A very warm welcome everyone to our Autumn and Winter programme, we are delighted to share this exciting line-up of exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops and special events with you. Find out more about our seasonal highlights below or download a programme here 


In the Main Gallery 

Somaya Critchlow, Untitled, 2022, Oil on linen, Pallant House Gallery, presented by Brett Frankle through Maximillian William, London, (2022), © Somaya Critchlow. Image courtesy of the artist and Maximillian William, London. Photography: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Lucian Freud (1922-2011), The Painters Mother IV, 1973, oil on canvas © Tate © The Lucian Freud Archive/Bridgeman Images

Keith Critchlow (1933-2020), Head, 1961, Oil on board, 35 x 29 cm
© Keith Critchlow. Image courtesy the estate of Keith Critchlow and Maximillian William, London. Photography: Shen Tan

Lucian Freud and The Soul as Sphere Artist’s Perspective: Somaya Critchlow

26 November 2022 – 19 March 2023

In celebration of Lucian Freud’s centennial year, Somaya Critchlow – an artist whose work explores the ever-shifting boundaries that define how and what we see, with a particular interest in the historical canon of painting, drawing and printmaking – curates an exhibition that brings together artworks that explore aspects of the human condition, depicted figuratively and abstractly. Through this exhibition Somaya Critchlow presents a highly personal observation of interconnection between the artists exhibited, weaving together perspectives on light, shape, and form and the personal through relationship and subject. Delve into works created over sixty years by Lucian Freud alongside early paintings of Professor Keith Critchlow, who studied under David Bomberg with Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach, beside pre and post war European works of Käthe Kollowitz, Frank Bowling and Somaya Critchlow that span from the early 1900s until now.

£9.50 Day Pass ● Lightbox Members and Under 21s Free

Exhibition supported by   

Associated Events

Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Tour Lucian Freud and The Soul as Sphere 8 February

£10 Adults ● £8 Lightbox Members

Thurs 23 February 2023, 7.00pm – 8.00pm. Doors 6.30pm 
£10 Adults ● £8 Lightbox Members

In the Upper Gallery

John Tunnard (1900-1971), Holiday, 1947, Lithograph, Image courtesy of The Ingram Collection, © The Estate of John Tunnard. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2022

The Ingram Collection: Revisiting Modern British Art

15 October – 8 January 2023

‘Revisiting Modern British Art’ is a major new book on this ever popular period of British art, published in association with The Ingram Collection and edited by Jo Baring. Presenting new perspectives on established narratives, subjects range from British surrealism and the rise of corporate and public patronage, to nationality and British identity. To celebrate the publication of ‘Revisiting Modern British Art’, this exhibition showcases a selection of modern British and contemporary artworks drawn from The Ingram Collection. Featuring works by artists discussed in the book such as Edward Burra and Graham Sutherland, it reveals the influence of modern British art on contemporary artistic practice today through the display of a monumental sculpture by artist Olivia Bax, who worked as a studio assistant to sculptor Anthony Caro earlier in her career.

Associated Events

Back to the Future: Modern British Art Revisited - Natalie Rudd

Thurs 8 December, 7.00pm - 8.00pm

£10 Adults ● £8 Lightbox Members

7 Laws of Universe by Nagihan Seymour © The Artist

Nagihan Seymour: The Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio, also known as Pi, is a special number which can be seen across the universe from living systems to inanimate objects and from the micro to the macroscale. Through the Golden Ratio, Nagihan Seymour brings nature and the natural world to life in her designs and creates compositions that are organic, balanced, and visually pleasing. Nagihan Seymour is a British Turkish artist specialising in Tezhip, the art of illumination and sacred geometry. Originally a materials engineer, she has practiced this art since University. After her first solo exhibition at The Lightbox in 2017, she became a full time artist, painting and also creating ceramics from her studio in Egham, Surrey.

14 January – 2 April 2023
£9.50 Day Pass ● Lightbox Members and Under 21s Free

Associated Events

Fri 27 January, 1:00pm - 2.00pm

£10 Adults ● £8 Lightbox Members 

Iznik Tile Painting Workshop

Sat 18 March, 10.30am - 1.30pm

£40 Adults  £35 Lightbox members

Halloween Half Term 

This October Half-Term, be sure to celebrate Halloween in style with these spooky events!

Philip Hutchinson © Ant Davey 

Spooky Special

Join us and local ‘Ghost-pert’ Philip Hutchinson as he brings Woking and the surrounding areas ghouls to ‘life’. If you are ready to laugh until you scream we invite you to join. It’s a horrible way to spend an evening – with a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink included.

