Ingram Collection of Modern British Art

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The Ingram Collection
LocationThe Lightbox, Woking
Key holdingsModern British Sculpture, Neo-Romantics, Dame Elisabeth Frink
Collection size650 pieces
CuratorJo Baring
OwnerChris Ingram

The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art[1][2][3] is one of the United Kingdom’s best and most significant collections of Modern British Art. It is recognised as the biggest privately owned publicly accessible collection of Modern British in the country. The collection has been put together over the last decade by media entrepreneur Chris Ingram. Ingram has been described as “one of the most active and thoughtful collectors of Modern British Art today.”[4]

Robert Upstone (former director of The Fine Art Society and Tate curator) considers the collection to have been "created with exemplary visual flair and an unerring eye for quality". The collection comprises 650 artworks of which over 400 are by the most important artists of the Modern British era, among these Dame Elisabeth Frink, Dame Barbara Hepworth and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

The collection[edit]

The Lightbox is the home of The Ingram Collection
The Lightbox, Woking is the current home to The Ingram Collection.

The collection is currently housed at The Lightbox - the Art Fund Prize-winning gallery and museum in Ingram's hometown of Woking. The Lightbox is a public gallery which opened in 2007. The Ingram Collection has been on loan to the gallery from its opening and has created a unique local opportunity to see world-class Modern British art. Since its inaugural exhibition, 2D:3D, which featured a wide selection of sculpture and sculptors' drawings, The Ingram Collection has run a varied programme of exhibitions focusing on particular elements of the collection, from surveys of artists such as Sir Anthony Caro and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, to explorations of broader themes such as The Human Face, Sea Pictures, and Dreams and Nightmares. Works from the collection are also regularly requested by other galleries and exhibitions, including loans to Pallant House, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Guildford Cathedral, The Hepworth Wakefield, Kettle’s Yard and the Jerwood Gallery.

The collection spans a hundred years of British art and includes works in oil and on paper, sculptures, installations and videos. The main focus of the collection is on the art movements which developed in the early and middle decades of the 20th Century, art which responded to the influence of the two world wars, and art which challenged the usual and the regular. The collection features a broad base of artists with particularly strong groups of works by William Roberts, Edward Burra, Keith Vaughan, John Tunnard, John Craxton, and Richard Eurich. The sculpture holdings are significant, featuring works by artists such as, amongst others, Robert Adams, Kenneth Armitage, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick, Geoffrey Clarke, Robert Clatworthy, Sir Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill, Bernard Meadows, Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull and Leon Underwood.

The Ingram Collection also includes contemporary art. Ingram is a supporter of and regular visitor to graduate arts shows. Contemporary works purchased range from traditional works in oils and on paper, to installations and video. Several of the artists represented in the collection are now gaining international reputations, Haroon Mirza, Suki Chan and Alexander Hoda.


