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.
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

Jill Storey, Bank Gallery

Bank Gallery: Variations

  • 14 — 30 June 2019

Featuring a range of styles, their work is sensitive and ambitious. All the artwork on show will be available to purchase.

*Please note: Exhibition closed 10-19 June as The Lightbox undergoes essential maintenance work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry | Suggested donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Category/exhibitions?Take=12

Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), Sculpture with Colour and Strings, 1939-1961 © Bowness

Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture

  • 22 June — 25 August 2019

Guest Curator Caroline Worthington (Director, Royal Society of Sculptors) will use twentieth century sculptures from The Ingram Collection placed alongside contemporary drawings from the members of the Royal Society of Sculptors (RSS). The RSS is based at Dora House, South Kensington and is an artist led, membership organisation. They lead the conversation about sculpture today through exhibitions and events for all.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Category/exhibitions?Take=12

Louie Norman, Woking College Show 2018 (c) The Artist

Woking College 12th Annual Art and Design Show

  • 27 June — 7 July 2019

This annual art and design show will be displayed in the Upper Gallery, Education Studio and along the corridors.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry | Suggested donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Category/exhibitions?Take=12

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.
St Ives

The Ingram Collection: The St Ives School

  • 6 April — 23 June 2019 *on now

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/

Lates

Lightbox Lates

  • 25 April — 31 October 2019 *on now

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

printmaking

Printmaking (5 – 8 year olds)

  • 28 May 2019 1:30-3pm

Be inspired by the St Ives artists to learn how to use simple printing techniques that create seascape original prints and turn them into cards or presents. Dress for mess.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£8 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/workshops?Take=24

Fan fish

Fan Fish

  • 29 May 2019 1:30-4pm

Make your own amazing fan fish out of coloured paper. No need to feed or water.
Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free entry | Suggested donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/workshops?Take=24

Abstract art

Learn to Paint Abstract Art (8 – 12 year olds)

  • 30 May 2019 1-3pm

Explore the way St Ives artists use shape, texture and colour by applying techniques including using a palette knife, sponges, masking tape and stencils, to create your own abstract painting.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£8 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/workshops?Take=24

Joke in the Box at The Lightbox

Joke in the Box

  • 30 May 2019 8-10pm

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+

Admission

£8 Adults | £6 Friends

Website

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

open mic

Write Out Loud Woking: Poetry Open Mic

  • 30 May 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 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

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

Fast Forward: Her Stories in Photography

  • 30 May 2019 6-7:30pm

To coincide with the exhibition ‘Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers’ at The Lightbox, join us for a tour of the exhibition and a panel discussion with Anna Fox and Karen Knorr, chaired by Jean Wainwright. Anna Fox and Karen Knorr are Professors of Photography and Jean Wainwright is Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Farnham.

The panel will discuss the significance of uncovering hidden histories and of revealing new role models for women photographers. They will also explore what it is to be a woman photographer today and why we need to re-evaluate our burgeoning photography histories and ensure that the women are recorded alongside their male counterparts. The event is in collaboration with Fast Forward Women in Photography at UCA, Farnham.

Admission

Free event | Pre-booking required

Website

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

Person reading book

The Lightbox Book Group

  • 30 May 2019 6-7:30pm

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

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.

Admission

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

cafe scientifique

Café Scientifique Woking

  • 30 May 2019 7-8:30pm

Addiction

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.

Admission

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

bottle cap crabs

Bottle Cap Crabs

  • 31 May 2019 1-3pm

Come and find out what weird and wonderful crabs you can make using bottle caps and other recycled materials. Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

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

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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