The Lightbox

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If you’re passionate about art and history, want to participate in activities and fun events like poetry open mic or comedy nights, or would just like somewhere quiet to relax, you’ll find it all at The Lightbox, where we believe that art has the power to make you feel good.

To view our current programme please visit thelightbox.org.uk

The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking is one of the most exciting cultural spaces in the South East. Three stunning galleries host a huge range of exhibitions, changing regularly. The building is also home to Woking’s Story, a free interactive museum about the town’s history.
If you’re visiting with children, you’ll find plenty to keep them occupied and entertained, and under 18s have free entry to all exhibitions. General entry to The Lightbox is free for all adults. To visit the Main or Upper Gallery exhibitions requires the purchase of a Day or Annual Pass.
Visitors with disabilities will find the building is easy to use. It has been designed to be one of the most accessible cultural venues in the South East. More information is available on website, under the Plan Your Visit page.

Complete your visit with a delicious lunch or coffee at the canal-side Seasons Café or browse The Lightbox Shop for a selection of local arts, crafts, jewellery, books and gifts. The Lightbox is also available to hire for both corporate and private events and it is a magnificent setting in which to host a special event.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

Tues, Weds, Fri, Sat: 10:30am - 5.00pm
Thurs: 10.30am - 8.30pm
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.
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 *on now

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

hutwood house

Hurtwood House: Photography

  • 19 — 31 March 2019 *on now

A photograph can make us laugh or move us to tears. Hurtwood House would like to share with you a collection of such photographs by recent students. Having recently celebrated the school's fiftieth anniversary and the photography department's tenth, the course has created artists, photo-journalists, professional photographers and amateur enthusiasts.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

Goddamn Libido by Mahmut Aydın, 2018 (c) the artist

Letters from Anatolia: Contemporary Art from Turkey

  • 1 — 14 April 2019

A melting pot of many different cultures, religions and traditions, Turkey has a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in its modern art. Aiming to bridge the gap between contemporary Turkish art and art lovers in the UK, New Turkish Art brings a range of art from up and coming Turkish artists to locations across the country.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

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AJ Pearce: Letters from Mrs Bird

  • 16 — 28 April 2019

Part of this year’s Woking Literary Festival, Sunday Times Bestseller author AJ Pearce will take over the Art Fund Prize Gallery with a unique exhibition that showcases Second World War magazines and memorabilia from the complex research process behind her fascinating book ‘Dear Mrs Bird’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

Elaine Thompson, Fabrications

Fabrications: Transition

  • 30 April — 12 May 2019

In this exciting exhibition, Fabrications, a group of six artists, respond to the title, ‘Transition’ in personal and diverse ways. With a strong focus on creative textiles, mixed media and mosaic, this exhibition will show new, original and innovative work from the participants.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

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

Detail from Mary Steen (1859-1939), Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia, Queen Louise of Denmark, Alexandra, Princes of Wales, Amaliensborg, May 1892, RCIN 2927326

Pioneering Women Photographers in the Royal Collection

  • 28 February — 28 March 2019 *on now

The Royal Collection contains a significant body of work which reveals the historical and contemporary importance of women photographers. Join Catlin Langford, Assistant Curator at Royal Collection Trust as she discusses key moments in photographic history, from the development of accessible camera technologies to the advent of colour photography, framed through the work of pioneering women photographers.

Admission

£8 Adult | £6 Friends

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/pioneering-women-photographers-in-the-royal-collection

Drawing for Adults

Drawing for Adults

  • 22 March 2019 10:30am-12:30pm

Meet an artist on the 1st floor, collect a stool and some materials and set off into the galleries for 2 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.

Admission

Free entry | Suggested donation £3

Website

http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/

Zine making

Young Curators - Zine Making

  • 21 March 2019 5-7pm
  • 28 March 2019 5-7pm

For this project, the Young Curators will be able to make their own zine in response to artists, works, and themes in the Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers exhibition. Zines are small DIY publications associated with radical movements and groups, often used to share ideas about topics not dealt with in mainstream media.
The workshop will introduce the basics of zine making, exploring different types of zines and self-published works, before leading to creating your own sections of a new collaborative publication which will be on offer for visitors to read here at The Lightbox.

