EVERYTHING from the classic art of Renoir and the humble make-up compact to the glamour of Hollywood will be on offer for free in Woking during 2014.
The town’s Lightbox gallery has lined up a series of world-class exhibitions – end entry to all of them is free.
Renoir In Britain will open on February 8 and will, for the first time, bring together some of the most distinctive works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 to 1919) held in major public collections in Britain.
The exhibition will also tell the story of how some of Renoir’s most significant works came to this country and, through the benevolence of their owners, found their way into public museums and galleries.
Taking a chronological path through nearly 50 years of Renoir’s work, the exhibition will include painting, sculpture and works on paper.
From March 22, the glamour of Hollywood will come to Woking courtesy of the Getty Archive. This exhibition will feature photographic portraits of some of the most iconic stars of the silver screen – like Joan Collins – taken between 1930 and 1950, an era now regarded as the classic period of Hollywood stills photography.
It will also include a number of unique, informal behind-the-scenes portraits of stars, taken far from the film set and away from the glare of publicity.
The photographs within the exhibition are taken from the renowned John Kobal Collection, now administered by Getty Images.
Other upcoming exhibitions include Sky Light (May 10 to July 3), in which the sky is represented in a huge variety of ways. There are skies both dazzling and sombre in major paintings from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, also intriguing prints inspired by those works and produced by people with learning difficulties working with the print-maker Tozzy Bridger.
As part of the display, huge inflated clouds will dominate the centre of the gallery, floating in ever-changing light, the work of others with learning difficulties creating their art alongside installation artists Jono Retallick and Mary Branson.
The seventh annual Woking College Art Exhibition will run from July 3 to 13, and the Giant Electronic Art Show will take the gallery over from July 19 until September 7 and will feature digital and interactive works.
The humble make-up tool – the compact – will take centre stage for Glamour On The Go (July 26 to September 28). Organised in partnership with the British Compact Collectors’ Society, this exhibition tells the fascinating story of the history of this essential aid to women’s make-up and female glamour, from its origins in the 18th century to its continued use today.
It will take visitors on a journey through social history and the world of beauty, from jewel-encrusted compacts produced for the aristocracy, to copies made in cheaper materials as part of the mass-market 20th century revolution in women’s make-up.
The Surrey Open Art Exhibition will run from September 20 until October 26, before war dominates the end of the exhibition year.
Impact Of War will be open from October 15 and Horses at the Front 1914 to 1918 will open on November 11.
In the meantime, The Lightbox is currently hosting Alien Invasion (until January 19) and Animals In Art (until March 16).