  • 2D-3D, The Lightbox, Woking, February–March 2008
  • Portraiture - The Human Face, The Lightbox, Woking, July–September 2008
  • Landscapes, The Lightbox, Woking, March–May 2009
  • Sea Pictures, The Lightbox, Woking, January–March 2010
  • Suki Chan and Haroon Mirza, The Lightbox, Woking, October–November 2010
  • Ways of Seeing, The Lightbox, Woking, November 2010–February 2011
  • Sculpture and Sculptors’ Drawings from The Ingram Collection, Sotheby's, London, January–January 2011
  • Sculptures from the Ingram Collection, Guildford Cathedral, Guildford, January–December 2011
  • Ingram Collection, Prints and Printmaking, The Lightbox, Woking, February–April 2011
  • The Art of William Roberts, The Lightbox, Woking, September–December 2011
  • Ingram Collection, Diamond Jubilee Celebration Exhibition, The Lightbox, Woking, March–April 2012
  • The Ingram Collection, a loan exhibition, Otter Gallery, Chichester, March–April 2012
  • Dreams and Nightmares, The Lightbox, Woking, May–July 2012
  • Football, celebrating the Olympics, The Lightbox, Woking, July–September 2012
  • Suki Chan ‘Still Point’, The Lightbox, Woking, October–November 2012
  • Landscapes of the Mind, The Lightbox, Woking, January–February 2013
  • Colourful lives of artists, The Lightbox, Woking, April–June 2013
  • Sculptures from the Ingram Collection, Canary Wharf, London, September–November 2013
  • Animals in art, The Lightbox, Woking, January–March 2014
  • Skyscapes, The Lightbox, Woking, May–June 2014
  • Impact of War, The Lightbox, Woking, October 2014 – January 2015
  • Drawing On, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, March-June 2015
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Lightbox, Woking, April-June 2015
  • A Personal Passion, Hestercombe, Somerset, April-July 2015
  • Inside Out, The Clink Restaurants, HMP Styal and HMP High Down, Surrey, April 2015 and ongoing
  • Where's God Now?, The Lightbox, Woking, July-September 2015
  • Bodies!, The Lightbox, Woking, November 2015-January 2016
  • Beside The Sea, Paintings in Hospitals Loan Scheme, various locations, January-December 2016
  • The Human Face, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, January-March 2016
  • Not All Contemporary Art Is Rubbish!, The Lightbox, Woking, February-April 2016
  • Health and the Body, Ingram at the RCGP, Royal College of General Practitioners, London, March-May- 2016
  • The Road to Abstraction, The Lightbox, Woking, May-July 2016
  • Century, Modern British Art from The Ingram and Jerwood Collections, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, October 2016-January 2017

Loans to other exhibitions[edit]

  • William Roberts, England at Play, Pallant House, Chichester, January–March 2007
  • Caro and Paolozzi, The Lightbox, Woking, January–April 2009
  • John Tunnard, Pallant House, Chichester, March–June 2010
  • The Nicholsons and their Circle, An artistic legacy, The Lightbox, Woking, April–June 2011
  • British Pop Art, Snap, Crackle and Pop, The Lightbox, Woking, July–October 2011
  • Stanley Spencer – Between heaven and earth, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, September 2011–January 2012
  • Edward Burra, Pallant House, Chichester, October 2011–February 2012
  • Exorcising the Fear, Pangolin London, January-March 2012
  • Edward Burra, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, March - May 2012
  • Hepworth Surgical Drawings, and tour to Chichester, Pallant House, Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, October 2012–February 2013
  • A perfect place to grow, celebrating 175 years, Royal College of Art, London, November 2012–January 2013
  • Elisabeth Frink, Retrospective, The Lightbox, Woking, January–April 2013
  • William Scott, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, April–July 2013
  • Eduardo Paolozzi – Collaging Culture, Pallant House, Chichester, July–October 2013
  • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, June – August 2014
  • Edward Burra, A Rye View, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, February-June 2015
  • Ravilious, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, April-August 2015
  • Hepworth, A Greater Freedom, Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, April 2015-April 2016
  • Taking Flight, St Ives in the 1950s, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Keswick, June-October 2015
  • William Gear 1915-1997, The painter that Britain forgot, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne and touring to City Art Centre, Edinburgh, July 2015-February 2016
  • John Tunnard, Nature, Politics and Science, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, July-October 2015
  • Shorelines, Artists on the South Coast, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire, September 2015-January 2016
  • Elisabeth Frink, The Presence of Sculpture, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, November 2015-February 2016
  • Out There, Our Post-War Public Art, East Wing Galleries, Somerset House, London, February-April 2016
  • Circles of Influence, British Art 1915-50 - A Diarist's Perspective, Otter Gallery, Chichester, February-April 2016
  • Alberto Giacometti, A Line Through Time, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, April-August 2016
  • Kenneth Armitage 1916-2002, Centenary Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, September-November 2016

Selected artists from the Ingram Collection[edit]


  1. ^ The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art (2009) Michael Regan; Peter Hall; Claire Bailey-Coombs; ISBN 978-0-9555166-1-0
  2. ^ Gleadell, Colin (23 January 2012). "Art Sales, Chris Ingram's passion for art". Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ Holledge, Richard (31 March 2012). "Collecting, Football meets fine art in winning combination". The Times.
  4. ^ Stephen Deuchar CBE, Director, The Art Fund.

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