork from The Ingram Collection. Taking a Frank Auerbach study as inspiration, Ingman has produced a series of bold landscapes that demonstrate his reaction and reinterpretation of the urban settings around him.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry | Donations welcome

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/steve-ingman-the-ingram-collection-young-contemporary-talent

Photography

UCA Farnham: Graduate Photography Show

  • 6 — 28 January 2018

This exhibition showcases highlights from the photography summer degree show from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. The exhibition, now in its fifth year, continues the relationship between the University and The Lightbox and enables recently graduated artists to display their work in a professional gallery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry | Donations welcome

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/uca-farnham-graduate-photography-show

Italian Peasant Woman sculpture

Picturing People: The Ingram Collection

  • 20 January — 1 April 2018

This exhibition will feature portraits and self-portraits from The Ingram Collection. From wives and husbands, to mythological characters, celebrities, soldiers and footballers, this exhibition will explore over 100 years’ worth of artists’ work depicting people.
Introspective, revelatory and autobiographical self-portraits will show how artists see themselves while Young Contemporary Talent Tom Benedek’s ‘Eggs Benedict’, from Camberwell College of Arts will show how portraiture continues to flourish today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/picturing-people-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.
The Lightbox at night

Film Nights: Dad's Army

  • 14 December 2017 8-10pm *on now

The story of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon who have to deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy during WW2.
Starring: Mark Tandy, Russell Balogh, Andrew Havill
Directed by: Oliver Parker
Attendees are invited to come early for dinner and a drink in the new Seasons café which will be serving a delicious tapas menu on film nights. Guests can also browse in the Shop or the galleries before making your way upstairs for the 8.00pm screening.
Advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£8 Adults | £6 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/film-nights-dads-army

Baubles on Christmas tree

Christmas Cookies

  • 16 December 2017 10:30am-1pm

Join Jacqui Kelly and decorate Christmas themed cookies for a festive treat. You will learn how to create different effects, how to outline and flood a cookie and how to marble colours with Royal Icing and much more. A full colour hand out and all tools and supplied will be provided as well as a box to take the cookies home in.

Admission

£25 adults | £22 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/christmas-cookies

Christmas treats

Discover Surrey Tour: Camberley Theatre Christmas Pantomime and The Lightbox

  • 21 December 2017 10:30am-5:15pm

A very Lightbox Christmas
What’s better than a pantomime at Christmas? Why not take a tour of our Turner in Surrey exhibition beforehand. Join one of our expert guides from 10.30am as they show you round our wonderful Turner exhibition. You will enjoy a wonderful Christmas themed buffet lunch in our Ambassador room with its amazing floor to ceiling window giving a great view of the Basingstoke canal. You will then depart for Camberley theatre and watch a matinee performance of their Peter Pan pantomime. Upon arrival back at The Lightbox why not use your free day pass to gain access to the rest of our exhibitions, and with the gallery staying open until 9:30pm why not stay for dinner in Seasons Café and browse our award winning gift shop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£45 Adults | £42 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/discover-surrey-tour-camberley-theatre-christmas-pantomime-and-the-lightbox

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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