Dear Lightbox Members,

Check out the events, exhibitions, and workshops you have been granted exclusive access to as a pert of our Autumn/Winter 2022/2023 programme of Main and Upper Gallery exhibitions and associated events, ahead of general release. We at the Lightbox strive to maintain an excellent and eclectic programme year-round, and this season is no exception. Download a programme here or pop into The Lightbox on Friday 2 September to pick up a printed what's on. 

We thank you for your ongoing support!

In the Main Gallery 

Somaya Critchlow (b. 1993), Untitled, 2022 Oil on linen, 15 x 10 cm 
© Somaya Critchlow. Image courtesy 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

Winter Craft Fair © The Lightbox  

Sat 26 November, 10.30am – 5.00pm

Sun 27 November, 10.30am – 4.00pm

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 exhibition by purchasing a Day Pass. Full exhibition details here

Winter Wreath making workshop

£45 Adults  £40 Lightbox members (Choose a session below for more details)

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 

Art Talks © The Lightbox 

Art History Talks at The Lightbox

Frida Kahlo

Sat 11 March 10.30am - 12.30pm
Price per session: £15 Adults £12 Lightbox Members/Students

The Self Portrait and what it tells us

Sat 4 March 10.30am - 12.30pm
Price per session: £15 Adults £12 Lightbox Members/Students 

The Pre-Raphaelite Sister

Sat 18 March 10.30am - 12.30pm
Price per session: £15 Adults ● £12 Lightbox Members/Students

The British Realists (1920 & 1930s)

Sat 25 March 10.30am - 12.30pm
Price per session: £15 Adults  £12 Lightbox Members/Students

Melissa McGill © Peter Flessig

In this online talk Melissa McGill will discuss her highly acclaimed Venice-based collaborative public art project Red Regatta, 2019, her personal connection with Venice and its citizens, the city’s challenges with climate change and will offer her artistic reflections on what she and Canaletto share in their visions of the City of Water.

Melissa McGill is a New York based interdisciplinary artist known for ambitious, collaborative, site specific public art projects. At the heart of her work is a focus on community, meaningful shared experiences, and lasting impact. Melissa has presented both independent public art projects and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Sarah Brown is Director of The Lightbox, and until December 2021 she led Leeds Art Gallery. She was responsible for the capital refurbishment and relaunching of the gallery in 2017 and is a founding member of Yorkshire Sculpture International. With over 20 years of experience Sarah has curated significant exhibitions, commissioned new work and has brought together major acquisitions for museum collections. 

Wed 19 October, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
£10 Adults ● £8 Lightbox Members

Adult Workshops © The Lightbox

Adult Workshops at The Lightbox

Christmas Decoration Sculpting Workshop

Sat 10 December, 10.30am - 4.00pm 
£60 adults  £54 Lightbox members

Portrait Inspired Painting Workshop

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