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The Ingram Collection
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The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, on loan to The Lightbox, consists of the Collection comprises almost 500 paintings and sculptures of which over 350 are by the most important artists of the Modern British era, amongst these Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Paolozzi. In addition to creating a unique local opportunity to see world-class Modern British art, The Ingram Collection loans to major exhibitions and galleries and has earned Chris Ingram deserved acclaim as “one of the most active and thoughtful collectors of Modern British Art today.” (Stephen Deuchar CBE, Director, The Art Fund).

The Ingram Collection features throughout The Lightbox’s exhibition programme with free thematic gallery exhibitions, also on show throughtout the year, on all floors of the building are displays from the collection and on the ground floor there is the Ingram Sculpture Gallery. Check out the 'exhibitions' section of the website to find out about upcoming exhibitions featuring works from The Ingram Collection.

'2D: 3D' - an exhibition in the Main Gallery in 2008

Chris Ingram, a media entrepreneur, developed a passion for art following a trip to The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia in the late 1960s. He began collecting in earnest in 2001 and has since built up a collection of over 400 artworks by Modern and Contemporary British artists, including a number of well known and sought after items, which span over 100 years from the 1900s to the present day. 

The Collection highlights new styles and techniques in painting and sculpture, employed by British artists in the 20th Century and includes work by Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi, Elisabeth Frink, Reg Butler, Eric Gill and Barbara Hepworth.

The Lightbox's education programme, built around the collection, enables visitors to be inspired by the works and provides mental health service users, students from Woking College, participants from The Lightbox’s Young Curators Project, and blind and partially sighted visitors’ unrivalled access to the collection. 

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Further information

Purchase a copy of the The Ingram Collection Catalogues

Volume I and II of The Ingram Collection Catalogue

These fully illustrated catalogues provide a comprehensive guide to the prestigious Ingram Collection.

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