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.
UCA FARNHAM From the Series Blackmoor Vale by Hayden Wilde © The Artist

UCA Farnham MFA Photography Show

  • 11 January — 2 February 2020 *on now

The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking welcomes 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 works produced by emerging talent from the department.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/uca-farnham-mfa-photography-show-2020

David Hockney, 'Portrait of Sir David Webster' 1971, Acrylic on canvas 57 x 72'' © David Hockney. Photo Credit Richard Schmidt

David Hockney: Ways of Working

  • 25 January — 19 April 2020 *on now

An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. This exhibition takes an in-depth look at Hockney’s ingenious exploration of a diverse range of media, spanning six decades of creative output.

Tracing the artist’s practice, the display includes photographs of Hockney seen working in his studio, with several images that relate to specific works in the exhibition. In addition, it introduces a never-seen-before 14-page letter where Hockney himself describes his work processes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.50 Day Pass | Lightbox Members Free | Under 21s Free

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/david-hockney-ways-of-working

Quant, Mary; 1987-02 by Anne-Katrin Purkiss (c) The Artist

Great Minds by Anne-Katrin Purkiss

  • 11 — 29 March 2020

Celebrating the achievements of women in creative professions, this exhibition of portrait photographs depicts influential women working across both science and the arts, who inspire others through their work and their contributions to society.

Anne-Katrin Purkiss' portraits are held in the archives of the National Portrait Gallery, Tate and the Royal Society among others.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.50 Day Pass | Lightbox Members Free | Under 21s Free

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/great-minds-by-anne-katrin-purkiss

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 at The Lightbox

Joke in the Box

  • 30 January 2020 From 8pm

Our hugely popular comedy night takes place on the last Thursday of every month. Suitable for age 16+. Seasons Café and Kitchen serve tasty burgers before Joke in the Box and offer a special discounted rate if you pre-order.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£8 Adults | £6 Lightbox Members

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/joke-in-the-box-lightbox-lates

open mic

Write Out Loud Woking: Poetry Open Mic

  • 30 January 2020 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 a burger from Seasons Café. Hosted by Greg Freeman and Rodney Wood, every last Thursday.

Admission

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

Book group

The Lightbox Book Group

  • 30 January 2020 From 6pm

Join us for lively literary conversation in our Book group on the last Thursday of every month from 6.00pm. No need to book, just come along to The Lightbox. Visit thelightbox.org.uk for more details and book titles.

Rebecca by Du Maurier

As paid companion to the elderly, snobbish Mrs Van Hopper, the timid heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life is bleak until on a trip to the South of France she falls in love with Maxim be Winter, a handsome widower whose proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from Monte Carlo to Manderley, Maxim’s isolated Cornish estate, the friendless young bride begins to realise she barely knows her husband. And in every corner of every room is the phantom of his beautiful first wife, Rebecca. This is the story of a young woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

cafe scientifique

Café Scientifique Woking

  • 30 January 2020 From 7pm

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

Women in Physics
Dr Jess Wade was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to gender diversity in science.

In this talk she questions how attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes contribute to women avoiding science, and discusses wide ranging initiatives and programmes that seek to address this. Her own research is into polymer-based organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Her public engagement work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), champions women in physics, and tackles gender bias on Wikipedia.

Admission

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

The Lightbox

Curator’s Talk: David Hockney

  • 28 January 2020

Join Dr Chris Stephens, Director of The Holburne Museum and former Head of Displays and Lead Curator of Modern British Art at Tate Britain, for an insight into one of the most popular and influential British artists of the 21st century. With a deep knowledge of British art, Dr Chris Stephens has curated major exhibitions featuring the work of Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth and Pablo Picasso over the past decade, including Tate Britain’s record-breaking David Hockney retrospective in 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 Adults | £8 Lightbox Members

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/curators-talk-david-hockney

Sophie Ryder,sculptor,2016.©A.K.Purkiss

In Conversation with Sophie Ryder

  • 6 March 2020 7-8pm

To coincide with Great Minds by Anne-Katrin Purkiss and International Women’s Day 2020, join renowned sculptor Sophie Ryder for an informal discussion with The Lightbox Director, Marilyn Scott. Sophie will talk about her practice and share her experience as a female artist and the challenges faced by women in the arts today.

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of social, economic, artistic, cultural and political achievements of women throughout history.

Fri 6 March 2020, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
£20 | Includes a glass of wine

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20 | Includes a glass of wine

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/in-conversation-with-sophie-ryder

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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