The Lightbox

ART has the power to make you feel good, and those benefits are available in the centre of Woking at the Lightbox.

The award-winning museum and gallery is launching a new focus on mental wellbeing, for participants in its many specialised workshops, as well as casual and regular visitors.

A session at an Art in Mind workshop

Residents of Woking and beyond are also being offered a new category of annual membership, where they can bring along a guest for the regular and special exhibitions.

The new focus, in a three to five-year plan, begins this week to coincide with the autumn/winter exhibition Scottish Colourists, which opened on Saturday (7 September).

Cordelia Wren, the Lightbox’s development manager, said the gallery and museum had long been involved in community activities with Art in Mind, a specialist workshop for people with early onset dementia starting in 2012.

Cordelia said there were other outreach programmes, such as Art and Craft for Wellbeing, which was run for Woking hospice.

Day passes will cost £7.50 with an option to add a £1 donation. Individual membership will be £30 with £40 for the “plus one guest” option. Joint membership is £50 with £60 for the “plus” option. This means that two joint members can each bring along a separate guest for £2.50 a month each.

There is a time-limited offer of a £5 discount on all membership categories.

The Lightbox is still free to enter with no cost for the downstairs and mezzanine exhibits. Lightbox Lates will also continue with free entry to all galleries on the last Thursday every month after 5.30pm.

For the full story get the 5 September edition of the News & Mail

The annual exhibition Centrepiece returns to Woking’s Lightbox Gallery this week, featuring original works of art by students from eight local schools.

This year they have taken inspiration from the sculpture, Bird, by Dame Elisabeth Frink, a modern sculpture piece from The Ingram Collection.

Since 2011, The Lightbox has worked with local schools on the Centrepiece project, resulting in a show that presents the students’ work. The free exhibition will be on display until 1 September 2019.

The Bird in The Ingram Collection

Frink (1930-1993) was one of Britain’s leading 20th century sculptors who had a huge interest in sculpting animals. The Bird in The Ingram Collection is a development from her early birds series.

Students from Fullbrook School, Peter Pan Nursery and Forest School, The Marist Catholic Primary School, The Grange Community Infant School, St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Beaufort Primary School, Kingfield Primary School and Broadmere Primary Academy have all been working to create original works of art inspired by Bird.

MORE than 500 visitors enjoyed the recent private view of Woking College’s Summer Exhibition at The Lightbox.

Parents, current, past and prospective students, governors of the college and trustees of The Lightbox were all in attendance to celebrate the 12th year of students’ work from the visual arts categories – including fine art, CTEC art and design, photography and textiles – being on display.

Iona Periton and her textile display

Highlights of this year’s show, which was open to the public free of charge from 27 June to 7 July, included a catwalk fashion show featuring and modelled by students studying textiles at the college and was greeted with a standing ovation and much cheers and applause.

Art Prizes for outstanding work and achievement were presented by Principal of Woking College, Brett Freeman and Jan Rubin from Mayford Arts Society.

“Our student’s engagement with their subject, hard work and determination to succeed is clearly evident in the outstanding work they have produced,” said Emma Hobbs, the college’s head of art and design.

“Huge thanks to both the students themselves and to my team for all of their hard work throughout the year and in making this year’s exhibition so successful. I am exceptionally proud of the effort and achievement of our students. It has been a joy to watch them develop as accomplished young artists and designers.”

For the full story get the 11 July edition of the News & Mail

WITH demand for support from disadvantaged people still growing, Woking Foodbank has run out of several popular items.

It particularly needs donations of UHT milk, canned fruit, jars of pasta sauce, long-life fruit juice, crisps and long-life snacks for lunchboxes, washing detergent and long-life sponge puddings.

Volunteers at Woking Foodbank sorting through much needed supplies

Babies’ nappies in sizes 3 and 4 – which are asked for most – are also urgently needed.

A spokesman for the centre said: “We have been getting busier and busier with families and others needing food and the other essentials we supply.

“We had plenty of supplies after last year’s harvest festival and at the beginning of the year, but donations fall off at this time of year.”

Donations can be delivered to The Lightbox on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The Waitrose stores at Goldsworth Park and West Byfleet, Asda at Sheerwater, Tesco at Brooklands and Sainsbury’s at Knaphill also accept donations.

For the full story get the 2 May edition of the News & Mail