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

Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture

  • 22 June — 25 August 2019 *on now

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

Decommissioned,  35 x 93cm,  Watercolour by Lillias August (c) The Artist

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

  • 13 July — 20 October 2019 *on now

This exhibition celebrates the very best of contemporary watercolour. Since its foundation in 1831, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) has promoted the essentially English art of watercolour. The RI is one of the oldest and most respected watercolour societies in the world. In 1883 Queen Victoria granted the Institute a Royal Warrant. Today, Her Majesty the Queen is Patron and HRH Prince of Wales is an Honorary Member. Formed to exhibit the best of progressive watercolours, the RI showcases a diversity of styles and techniques, from traditional uses of the medium to more experimental and innovative paintings. All the paintings will be available to purchase.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/the-royal-institute-of-painters-in-water-colours

Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) Bird, 1958 (c) The Estate of Elisabeth Frink

Centrepiece

  • 17 July — 1 September 2019

The annual Centrepiece project brings together children from seven local schools who this year take inspiration from the sculpture 'Bird' by Elisabeth Frink. This exhibition showcases their highly creative responses.
Centrepiece is kindly supported by The Arts Society Mayford.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry | £3 Suggested Donation

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/centrepiece-2019

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.
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

Drawing for Adults

Drawing for Adults

  • 19 July 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.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Free entry | Suggested donation £3

Website

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

The Lightbox - Storytelling for Under 5s

Storytelling for Under 5s

  • 23 July 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
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free entry | Suggested donation £3

Website

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

Painting for Under 5s

Painting for Under 5s

  • 19 July 2019 11-11:45am

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

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Especially for children

Admission

£4 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

  • 25 July 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+
  • Not suitable for children

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

  • 25 July 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

Book group

The Lightbox Book Group

  • 25 July 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.

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

  • 25 July 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

free family fun afternoon

Big Art Summer Family Fun Afternoon

  • 26 July 2019 1:30-4pm

Come along to our free family fun afternoon and have your face painted then create some big art in our Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture exhibition. Bring your adult for free into the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/summer-fun-guide

Colourful Sun-catcher

Colourful Sun-Catcher (5-8 Year olds)

  • 30 July 2019 1:30-3pm

We will show you how to make your own indoor sun-catcher with ribbons, beads and recycled materials that will make a bright and colourful addition to your room this summer.
Advance booking required. All materials included, but please bring something to take your project home in. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult goes free, but be prepared to help your child if necessary. Workshop for 5 - 8 year olds.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/summer-fun-guide

Lollipop Dragonflies

Lollipop Dragonflies

  • 31 July 2019 1:30-4pm

Be inspired by nature in this workshop and make your own colourful flying dragonflies.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/summer-fun-guide

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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