Young Curators is for 13 - 19 year olds.No previous experience required. Limited spaces available, advance booking required. All materials provided.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£30 for all 4 sessions

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/young-curators-zine-making

The Lightbox - Storytelling for Under 5s

Storytelling for Under 5s

  • 26 March 2019 11-11:45am

Join us for some stories, rhymes and hands-on creative fun. 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

open mic

Write Out Loud Woking: Poetry Open Mic Night

  • 21 March 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

Joke in the Box at The Lightbox

Joke in the Box

  • 28 March 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

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£8 Adult | £6 Friends

Website

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

St Ives

The Ingram Collection: The St Ives School

  • 6 April — 23 June 2019

Using The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, the exhibition will explore the impact of the fishing town of St Ives in West Cornwall, which became a centre for modern and abstract developments in British art from the 1940s to the 1960s. The exhibition will feature works by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Paul Feiler, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon and Bryan Wynter. This group show of works by artists from The St Ives School also marks 125 years since Ben Nicholson’s birth in 1894.

Admission

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

Website

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

Photomontage

Photomontage

  • 9 April 2019 1:30-3pm

Use collage and paint to create your own photomontage using found imagery from magazines inspired by the photobooks in our ‘Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers’ exhibition. All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£8 per child (5 – 8 year olds) | Accompanying adult goes free

Website

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

Handy Flowers

Handy Flowers

  • 10 April 2019 1:30-4pm

Spring is in full bloom so come and create some beautiful hand-shaped blooms from paper, card and recycled materials. 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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

Tunnel Book

Tunnel Book

  • 11 April 2019 1:30-3pm

Be inspired to craft your own theatrical tunnel book by creating images which work together to form a three-dimensional scene that helps to tell the story you want to tell.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

£8 per child/young person (8 – 12 year olds)

Website

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

Easter Peg Animals

Easter Peg Animals

  • 12 April 2019 1:30-4pm

Join us to make some Easter surprises using clothes pegs and card. 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.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

Secret Garden in a Jar

Secret Garden in a Jar

  • 16 April 2019 1:30-3pm

Create your own miniature secret garden in a jar using modelling materials so that it won’t need watering. All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

£8 per child (5 - 8 year olds) | Accompanying adult goes free

Website

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

Easter Bunny Cups

Easter Bunny Cups

  • 17 April 2019 1:30-4pm

Hop along to our drop-in to make a creative way to hold all those Easter eggs. 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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

Litchfield book cover

Children’s Event: The Bear and The Piano by David Litchfield

  • 18 April 2019 2-3pm

Multi-award winning illustrator and author David Litchfield will take families on the musical journey of a travelling bear and his beloved piano.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Add on tickets are for an additional adult or child. Must be purchased in conjunction with main ticket.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£9.50 Adult and One Child | £5 Add-on Ticket

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

Women of Crime Panel covers

Bestselling Women of Crime Panel: Amanda Robson, C.L. Taylor, Mel Sherratt and Katerina Diamond

  • 23 April 2019 7-8pm

Sunday Times bestselling authors Amanda Robson, C.L. Taylor, Mel Sherratt and Katerina Diamond will come together to discuss the processes behind their work and what makes crime such an enduringly popular subject for novels. Order copies of their latest books at thelightbox.org.uk when booking and have them signed at the event.

Admission

£15 Adults | £12 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

Phillips book cover

In Conversation: Marie Phillips with Scott Pack

  • 23 April 2019 2-3pm

On Shakespeare’s birthday, Marie Phillips, author of international bestseller ‘Gods Behaving Badly’ will share the secrets behind her new book ‘Oh, I Do Like To Be…’ a modern update on ‘Comedy of Errors’ with Publisher Scott Pack.

Advance booking required. All proceeds go to The Lightbox charity ‘Art and Wellbeing programme’

Admission

Charitable Donation | Suggested Donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

Richard Langtree cover

Woking’s Forgotten Benefactor: The Story of William Hamilton and his Family

  • 24 — 25 April 2019 2-3pm

Author and local history enthusiast Richard Langtree will tell the little-known yet fascinating story of how Rev William Hamilton and his family broke the military mould and how he spent his considerable inheritance for the benefit of Woking’s inhabitants.

Advance booking required. All proceeds go to The Lightbox charity ‘Art and Wellbeing programme’. Registered no: 1073543.

Admission

Charitable Donation | Suggested Donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

cafe scientifique

Café Scientifique

  • 25 April 2019 7-8:30pm

Cosmic Rays, quantum chemistry and cold fusion – Chris Bore follows an exotic particle from supernova to cold fusion, by way of quantum chemistry and rain clouds.

