The Lightbox is currently involved in a range of exciting community projects.  Many of these are part of the Our Museum initiative, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Here are some of the projects that we are working on with our community partners:

Lakers Words

Lakers Youth Centre has collaborated with the Lightbox on several community projects. This time artist Nicole Line worked with the members at Lakers over a period of 6 months creating representations the words Equality, Education, Participation and Empowerment. These four words are important to the Lakers team as they are the four cornerstones of youth work and the team wants to be able to share them within the local community. 

The project has enabled the Lakers team to participate in creative activities such as block printing, screen printing, mono printing, stencil making and collage. The community project allowed the members to experiment with a range of artistic techniques which brought people together through craft and created a real buzz in the Centre. 

This work will be on display at The Lightbox from 18 February 2016 outside the Education Studio. The work will then travel back to the Centre where their artwork will be on permanent display.

Woking Arts Hub

An organisation set up with the help of The Lightbox, offering support, advice and networking opportunities to local people working in all branches of the arts in the Borough.

Visit the Woking Arts Hub Website

'Muslim Voices: Songs of Faith and Devotion' exhibition

Muslim heritage is an important part of the history of Woking and the Surrey town was the first in the country to have a purpose built mosque, the stunning Shah Jehan Mosque. With this in mind, it seemed only natural forus to collaborate with members of the local Muslim community and create an exhibition which celebrates the beauty of Sufi poetry. The exhibition was shown in the Art Fund Prize Gallery from 4 February 2015 - 15 March 2015.

Find out more and see the videos from the installation

'The Ingram Collection: Skyscapes' exhibition

Six local organisations of adults with learning difficulties collaborated with artist Tozzy Bridger to produce prints and sculptures, responding to works in the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, exhibited in The Lightbox in the spring of 2014. Fundraising training has also been provided for the organisations that we worked with to enable them to raise their own funds to partake in projects (including arts projects) of their choosing.

Stitching your Memories

Centre users at the Moorcroft Centre for the Community worked with knitting/fabric artist Kath Hitchings to ragrug/sew/crochet their way to an artwork taking their memories as the starting point. The extraordinary result was on display outside the Education Studio.

Find out more

Young Curators

This project is for 13 – 19 year olds who are interested in art and how museums and galleries work. It is a great opportunity for young people to go behind the scenes at an art gallery, have their work displayed and is a great way of getting an Arts Award and looks good on CVs and personal statements - it is also a lot of fun!

Past projects have included creating animation which was shown alongside the exhibition 'The Horse at War: 1914 - 1918', curating 'The Ingram Collection: Planes, Trains and Automobiles', working with artist Stuart Simler to create some exciting and original art work that was shown alongside the 'Warhol and the World of Pop Art' exhibition. Currently, our Young Curators have work on show as part of the exhibition 'Quentin Blake: Inside Stories' and the 'Selfies' project on show as part of the exhibition 'Bodies! The Ingram Collection'.

Some of our Young Curators took part in the 'How I See It' film project with Kids in Museums. The film aims to tell museums how teenagers view them. Take a look at their video on the link below.

Find out more about the How I See It film project

Open Mind

Open Mind is a series of free monthly, artist led creative sessions for adults affected by emotional and mental health issues. Session participants are directly referred to us from our community partners such as Woking MIND and CornerHouse.

Find out more about Open Mind sessions

Art in Mind

Art in Mind is a programme of monthly art workshops for people living with dementia and their carers or supporters. Sessions are led by an artist and works from The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art are used to inspire both conversation and creativity. Creative activities have been shown to keep people with dementia active for longer and provide a welcome joint activity for the carer and their loved one. For more information please email [email protected] or phone 01483 737815.

Find out more about the next Art in Mind Sessions

Art and Craft 4 Wellbeing 

A team of volunteers offer a variety of art and craft activities to patients at Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, providing a welcome distraction and an opportunity to be creative.   

York Road Project Workshops

The York Road Project has 25 beds in total and a Day Centre, their aim is to support people who are marginalised in our community and in particular, people in Woking. The project with The Lightbox hopes to raise awareness of the York Road Project and homelessness in Woking.

Cath Stamper, Chief Executive of York Road Project has commented “The clients who attended gained so much including increased self-esteem and pride as well as feeling included in their community.”

We have collaborated on several art projects which have culminated in displays at The Lightbox. In a recent project a film was developed with clients from York Road Project which explores what it is like to be homeless in Woking. 


Since 2010, local schools have had the opportunity to take part in the Centrepiece project. Working with The Lightbox and Mayford DFAS, students have had unique access to sculptures from The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art and used them as inspiration for their own art work.

To register an interest in Centrepiece 2016, please email: [email protected] or phone 01483 737812

Find out more about the Centrepiece Project

Would you like to collaborate with The Lightbox?

If you are interested in collaborating on an arts project with The Lightbox, please contact Heather Thomas, Learning and Engagement Manager at [email protected]