At The Lightbox, we strive to embody the philosophy that art has the power to make you feel good. A new vision exploring art and its ability to promote wellbeing is coming to the forefront, and our organisation has introduced a new social purpose – to improve the quality of life of its community and provide arts and heritage services to those that would not otherwise be able to access them.

The diverse cultural programme, including exhibitions, local heritage displays, talks and tours, social events and arts and crafts workshops, contributes towards raising funds to support our community initiative, the Art and Wellbeing programme. This programme provides opportunities for those that would otherwise not be able to access and enjoy arts and heritage services to take part in creative and therapeutic workshops. The programme includes community workshops for those living with dementia and their carers, those affected by mental health issues, those in local care homes and hospices and clients of the nearby York Road Project homeless shelter.

We are generously supported by Woking Borough Council, which contributes towards 40% of the building’s core costs. However, to keep providing world-class exhibitions and creative activities for everybody, we need to raise a further £450,000 every year. That’s almost £40,000 every month!

To align with our new social purpose and help raise the funds we need, we have updated our Membership scheme, introducing a new and improved selection of benefits and membership options. For as little as the equivalent of £2.50 per month, Lightbox Members can enjoy unlimited free entry to all exhibitions throughout the year as well as discounts across the programme, all the while knowing that their membership is providing vital support to The Lightbox’s exhibitions, events, workshops and fundamentally, the Art and Wellbeing programme.