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, Weds, Fri, Sat: 10:30am - 5.00pm
Thurs: 10.30am - 9.30pm
Sun: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Mondays and bank holidays.

Admission charges

Free entry, £5.00 Day Pass, £7.50 Annual Pass, Under 18s Free


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Alfred Sisley (1839–1899) 14 July at Marly, France, 1875 Oil on canvas

Impressionism: The Art of Life

  • 29 September 2018 — 13 January 2019 *on now

The exhibition will display works by world-renowned artists such as Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, all of whom exhibited artwork in the very first Impressionist group exhibition in France. Home to the movement, the idyllic French landscape made for a fitting subject for the spontaneous and unprompted method of working embraced by these artists.

Paintings and sculptures will span four key themes related to everyday occurrences: maternity, leisure, work and the home.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5.00 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free


Elizabeth Frink, Baboon (1990), Lithograph in colours © The Executors of Rene Lin Jammet

Elisabeth Frink: A Collector's Passion from The Ingram Collection

  • 13 October 2018 — 6 January 2019 *on now

The exhibition will include personal responses to the artworks from Chris Ingram, owner of The Ingram Collection. Frink’s art is a personal passion of Chris’s, with many of her paintings, sculptures and drawings being prevalent within the collection. Shedding light on the key themes Frink (1930-1993) explored throughout her career, sculptures, paintings and prints explore representations of animals, man, and their relationship to each other.

13 October 2018 – 6 January 2019

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free


Anna Liber Lewis painting

Anna Liber Lewis: Young Contemporary Talent from The Ingram Collection

  • 1 December 2018 — 6 January 2019

Anna Liber Lewis has been invited to stage an exhibition in response to a chosen artwork from The Ingram Collection. Anna’s work is often concerned with ideas around female sexuality, and challenging the depiction of woman, created historically by men.

Anna Liber Lewis was one of the recipients of the 2017 Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize, selected by Chris Ingram.

1 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
Free entry, suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free entry, suggested donation £3


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.
Joke in the Box stand-up comedian

Joke in the Box

  • 29 November 2018 8-10pm
  • 27 December 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 this page closer to the time of the event.

BURGER PRE-ORDERS: Reserve yourself a burger in Seasons Cafe for just £7 (£8.50 on the night). Just add your choice to your ticket order below before 4.00pm Wed 29 August.

6oz Beef Burger with Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce and Onion
6oz Cheeseburger with Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce and Onion
Southern Fried Chicken Burger with BBQ Sauce, Tomato, Lettuce and Onion
Spinach and Falafel Burger with Onion Chutney and Hummus
Fish Burger with Gem Lettuce, Homemade Tartare Sauce
All Served with Fries

Please arrive by 7.30pm to redeem your burger order.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£8 Adult | £6 Friends


Conversations in the Main gallery

Art History Talks

  • 24 November 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

Rodin: The Shape of Genius
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), one of the most famous sculptors of any period, is known for the vigour of his treatment of the human form. Peter Scott will illustrate that aspect of his sculpture, but also look at Rodin’s lesser-known works on paper, which have so many echoes in the work of later artists. As Rodin said: “It’s very simple, my drawings are the key to my work.” We will also consider some surprising elements of his working methods.
Sat 3 November 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm
£12 Adults | £10 Friends or Students

Brancusi: The Essence of Things
The Romanian-born sculptor, Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957), is widely acknowledged as an outstanding early 20th century sculptor and one of the most original artists working in Paris at a time of remarkable creativity. Brancusi was a master of many materials and used his skill to produce elegant and sophisticated works of great beauty in metal, stone and wood, often referencing his Romanian heritage.
Sat 10 November 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm
£12 Adults | £10 Friends or Students

Land Art: Diggers, Sticks and Stones
Land art is the term given for exciting artworks made of or from the land. Work made from earth, sticks, stones or simply a walk made through the land. Land Art began in the 1960s and continues right through to the present day. Melanie will introduce you to artists and art works which fall under this term, and also advise on where to view some of these great contemplative and experiential artworks.
Sat 17 November 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm
£12 Adults | £10 Friends or Students

Antony Gormley: The figure and what it is to feel human
British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley has become for many, a household name. His most famous works include the Angel of the North at Gateshead and Another Place on Crosby Beach, Liverpool. Gormley is fascinated by humanity. Through his sculptures he contemplates what it means to be human and what it feels like to be human. Melanie will discuss a wide variety of his work including some fascinating pieces from his early career.
Sat 24 November 2018, 10.30am - 12.30pm
£12 Adults | £10 Friends or Students

Art Talks are bookable separately or as a set of four with 10% discount by calling 01483 737800. This offer cannot be booked via the website.

Refunds will only be given up to 14 days prior to the event.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Per talk: £12 Adult | £10 Friends or Students

Drinks in the sunny Courtyard at The Lightbox

Lightbox Lates

  • 8 November 2018 — 25 April 2019 *on now

Discover a variety of art at exhibitions in our three regularly changing gallery spaces. Browse a carefully curated selection of art, gifts, homewares, books and accessories at our Shop, and enjoy a special Thursday night tapas menu at Seasons Café, 3 tapas dishes for £11.95.

Suitable for

  • Any age


The Lightbox at Christmas illustration

Christmas Arts and Craft Fair

  • 1 December 2018 10:30am-5pm
  • 2 December 2018 11am-4pm

Enjoy your Christmas shopping with a difference and find that extra special gift you won’t find anywhere else. Expect an array of products from local designers, crafters, painters and producers alongside food, live music and a wonderfully festive atmosphere.

Interested in holding a stall? Contact to apply.

Sat 1 December 10.30am – 5.00pm
Sun 2 December 11.00am – 4.00pm

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free entry, suggested donation £3

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

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

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.


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


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How to obtain

The exhibition will be viewable without booking or charge.

Oral History Box

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

Tours of the Lightbox

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

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

The Lightbox
Chobham Road
GU21 4AA




01483 737800


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.