Banner: Alessandro Bonvicino, called Moretto (1498-1554), A woman's head with braided hair (detail), charcoal touched with white chalk, on Carta Azzurra © The Devonshire Collections. Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

Dear Lightbox Members,

You have been granted exclusive access to our Spring/Summer 2021 programme of Main and Upper Gallery exhibitions and associated events, ahead of general release. We strive to maintain an excellent and varied programme year-round, and this season is no exception.

Thank you for your support!

In the Main Gallery

Celebrating Michael Ayrton: A Centenary Exhibition
29 May - 8 August 2021

Michael Ayrton, Roman Window, 1950, Oil on canvas. Image of courtesy of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery © Estate of Michael Ayrton

This exhibition celebrates the centenary of artist and polymath Michael Ayrton (1921-75), a painter, sculptor, and draughtsman whose remarkable and wide-ranging talents make him a key, but underexplored, figure in post-war British art.

Ayrton was a hugely skilled painter whose work epitomises the mid-twentieth-century world of English music and literature, whose landscapes proclaim the beauties of the English countryside, and who was obsessed with the Greek myths of Icarus and Daedalus, the Minotaur, and Demeter and Kore.

The show will highlight how Ayrton used drawing and sculpture to bring greater conviction to his vision and will include major paintings as well as examples of his stage designs and book illustrations.

Associated Event

Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Tour of Michael Ayrton
Wed 14 July, 09.45am - 10.30am
£8 Lightbox Members • Book your place

Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth
21 August - 5 December 2021

Alessandro Bonvicino, called Moretto (1498-1554), A woman's head with braided hair, charcoal touched with white chalk, on Carta Azzurra © The Devonshire Collections. Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

Over 60 works of Old Master Drawings from the Devonshire Collections will feature as part of an exhibition partnership between Chatsworth, Museums Sheffield, and The Lightbox. Featuring works by da Vinci, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, and more, the exhibition is the largest display of drawings from the collection in over twenty years.

Amassed by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dukes of Devonshire, the Chatsworth collection of Old Master Drawings comprises around 1,800 works by some of the most important artists of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

Visitors to this exhibition will be able to view the selection of delicate drawings, which represents some of the highlights of The Devonshire Collections for the first time and exclusively, en masse.

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Associated Events

Venetian Renaissance Art with Ben Street
Thurs 17 June, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
£8 Lightbox Members • Book your place

Dürer and Italy
Thurs 1 July, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
£8 Lightbox Members • Book your place

Chatsworth’s Old Master Drawings: Collecting, Conservation and Display
Thurs 2 September, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
£8 Lightbox Members • Book your place

Lines of Beauty Fundraising Dinner with Tristram Hunt
Thurs 9 September, 7.00pm - 10.00pm
£65 Exhibition Circle Members • £85 Exhibition Circle Guests • Book your place

Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Tour of Lines of Beauty
Wed 15 September, 09.45am - 10.30am
£8 Lightbox Members • Book your place

In the Upper Gallery

Victoria Place Art Project: Open House
22 May - 20 June 2021

The Lightbox, 2019 © Sarah Evans

An exhibition of works by Woking-based amateur and professional artists who contributed to the Victoria Place Art Project: Open Call during lockdown 2020. Until presently the exhibition has been hosted virtually on The Lightbox website, but you will be able to explore in person a wide selection of works from the competition, including the winners: Emmeline Stanley, Mana Komatsu, Annie Lewry, William Butler, Layona Bungay, Francoise Davies, Barbara Nati, Dawn Conn, Charlie Tolley, and John Sherringham. Also featured will be those selected for display in the Hilton Hotel: Elaine Balmer, Nick Wotton, and Sarah Evans.

In partnership with Victoria Square Woking Ltd and #WeAreWoking, the project created an opportunity for the people of Woking to contribute towards the Victoria Place development, connecting the site with the town and its people

NightShaking with The Ingram Collection
10 July - 19 September 2021

Chantal Powell (b. 1977) Night Sea Journey, 2020 © Chantal Powell

NightShaking is a creative collaboration using The Ingram Collection and contributions from contemporary artists Dr Chantal Powell and Dean Melbourne. Objects made by Chantal and Dean will sit alongside works from The Ingram Collection as the artists explore the Dark Night of the Soul and the Night Sea Journey narrative.

Chantal and Dean’s ongoing collaborative project channels reflections on navigating these dark experiences – both chaotic and disorientating – and a journey that is necessary to achieve victory. The recurring motif of a dark experience is commonly found in stories, both old and new, and explored in modern psychological practices. Visitors to the exhibition may have been on this journey, where creation, discovery, and renewal emerge only after the darkness.

The Ingram Collection: Drawn
25 September 2021 – 9 January 2022

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891 - 1915) Cat about to Pounce, c. 1913, ink and brush © The Estate of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Image courtesy of The Ingram Collection

Drawing is the most universal form of mark-making, and The Ingram Collection contains a rich catalogue of examples in pencil, crayon, pastel, ink, and charcoal which make use of the medium.

From sculpture studies to figurative sketches, and finished works, the exhibition will spotlight the depth and quality of The Ingram Collection, and the strengths of Modern British and Contemporary drawing. Featuring David Bomberg, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Henry Moore, alongside Ingram Contemporary Talent artists including Emma Vidal, Justar Misdemeanor, and Marigold Plunkett.

Fundraising Events

Sculpture in the Vineyard

The Lightbox is once again delighted to invite you to an exclusive evening at the multi-gold award-winning High Clandon Vineyard, in the heart of the Surrey Hills, following the huge popularity of its 2019 event.

Showcasing over 150 works of art set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Surrey Hills, the evening includes an opportunity to sample the just-released The Endymion Cuvée 2015 Prestige vintage brut and witness a sabreur demonstration – the spectacular Napoleonic way of opening a champagne bottle using a sword.

Thurs 22 July, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
£10 Adults • Book your place

Bonhams Valuation Event

We are delighted to be partnering with world-renowned Bonhams International Auction House this year to bring you this very special valuation event. Specialists with expertise in a number of categories including fine art, antiques, jewellery, watches, and more will be on hand to give Lightbox members and visitors free, no-obligation auction estimates for items with an anticipated value in excess of £1,000. Should you decide to consign, items can be left with the Bonhams team for inclusion in a forthcoming auction.

15-minute appointment slots will be made during the summer, so please save the date for this event. If you are unsure if your item(s) are valued at over £1000 or if they are unable to be transported easily, we will ask you to leave your details with us and a Bonhams representative will get in touch to discuss your item.

Sat 2 October 2021, 10.30am – 4.30pm
£5 Suggested Donation • All donations go towards the Art and Wellbeing programme