The Lightbox

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The Lightbox
The Lightbox

The Lightbox is a public gallery and museum located in Woking, Surrey, in the South East of England. Three galleries host a range of exhibitions, changing regularly and it has a free museum of local history - 'Woking's Story'. It was opened on 14 September 2007.


Located in the centre of Woking on the banks of the Basingstoke Canal, The Lightbox was built to provide arts and heritage services to the local region and beyond.The project began in 1993 when a group of local volunteers decided to try and establish a cultural centre in the Woking area.[1][2] Following a fundraising campaign the contemporary building was designed by Marks Barfield Architects who also designed the London Eye and it opened in September 2007.

In 2008 it won the Art Fund Prize Museum of the Year award, and in 2016 it was awarded a Green Tourism silver award.[3] The Lightbox holds charitable status and is part-funded by Woking Borough Council, and it has received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council.

The Lightbox hosts around 20 temporary exhibitions per year, the majority of which are devised in-house.


Main Gallery exhibition
Main Gallery exhibition

General admission is free. To visit Main and Upper Gallery exhibitions requires the purchase of a £5 Annual Pass and under 18s go free.


Past exhibitions at The Lightbox have included collections of work by Elizabeth Frink, Gertrude Jekyll, Auguste Renoir, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and John Constable.


  1. ^ "The Lightbox in Woking wins Prime Minister’s Big Society Award - News stories - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Could the Lightbox be the last of its kind?". Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Art Sales: Chris Ingram's passion for art". Retrieved 2015-11-30. 

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Coordinates: 51°19′18″N 0°33′32″W / 51.3216°N 0.5589°W / 51.3216; -0.5589