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

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Cable Car by Jimmy Lee (c) The Artist

UCA Farnham: Graduate Photography Show

  • 12 January — 3 February 2019 *on now

The Lightbox gallery and museum is delighted to welcome back the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Farnham for an exhibition showcasing the very best artwork from MFA photography students. The UCA photography department has a reputation for educating some of the most innovative photographers of our time. This exhibition will offer visitors a unique opportunity to explore the vibrant and exciting work produced by emerging talent from the department.

12 January - 3 February 2019
Free entry, suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/

Cyril Mann (1911-1980) Finsbury Square, c. 1948 Oil on canvas © The Artist courtesy of Piano Nobile

Cyril Mann: Painter of Light and Shadow

  • 12 January — 31 March 2019 *on now

Cyril Mann (1911-1980) spent his life painting the effects of colour, light and shadow. The result is a body of work including nudes, landscapes and still life. Prodigiously gifted yet constantly troubled, Cyril Mann remains an unsung hero of twentieth century British art. This exhibition is generously loaned by Piano Nobile.

12 January 2019 – 31 March 2019
£5 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free

Save time when you visit and buy an Annual Pass online in advance.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/cyril-mann-painter-of-light-and-shadow

Clare Strand, Aerial Suspension, 2009. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist

Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers

  • 30 January — 2 June 2019

From the early innovations of Anna Atkins and Queen Alexandra, through to Dorothy Bohm’s depiction of 1960s London and the self-portraiture of Sarah Lucas in the 2000s, the exhibition will for the first time present an in depth historical survey showcasing the achievements of female photographers working in Britain.

In collaboration with Fast Forward Women in Photography at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. This exhibition is part of an ongoing international campaign to bring pioneering women photographers to a wider audience and expose the discrimination of working in a male dominated world.

This exhibition is supported by a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant from Art Fund.

30 January 2019 – 2 June 2019
£5.00 Day Pass or £7.50 Annual Pass | Under 18s Free

Save time when you visit and buy an Annual Pass online in advance.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/women-in-photography-a-history-of-british-trailblazers

Open Art Collective: Time

Open Art Collective: Time

  • 5 — 17 February 2019

Open Art Collective take a visual, interactive and graphic look at time. Exploring time as an indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present and future this work expresses and personalises what time means - enigmatic and challenging - to each artist.

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/open-art-collective-time

A year at Ochre

A Year at Ochre

  • 19 February — 3 March 2019

Ochre Print Studio in Guildford hosts workshops from leading print artists, allowing printmakers to learn from their expertise. As Artist in Residence this year, Helen Locke is documenting the daily life of the studio, from disability workshops to the screen stretching process of Ochre’s partner AD Colour. Work will range from textile art pieces to large scale prints and a film documenting the creation of the work. A workshop will run alongside, with the aim of attracting new members, especially Arts graduates.

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/a-year-at-ochre

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.
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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/lightbox-lates

Drawing for Adults

Drawing for Adults

  • 25 January 2019 10:30am-12:30pm

Meet an artist on the first floor, collect a stool and some materials and set off into the galleries for two hours of indulgent reflective time to draw inspiration from the outstanding collections on display. These sessions are aimed at adults of all abilities, from complete beginners through to confident artists.

All materials are provided. Advance booking required.

Free entry, suggested donation £3

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free entry, suggested donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/events/category/adult-workshops

Storytelling for Under 5s

Storytelling for Under 5s

  • 29 January 2019 11-11:45am

Join us for some stories, rhymes and hands-on creative fun either in the Studio or around the gallery. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at Reception from 10.30am on the day.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/under-5s

joke in the box

Joke in the Box

  • 31 January 2019 8-10pm

The popular series of stand-up comedy nights is set to continue at The Lightbox. 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+.

£8 Adult | £6 Friends

Admission

£8 Adult | £6 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/lightbox-lates

Urania from the series Zabat, 1989, Maud Sulter © The Estate of Maud Sulter courtesy of National Galleries of Scotland

Women in Photography Exhibition Tour

  • 6 February 2019 12:30-1pm

Join a member of The Lightbox team to learn more about the works within the exhibition Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers and how it was curated.

Day or Annual Pass | Under 18s free

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Day or Annual Pass | Under 18s free

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/tours

book group

The Lighbox Book Group

  • 7 February 2019 From 6pm

The Pigeon, John Le Carre

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.

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Cyril Mann (British 1911-1980) St Pauls from Bevan Court, 1961, oil on board © The Artist courtesy of Piano Nobile

The Cyril Mann Story

  • 7 February 2019 7-8pm

Join Director of Piano Nobile, Robert Travers, in conversation with Mann’s second wife and favoured muse, Renske van Slooten, as she shares the secrets of this extraordinary painter’s life. Hear about the fascinating story of Renske and Cyril: after turning up on his doorstep in 1960, 28 years his junior, she became model, muse and chief money-earner. Dr. Robert Travers is the Director of Piano Nobile, the London-based gallery that manages the estate of Cyril Mann.

Admission

£6 Adults | £4 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/the-cyril-mann-story

Egg tempera

Painting with Egg Tempera

  • 9 February 2019 10:30am-1pm

Let artist Robin-Lee Hall show you this wonderfully luminous ancient way of painting. We will be making paint from real egg and exploring different approaches to painting in this unique medium.

£25 Adults | £22 Friends

Admission

£25 Adults | £22 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/painting-with-egg-tempera

Storytelling

Storytelling for Under 5s

  • 12 February 2019 11-11:45am
  • 26 February 2019 11-11:45am

Join us for some stories, rhymes and hands-on creative fun either in the Studio or around the gallery. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at Reception from 10.30am on the day.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free entry | Suggested donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/under-5s

valentines

Valentine's Food & Film Night - Showing Casablanca

  • 14 February 2019 7-10pm

Following on from last year’s sell-out event, we invite you again to join us on this most romantic of evenings. Greeted with a glass of Prosecco, you will enjoy a four course dinner especially created by chef Neil followed by a showing of the film Casablanca in our Ambassador Room.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£49 Adults | £45 Friends

Website

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

cafe

Café Scientifique

  • 14 February 2019 7-8:30pm

Quantum physics, music and Valentines

Café Scientifique is a national movement for science and technology. The Woking Branch, set up by Dr Chris Bore, meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month to discuss science and technology in a fun, engaging, informal way.

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/cafe-scientifique-woking

Painting

Painting for Under 5s

  • 15 February 2019 11-11:45am
  • 15 March 2019 11-11:45am

Dress for mess and join us for some painting fun. All materials included. Advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£4 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/under-5s

carboard camera

Carboard Camera

  • 19 February 2019 1:30-3pm

Become a mini photographer and make your own cardboard camera to showcase your drawing designs on a reel.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£8 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/take-part-in-a-workshop

open mic

Write Out Loud: Poetry Open Mic Night

  • 21 February 2019 7:30-9:30pm

Join Write Out Loud Woking for a monthly Poetry Open Mic night at Lightbox Lates. Get on stage and share your writing, or just enjoy the evening listening to poets and writers from around Surrey, with a drink and some tapas from Seasons Cafe.

Hosted by Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood, every third Thursday.

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/poetry-open-mic-nights

lollipop frames

Lollipop Frames

  • 22 February 2019 1:30-4pm

Add colour, lines and patterns to create simple picture frames for your own favourite photographs. 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

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/take-part-in-a-workshop

Joke in the box

Joke in the Box

  • 28 February 2019 8-10pm

The popular series of stand-up comedy nights is set to continue at The Lightbox. 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+.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£8 Adult | £6 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/joke-in-the-box-february-19

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

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

http://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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