 Thurs 27 October, 6.00pm - 8.00pm 
£10 Adults  £8 Lightbox Members

Pumpkin Carving for Adults

Come and join us on our special Halloween themed Thursday Late to carve your own artistically styled pumpkin and don’t forget to bring a container for your pumpkin flesh to take home to cook. Choose from a range of designs or create your own. Pumpkins and tools are provided. 

Thursday, 27 October 2022, 19:00-19:45
£10 per adult 

Spooky Bug Boxes (5-7yrs)

Join us to create your own Halloween themed Spooky bug box with us using an array of materials.

Tues 25 October, 10.30am - 12.30pm 
£9.50 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Modroc Monster Sculpture (8-11yrs)

Making sculpture is about working with materials and processes. In this Halloween inspired workshop you will create your own Modroc Monster sculpture. Please dress for a very messy workshop and don’t forget to bring a box to take your work home in.

Tues 25 October, 1.30pm - 3.00pm 
£9.50 per child 

Kids Workshop © The Lightbox 

Wicked Webs

Come and create your own wicked webs, to hang up for your spooky celebrations this week.

Wed 26 October, drop in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Free entry  Suggested Donation £3

Slime Making Workshop

Join us in one of the pre-bookable slots to make your own colourful slime in this sensory experience for ages 5 and up.

20 minute timeslots Thursday 27 Oct, 3.30pm, 3.50pm, and 4.10pm (5 year olds +) 
£3 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Pumpkin Carving for Families

Come and join us on our special Halloween themed Lightbox Lates to carve your own pumpkin and don’t forget to bring a container for your pumpkin flesh to take home to cook. Choose from a range of designs or create your own. Pumpkins and tools are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult because of the equipment used. There is another session at 7.00pm for adults. 

6.00pm – 6.45pm (8 year olds +)
£7 Adult and one child. £4 Add-on ticket

Winter Craft Season 

Check out the chestnuts roasting on an open fire, cork reindeer, and all the Christmas crafts you could want at out Winter Craft Fair!

Winter Craft Fair © The Lightbox  

Winter Craft Fair

Our popular free Craft Fair returns with a wide array of unique products from local designers, crafter, painters and producers. Browse for gifts for loved ones or you may be tempted to treat yourself. The Café will be serving tasty seasonal treats and there will be festive music throughout the day. To complete your visit, explore the newly opened Lucian Freud The Soul as Sphere Artist's Perspective: Somaya Critchlow exhibition by purchasing a Day Pass. Full exhibition details here

Sat 26 November and Sun 27 November, 10.30am – 5.00pm
Free Entry Suggested Donation £3

Winter Wreath Making Workshops

Join Dawn from Poppies and Peonies for a fun and festive Wreath Workshop during our annual craft fair. A wreath ring prepared with moss and covered in foliage will be ready for decoration with a range of seasonal foliage, herbs and decorations will be provided to create your bespoke door piece. Do feel free to bring your own decorations too! 

Mince pies and Lightbox Mimosa included in price. This event is for 16 years and over. 

Sat 26 November, 11.00am - 12.30pm
Sat 26 November, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Sun 27 November, 11.00am - 12.30pm 
Sun 27 November, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
£45 Adults  £40 members

Cork Reindeers

Santa’s reindeer are coming to town in this creative drop-in for all the family.  

Wed 21 Decemberdrop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Free entry  Suggested Donation £3

Portraiture February Half Term 

Discover the intricacies of the human form in out February Half Term Portraiture Season!

Portrait Inspired Painting Workshop

Be inspired by our exhibition in this half day portrait painting workshop taught by artist Robin-Lee Hall. We will tour the exhibition and look at his colour palette and methods of paint application. Working from references from the exhibition, participants will then develop a small painting in oils. Suitable for those with some experience of portrait painting and working in oils. All materials are provided.

Robin-Lee Hall is Past President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and winner of the Ondaatje Portrait Prize. She has exhibited widely in London including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the National Portrait Gallery. She also delivers workshops at the Royal Academy and the National Gallery.

Sat 18 February, 10.30am - 1.30pm
£40 Adults  £35 Lightbox members

3D Self Portraits Workshop (5-7yrs)

Get creative and layer up cardboard and other materials to make your own self portrait sculpture inspired by our Freud exhibition.

Tues 14 February, 1.30pm – 3.00pm (5 – 7 year olds)
£9.50 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Hand Casting and Drawing Workshop (8-11yrs)

During this workshop, you’ll learn how to draw hands and then all the techniques to create a cast mould of your hand for you to take home. The mould created during the session is only suitable for single use, you will not be able to take it home to do multiple casts. 

Thurs 16 February, 1.30pm – 3.30pm (8 - 11 year olds)
£12 per child 

Download a full PDF of our programme HERE