The Lightbox

THE artistic skill of emerging artists will go on display when the Young Contemporary Talent exhibition opens at The Lightbox gallery in Woking on Saturday.

The event is part of the annual series of solo shows by artists who have won The Ingram Collection’s Purchase Prize for Young Contemporary Talent, which has been running since 2016.

Several of the artists featured in recent years, such as Haroon Mirza, Suki Chan and Victoria Sin, have already gained international reputations. The prize is open to visual artists who are within five years of their graduation from a UK art school. It was set up to celebrate and support the work of artists at the outset of their careers.


Orange Scarf, oil on canvas, by Tomas Harker, is one of the paintings going on show at The Lightbox

Each year, one of the winners of the prize is given the opportunity to stage a solo show at the Lightbox and this 2019 exhibition will showcase new work from Tomas Harker, alongside pieces he chose from The Ingram Collection which will accompany his paintings on display.

After studying at Leeds Art University, Harker is currently undertaking an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art, London. His artistic practice explores the use of paint’s material qualities as a means of reinterpreting images, both classical and contemporary, drawing on the complex histories behind them.

Harker’s paintings are often ambiguous, leaving out information and sparsely reproducing details. “For this exhibition I wanted to create new associations, mirroring and juxtaposing the works from The Ingram Collection with my own while thinking about painting’s new found relevance in times where everything is at once accessible, but distant,” he says.

“Art becomes interesting for me when it stops affirming meaning or a certain position and instead raises questions.”

The exhibition, which runs from Saturday (30 November) until 5 January, will be accompanied by a “meet the artist” event on Wednesday 4 December. Jo Baring, director and curator of The Ingram Collection, will be in conversation with Tomas as he discusses his life and work to date. More information www.thelightbox.org.uk.

A SERIES of bright and colourful posters has been put up at Woking railway station as part of a campaign to promote wellbeing.

The Lightbox posters brightening up Woking railway station

The posters include inspirational and thought-provoking text and point commuters to the Art and Wellbeing programme at the Lightbox museum and art gallery, highlighting their philosophy that art has the power to make you feel good.

Marilyn Scott, the Lightbox director, said: “Many residents in Woking and surrounding areas are unaware of the extensive health and wellbeing and community support programmes we deliver at The Lightbox.

“We are extremely thankful to the South Western Railway Adopters Programme for this opportunity to shout about what we do to such a vast local audience and hope to see many new faces join us at The Lightbox in the coming months.”

For the full story get the 21 November edition of the News & Mail

PEOPLE from generations many years apart took part in the official launch of the 2019 Poppy Appeal in Surrey, which took place in Woking.

A D-Day veteran, Chelsea Pensioners and students from Woking College were involved in the ceremony at The Lightbox on Friday last week.

Chelsea Pension Geoff Douglas receives one of the first poppies from Michael More-Molyneux

The county’s Royal British Legion (RBL) branch chose the town for the launch of the annual appeal for the first time, with the museum and gallery hosting the event at the invitation of the borough council. Surrey’s fundraising target for this year’s appeal is £1.5m.

Surrey RBL’s president, Brigadier Paul Evans, opened the ceremony in the Main Gallery, which is hosting Burning Bright, an exhibition of the work of Scottish Colourists.

After prayers led by the Rev Bob Bennett, chaplain of the Last Post Association, Brig Evans read the Exhortation from the poem For the Fallen followed by a one-minute silence.

Ted Hylands, who was among the first Royal Marine Commandos to land at Gold Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, was one of the principal guests to receive a poppy.

D-Day veteran Ted Hylands, whose medals include the Légion d’honneur decoration, presented to him by France

Among those who received certificates of appreciation from Maj More-Molyneux were former Bisley, Knaphill and West End poppy appeal organiser Joyce Cadwallader and West Byfleet organiser Keith McConaghie.

Mrs Cadwallader was honoured for leading branch volunteers in raising around £150,000 for the appeal during her seven years in the post and Mr McConaghie for outstanding work and commitment.

The Poppy Appeal is celebrated in the regularly changing heritage display outside the Main Gallery at The Lightbox. It is currently exhibiting artefacts to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

The launch precedes the seventh annual Woking Poppy Day, which takes place on Saturday, recognising the service and sacrifice of past and present members of the Armed Forces.

Dame Penelope Keith with Brig Tom Bateman, commanding officer of 11 Infantry Brigade and the Army’s most-senior officer in the South East

The event in Jubilee Square opens at 10.15am with a performance by Horsell-based Tracey Summerscales Dance Academy.

After the performance there will be a parade to the war memorial in the square by veterans, cadets and Royal British Legion standard bearers, led by the British Airways Marching Band, followed by a programme of entertainment running until 3:30pm.

Collections for the Poppy Appeal will take place around Woking throughout the day.

Mr Kingsbury, a former mayor and leader of the borough council, added: “The unseen sacrifices our military personnel make on our behalf deserve to be recognised. Wear your poppy with pride and show your support for our Armed Forces community, past and present.

“Every donation received will make a real difference not only to the lives of service men and women and veterans, but to their families as well who can also experience difficulties dealing with the circumstances of a loved one who is serving.”

For more on the Poppy Appeal and Woking Poppy day event, get the 31 October edition of the News & Mail

GUY Fawkes Night and Halloween will feature in the half-term activities at Woking’s Lightbox gallery next week.

There will be a combination of drop-in family workshops and bookable activities on offer, starting with designing your own Halloween lanterns on Tuesday (29 October). Suitable for ages 5-7 years, this must be booked in advance.

GO WITH THE GLOW – Youngsters can design a Halloween lantern at The Lightbox next week

Wednesday (30 October) will have three activities on offer. Once Upon a Pillow Fight for ages 3+ is an interactive storytelling play, while Acrobalance for ages 7-11 will see the cast of Once Upon a Pillow Fight teach children and their adults new tricks. There’s also a free drop-in workshop making spooky spiders from recycled materials, anytime between 1.30-4pm.

On Halloween (Thursday 31 October), visitors can learn the basics of stop-frame animation through storyboarding in a full-day workshop.

You can end the week with a bang by making Firework Rockets or exploding Fizzy Rockets on Friday 1 November. Drop in anytime between 1.30-4pm.

For further details on activities, prices and booking, please visit thelightbox.org.uk or call 01483 737800

For more on this story, get the 24 October edition of the News & Mail

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