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

Photography

UCA Farnham: Graduate Photography Show

  • 6 — 28 January 2018 *on now

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 *on now

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

Marcel Ronay, The Road to Midge Hole (near Hebden Bridge Yorkshire) pastel

Marcel Ronay: Tranquility and Stability after two World Wars

  • 3 February — 11 March 2018

With pastoral and bucolic images, themes of tranquillity and peace are reflected in Marcel Ronay’s art, created in England in the 1940s and 1950s. The exhibition will reflect the artist’s contentment with colourful seascapes, riverscapes, urban scenes and forest landscapes displayed.

Admission

Free entry | Donations welcome

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/marcel-ronay-tranquility

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.
J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Thomson's Aeolian Harp, 1809, oil paint on canvas © Manchester Art Gallery, Bridgeman Images

J.M.W. Turner and 'the Matchless Vale of Thames'

  • 27 February 2018 1-2pm

Turner found great inspiration in the Arcadian landscape which forms the famous view from Richmond Hill, described by the 18th century poet James Thomson as ‘the Matchless Vale of Thames’. He rented property at nearby Isleworth and Hammersmith, and finally bought his own piece of landscape at Twickenham, where he built Sandycombe Lodge, to his own designs. This talk explores the importance to Turner of this small part of the Thames, and the ways in which poetry shaped his work.

Catherine Parry-Wingfield is an art historian and is chairman of Turner’s House Trust. She has worked extensively on the history of the house and its new presentation to the public.

Admission

£6 Adults | £4 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/jmw-turner-and-the-matchless-vale-of-thames

Battle of Britain class steam locomotive at Woking station in the 1960s.

Woking in the 50s and 60s: An Illustrated Talk

  • 23 January 2018 1-1:45pm

A nostalgic look at Woking, including the railway station and town centre before it was redeveloped. Given by David Rose, who edits the ‘Peeps into the Past’ page in the ‘Woking News & Mail’.

Admission

£6 Adults | £4 Friends

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/woking-in-the-50s-and-60s-an-illustrated-talk

Jacob Epstein (1880-1959) Italian Peasant Woman, 1907 Bronze

Tour of 'Picturing People: The Ingram Collection'

  • 24 January 2018 From 12:30pm

Join a member of The Lightbox team as they tour the ‘Picturing People: The Ingram Collection’ exhibition and provide a fascinating insight into how it was put together. Numbers are limited. Advance booking required. If you do not have a Day or Annual pass it will be necessary to purchase one to attend this tour. If this applies to you please arrive early to purchase a pass from Reception.

Admission

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

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/tour-of-picturing-people-the-ingram-collection

Comedian on stage at Joke in the Box

Joke in the Box

  • 25 January 2018 8-10pm

Featuring the best up-and-coming and established acts on the stand-up circuit.
Details of the acts will be posted on this page closer to the time of the event.
Attendees are invited to come early for dinner and a drink in the new Seasons Café and have a look in the Shop before making your way upstairs for the 8.00pm comedy night.

Admission

£8 Adult | £6 Friends

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/joke-in-the-box-25-jan-17

Books

The Lightbox Book Group

  • 1 February 2018 6-8pm

Collected Stories, by Hanif Kureishi. All are welcome to join, read the books, and get involved in a bit of friendly literary discussion. Meetings will take place from 6.00pm to approximately 8.00pm, and attendees are welcome to have dinner at Seasons Cafe, which will be open serving a tapas menu till 9.30pm.

To join The Lightbox Book Group, or for any enquiries, please email louise.musgrove@thelightbox.org.uk or call 01483 737800.

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £2.

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/the-lightbox-book-group

Film Night at The Lightbox

Film Night: Van Gogh: Painted with Words (2010)

  • 8 February 2018 8-10pm

The story of Vincent Van Gogh, with dialogue sourced from his own words. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Parker, Aidan McArdle. Directed by Andrew Hutton.
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.

Admission

£8 Adults | £6 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/film-nights-van-gogh-painted-with-words

Mini floating boats made out of corks and recycled materials

Mini Floating Boats

  • 14 February 2018 1:30-4am

Using corks and recycled materials, make your own mini boats that can float down the canal or even your bathtub.

Suitable for children aged 4+ but all ages are welcome. Younger children may need a bit of adult help and all children must be accompanied by an adult. All materials included. Please note that you may have to wait if the Education Studio is full.

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/mini-floating-boats

Roses

Valentine's Day Food and Film Night

  • 14 February 2018 7:30-11pm

Champagne cocktail, four course dinner created by our chef Neil, and film showing of Breakfast at Tiffany's in our Ambassador Room.
After last year’s sell-out event, we invite you again to join us on this most romantic of evenings.
Come early and enjoy a quiet view of the current exhibitions, and browse our artisan gift shop.
Advance booking essential.

Menu details coming soon.

Admission

£49 Adult | £45 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/valentines-day-food-and-film-night

Brooklands Museum car

Discover Surrey Tour: Brooklands Museum and The Lightbox

  • 15 February 2018 10:30am-4:15pm

Brooklands Museum is an independent charitable trust, established in 1987, whose aim is to conserve, protect and interpret the unique heritage of the Brooklands site.

Experience a different side of The Lightbox, take a tour of our Woking's Story exhibition, learn about the History of Woking from the introduction of the railway to modern day, and see this historic town in a new light. Followed by a buffet lunch in our Ambassador Room where you can enjoy scenic views of Woking and the Basingstoke canal.

After lunch you will depart for Brooklands museum, where you will receive a guided tour of the facility and their historic collection, after the tour there will be an opportunity to roam the site an find lots of hidden treasures before returning to The Lightbox.

Make the most of Lightbox Lates and use your day pass to access all our exhibitions. The gallery will remain open until 9:30pm, so why not stay for dinner in Seasons Café and visit our award winning gift shop?

Admission

£45 Adults | £42 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/discover-surrey-tour-brooklands-museum-and-the-lightbox

Joke in the Box stand-up comedian

Joke in the Box

  • 22 February 2018 8-10pm

Featuring the best up-and-coming and established acts on the stand-up circuit. Limited tickets available, please book in advance. Suitable for age 16+.

Details of the acts will be posted on our website to the time of the event.

Attendees are invited to come early for dinner and a drink in Seasons café and have a look in the Shop before making your way upstairs for the 8.00pm comedy night.

Admission

£8 Adult | £6 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/joke-in-the-box-22-feb-17

Wood carving

Introduction to Chair Making

  • 24 February 2018 10:30am-1pm

Join Mervyn Mewis for an Introduction to Green Wood Working. Come and make a traditional three legged stool from locally sourced hardwoods. You will complete your stool to take away on the day and experience some of the processes in furniture making.

Admission

£25 adults | £22 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/introduction-to-chair-making

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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