The Lightbox
The Lightbox
4.5
Art GalleriesArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Lightbox is an award-winning charitable arts and heritage organisation with a social purpose to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of its community. We strongly believe that art has the power to make you feel good and we strive to ensure that this philosophy is at the heart of everything we do. Our diverse cultural programme includes exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists, local heritage, talks and tours, social events and arts and crafts workshops for all ages.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Janet W
4 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Inspiring visit especially for the kids. However I think the location and parking isn't very convenient. It's kind of hard to find if you are new to Woking.
Written 6 November 2023
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david r
Woking, UK62 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
The exhibitions are good but less frequently changed, to save costs I have been told, although the Arts Council have been generous. In recent weeks the cafe tends to have had a very limited menu ,possibly due to staff shortage and a reduction in customers ?
Written 18 June 2023
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MK Tech
12 contributions
Apr 2023
The Light box –
Last Monday I visited the Light Box in Woking (a small art gallery) which included artists such as Sophie Ryder and Tom Sliwinski. One of my favourite aspects was the architecture of the building, it looks relatively small from the outside, and almost dull, but when you step in, it is very open, bright and warm. For a Monday afternoon, the café was relatively busy and calm. This was not my first time visiting the light box, I had been many times when I was younger, therefore it was nostalgic for me. On the other hand, the exhibitions do change regularly, which is a good thing as there is always a variety or artists to view.

This makes a fantastic activity to do with your friends or family, as the majority of exhibitions are free, which is nice to see in 2023. Although, the café is rather expensive, it wasn’t a big deal as Woking town centre is just two minuets away. The main downside is the fact that it took less than two hours to walk around all of the exhibitions, so it would not be a whole day activity.

Overall, this was a great art gallery to visit, especially considering that it was free entry. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for distraction for a couple of hours, it was also a great place to relax, as it was incredibly peaceful.
Written 27 April 2023
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david r
Woking, UK62 contributions
Jan 2023
There is always an exhibition to stimulate the brain and senses, even if not to one's taste. The cafe is very reliable and fairly priced.
Written 29 January 2023
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Jacquie B
3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We visited the cafe today and found the staff with their backs to us chatting away. We stood for awhile then said Hello. Tne staff member turned around but didn't say a word. No "Hello" or "Can I help you?..nothing.
She took our order and we sat down. She then did much the same with the next customer. I know people can get bored or fed-up at work,but a little customer service interaction works wonders! Won't be eating here again in a hurry. Which is a shame, cos it's usually a nice calm place away from the shopping centre.
Written 12 October 2022
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Dave Woking
United Kingdom162 contributions
Aug 2022
Have visited the Canaletto exhibition twice,,,I live in Woking .Well worth visiting as there is always something of interest .

Become a member for the best value. Cafe modest but excellent
Written 24 August 2022
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futtock21
London, UK11,600 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Two impressive new exhibitions at the Lightbox. In the main gallery highlights of the last five hundred or so years of Scottish art from the Fleming and Ingram collections. The earliest works from the lines of George Jamieson (1587-1644) known as the Scottish Van Dyck through the Scottish colourists to Bellany, Rae, Howson and Paolozzi. And if this isn’t enough the top floor art gallery is exhibiting some early works by William Crozier courtesy of Piano Nobilr gallery. There is an accompanying catalogue.
Written 8 May 2022
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Lucy B
28 contributions
Apr 2022
As we had never visited Woking before unsure what to expect. Transpired it was a great place for shopping, street food, history and art. Friendly locals took us to the Lightbox sculpture pop up in a shop next to M&S with another one nearby for local artists. First class interesting sculpture in the pop up attracting lots of different visitors welcomed by smiling friendly volunteers and staff.

We enjoyed big portions of Korean Japanese street food in the nearby market then visited the Lightbox centre, in a lovely oasis, yet next to a busy road! Set in a lovely garden, the centre has a very tempting shop ( whoever is the person sourcing the items for the shop has imagination and experience, such gorgeous items from a range of fab tetailers). The Scottish art exhibition was enjoyable, a local history gallery was fascinating. A lovely place to visit, enjoy paintings and sculpture, including some great Elisabeth Frjnks. Volunteers and staff are enthusiastic and passionate about the Lightbox and sharing it with visitors. Thank you.
Written 1 May 2022
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Dave Woking
United Kingdom162 contributions
Feb 2022
Went to two time limited exhibitions yesterday.....very different in character but each of great interest. Very worthwhile to become a member if you live near. Excellent cafe now too.
Written 26 February 2022
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futtock21
London, UK11,600 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Where else might you find, in addition to paintings and sculptures from its permanent collections, two such diverse temporary exhibitions as the mind bending optical wallpaper of Bridget Riley (b.1931) and the entirely figurative work of Hubert Arthur Finney (1905-1991). The former is a nonogenarian rarely out of the limelight; the latter’s exhibition rightly described as ‘out of the shadows’. Not exactly contemporaries as Finney could have been of the same generation as Riley’s father. What a variety of his work on display from a wistful self-portrait to a reclining nude through aerial shots of airfields to pastoral scenes. Riley’s work, however, feels like intense and myopic variations on a single-theme of creating mind-bending patterns. Downstairs a bookshop and small cafe.
Written 16 January 2022
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