It's the start of another year and the inevitable post-Christmas lull. Sometimes, all it takes to overcome that blue feeling of January is to find a new creative interest. At The Lightbox, we think of this time as an opportunity to improve your overall wellbeing by discovering the positive health benefits that art and culture can provide.

We have always believed 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 displaystalks and tours, social events and arts and crafts workshops.

Beat the winter blues by booking onto one of the activities below:

Workshops for All Ages

From heat press printing to marbling paper or drawing for adults, discover your creative side or broaden existing skills in a range of artist-led workshops and craft sessions.

Book a workshop

The Young Creatives programme is open to 11-16 year olds and gives young people the chance to explore art in various forms whilst meeting peers and creative professionals. Throughout January, Young Creatives will be working with artist Jo Sapia to create original screen prints inspired by David Hockney.

Book your spot

Whether you are looking for children's creative workshops over February half term, painting and storytelling for under 5s or would like to get hands-on during our Studio Sunday sessions, we have something to keep the entire family entertained during the cold winter months. 

Discover all family workshops

Art History Talks

The Lightbox hosts a series of lunchtime and evening talks on a wide range of subjects.

Get an insight into one of the most influential British artists of the 21st century with Dr Chris Stephens, Director of The Holburne Museum, by joining Curator's Talk: David Hockney. If you're passionate about landscapes and the natural world, art historian Ben Street explores Hockney's landscapes across the sweep of his career. Later, Dr Susan Jenkins discusses design, production and installation of David Hockney’s first stained glass window commission at Westminster Abbey.

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Lightbox Lates

The Lightbox is open late on the last Thursday of the month, with free entry to all galleries from 5.00pm - 8.30pm (usually £7.50 Day Pass). Refresh after work with a drink and some dinner at Seasons Café, before heading up to the galleries to discover world-renowned art from contemporary sculptures to iconic Modern British paintings.

With a range of weekly events, including Joke in the Box and the free Book Group, Café Scientifique, and Poetry Open Mic nights - there's plenty to get involved on a Thursday evening after work.

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Art and Wellbeing

Our Art and Wellbeing programme provides an opportunity to take part in creative workshops for those that would otherwise not be able to access arts and heritage services. The programme includes free family drop-insArt in Mind workshops for those living with dementia and their carers, creative sessions for adults affected by mental health issues and art outreach in local hospices and care homes. Find out more about how you can support us here.

And most importantly - have a very Happy New Year!