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.
La Châtelaine, c. 1930 by J.D. Fergusson © Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Burning Bright: The Scottish Colourists

  • 7 September 2019 — 12 January 2020 *on now

This new exhibition will bring together the significant works of Scottish Colourists S.J. Peploe (1871 - 1935), J.D. Fergusson (1874 - 1961), G.L. Hunter (1877 - 1931) and F.C.B. Cadell (1883 - 1935). The works will include paintings and drawings which represent all of the favoured subjects of the artists such as still-life, interior scenes, landscapes and portraiture. The Scottish Colourists were among the first British artists to get to grips with the radical new trends in painting which emerged at the beginning of the twentieth century. They loved to travel and this will be reflected in their depiction of bright and beautiful European destinations.

7 September 2019 - 12 January 2020

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/burning-bright-the-scottish-colourists

Billy Childish, Self-portrait with Gallows Tattoo © The Artist

The Outside and The Inside

  • 26 October 2019 — 5 January 2020 *on now

Bringing together fascinating and diverse works from The Ingram Collection and award-winning charity Outside In, The Outside and The Inside provides a unique opportunity to discover new artists and unseen work, offering fresh perspectives and a chance to question the nature of art itself. Featuring everything from rare pieces by Scottie Wilson and Madge Gill to the first display of Wilhelm Werner’s drawings in the country, this exhibition explores the theme of ‘insiders and outsiders’ and the places and spaces where their work was made.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/the-outside-and-the-inside

Pioneers (after Rodchenko)  100 x 150cm oil on canvas by Peter Monkman (c) The Artist

Head Girl Head Boy: Portraits by Peter Monkman

  • 12 — 24 November 2019 *on now

Since winning the BP Portrait award in 2009, artist and teacher Peter Monkman has painted Charterhouse School’s Head Girl and Boy every year. In his series of portraits, behind the uniforms and pose, lie complex readings of youth, hierarchy and gender.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/head-girl-head-boy-portraits-by-peter-monkman

Striped Scarf, 2018 by Tomas Harker © The Artist

The Ingram Collection: Young Contemporary Talent

  • 30 November 2019 — 5 January 2020

Tomas Harker, this year's winner of The Ingram Collection Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize, uses painting to consider how images inform our understanding of present day reality and history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/the-ingram-collection-young-contemporary-talent

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.
Drawing for Adults

Drawing for Adults

  • 22 November 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 2019 (c) The Lightbox

Storytelling for Under 5s

  • 19 November 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

  • 15 November 2019 From 11am

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

The Lightbox

Young Creatives: Painting with Acrylics

  • 14 November 2019 4:30-6:30pm *on now
  • 21 November 2019 4:30-6:30pm

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall to paint like the Scottish Colourists in this trio of acrylics masterclasses.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£25 Per Young Person

Workshop for 11-16 year olds. All materials included. Advance booking required.

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/young-creatives-painting-with-acrylics

Billy Childish, Self-portrait with Gallows Tattoo © The Artist

Collecting Outsider Art: A Discussion

  • 14 November 2019 7-8pm *on now

To coincide with the 'The Outside and the Inside' exhibition, this panel event will explore the issues and challenges of collecting outsider art, both practically and ethically, including the international context. Director and Founder of 'Outside In' Marc Steene, who is Guest Curator of the exhibition, will chair the discussion. The panel will comprise of an array of experts including members of leading organisations in the field and independent collectors.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10 Adults | £8 Lightbox Members

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/collecting-outsider-art-a-discussion

The Lightbox

Art Talks: Lucian Freud

  • 16 November 2019 10:30am-12:30pm

Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011), grandson of Sigmund Freud, is best known for his thickly painted portraits and nude figures. He painted a fascinating range of sitters from gangsters to Kate Moss and the Queen. His 1995 painting 'Benefits Supervisor Sleeping' sold for £17.2 million at auction in 2008, and at the time, it was the highest price paid for an artwork by a living artist. He was an intriguing character who was deeply committed to his artwork, painting right up until his death in 2011. The talk will be given by lecturer Melanie Paice.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15 Adults | £12 Lightbox Members and Students

Art Talks are bookable separately or as a set of four with a 10% discount.

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/art-talks-lucian-freud

Playing with Colour in Oils

Playing with Colour in Oils

  • 16 November 2019 10:30am-4pm

In this one-day workshop with Liz Hauck, learn how to use oil colour in a free and expressive way. Colour theories and the language of colour will be explored but the emphasis will be on practical colour exercises to encourage participants to build confidence.

Suitable for both beginners and improvers. All materials are provided. Lunch not included.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50 Adults | £44 Lightbox Members

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/playing-with-colour-in-oils

The Lightbox

Art Talks: David Hockney

  • 23 November 2019 10:30am-12:30pm

David Hockney (b. 1937) is one of the most popular British artists of the 20th century. To create art was all he ever wanted and he had success in the field from an early age. In this talk, lecturer Melanie Paice will discuss his work from the beginning of his career right up to the present day, examining his experimentation with the technology of the time, from Polaroids to iPads and multiple film screens. Through his artwork, Melanie will explore the artist’s friendships, his muses and his family.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£15 Adults | £12 Lightbox Members and Students

Art Talks are bookable separately or as a set of four with a 10% discount.

Website

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/art-talks-david-hockney

open mic

Write Out Loud Woking: Poetry Open Mic

  • 28 November 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

cafe scientifique

Café Scientifique

  • 28 November 2019 7-8:30pm

Will Brooker spent a year living as David Bowie. He sees this work as research through performance - to try to understand someone, their life and work, by living as them. Will is Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University London, and was once nicknamed 'Dr Batman' for his PhD in Batman. He has authored several books on culture, including of course 'Forever Stardust: David Bowie Across The Universe'. This will be a fascinating talk, about a fascinating man, by a fascinating speaker.

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

Lates

Lightbox Lates

  • 28 November 2019 5-8:30pm

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

Book group

The Lightbox Book Group

  • 28 November 2019 6-7:30pm

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.

November 28: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

1950s Vietnam. Into this war-torn country comes the young and idealistic Pyle, 'The Quiet American'. He has been sent by Washington to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'. As his naïve optimism starts to cause bloodshed his friend Fowler, a jaded British foreign correspondent, finds it difficult to stand aside and watch. But even as he intervenes, he wonders why: for the sake of politics, or of love?

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

  • 28 November 2019 7-8:30pm

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.

November 28: Being David Bowie
Will Brooker spent a year living as David Bowie. Will sees this work as research through performance - to try to understand someone, their life and work, by living as them.
Will is Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University London, and was once nicknamed 'Dr Batman' for his PhD in Batman. Will has authored several books on culture, including of course 'Forever Stardust: David Bowie Across The Universe'.

Admission

Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3

Website

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

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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