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

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

book group

The Lightbox Book Group

  • 25 April 2019 5:45-7pm

All are welcome to join, read the books, and get involved in a bit of friendly literary discussion.

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

Joke in the Box at The Lightbox (c) The Lightbox

Joke in the Box: Literary Special

  • 25 April 2019 7:30-9:30pm

This not-to-be-missed special Joke in the Box will have a literary theme to tie in with the Festival. Featuring Tim Bucker and his ‘History of Comic Books’ sketch, Njambi McGrath, comedian and author of BAME Shortlisted 'Through The Leopard's Gaze', regular Aidan Goatley author of 'Never Eat The Buffet At A Sex Club', and popular comedic spoken word artist Robert Garnham who will also make an appearance at the Poetry Open Mic on Sat 27 April. Suitable for age 16+.

£10 Adults | £8 Friends*
Seasons Café and Kitchen serve tasty burgers before Joke in the Box and offer a special discounted rate if you pre-order:
£17 Adult Joke in the Box with Burger and Chips*
*Variety of burgers available – please visit thelightbox.org.uk for the menu and to book.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£10 Adults | £8 Friends*

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

Lates

Lightbox Lates

  • 25 April — 31 October 2019

On the last Thursday of every month we are open from 5.00pm - 8.30pm allowing the opportunity to enjoy delicious food in Seasons Café before visiting the galleries for free or attending one or more of the featured events. For full details of titles, topics and acts please visit our website.

Admission

All Exhibitions | Free Entry

Website

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

Woking Literary Festival at The Lightbox

Fundraising Event: Lost in Literature Quiz Night: Hosted by Publisher Scott Pack

  • 26 April 2019 7-9pm

Scott Pack is a Publisher and literary festival veteran who also dabbles in quiz writing for television including shows such as Impossible and Fifteen To One. This special fundraising event is perfect for literary buffs who want to couple a sociable evening with supporting their local gallery and museum. Minimum 3 people per team.

Advance booking required. All proceeds go to The Lightbox charity ‘Art and Wellbeing programme’. Registered no: 1073543.

Admission

£8 Per Entrant

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

Coelho book cover

Children’s Event: Interactive Poetry with Award-Winning Poet Joseph Coelho

  • 27 April 2019 2-3pm

Perfect for literary loving families, award-winning children’s performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho will lead a fun and interactive poetry session taking inspiration from his 2018 bestseller ‘If All the World Were…’.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Add on tickets are for an additional adult or child. Must be purchased in conjunction with main ticket.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£9.50 Adult and One Child | Add-on Ticket £5

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

Woking Literary Festival at The Lightbox

Performance Poetry and Open Mic in Seasons Café: Featuring Published Performance Poet Robert Garnham

  • 27 April 2019 11am-4pm

The popular Poetry Day returns for its third year with free performance and open mic poetry throughout the day in Seasons Café. Performance Poet and author of the best-selling novel ‘Reception’ Robert Garnham will feature.

Admission

Free Entry | Donations Welcome

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

Weir Book cover

Fundraising Talk: Alison Weir, Six Tudor Queens, Anna of Kleve; Queen of Secrets

  • 28 April 2019 7-8pm

Back by popular demand for the third year in a row, historical fiction author Alison Weir will present the latest instalment of her Six Tudor Queens series, ‘Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets’. Copies will be available in The Lightbox Shop ahead of general publication and Alison will be pleased to sign your copy.

All proceeds go to The Lightbox charity ‘Art and Wellbeing programme’. Registered no: 1073543.

Admission

£15 Adults

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

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In Conversation: AJ Pearce with Marilyn Scott

  • 28 April 2019 2-3pm

Sunday Times bestseller AJ Pearce will reveal to Lightbox Director, Marilyn Scott, the processes behind her blockbuster first novel ‘Dear Mrs Bird’, uniquely inspired by real agony aunt letters written in WWII, and give exclusive insight into what readers can expect in the hotly anticipated sequel.

Admission

£10 Adults | £8 Friends

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

Course at The Lightbox

Guardian Masterclass with Publisher Scott Pack: How to Pitch Your Book to Publishers

  • 29 April 2019 11am-2:30pm

Experienced publisher Scott Pack will offer straight-talking advice on how budding writers can ensure their book submissions get noticed by editors. Participants will learn about how to identify the right publisher or agent, how to write an engaging synopsis and what to put in the all-important cover letter.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Adults £50 | Friends £45 | Includes a Buffet Lunch

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/woking-literary-festival-2019

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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