Young Arts Update

June /July 2019

Centrepiece 2019

The exhibition this year was imaginative and vibrant, with various media including sculpture, mobiles and video inspired by Frink's 'Bird'. The children showed awareness of the threats to the natural world as well as their joy in it.

Some photographs can be seen in Gallery 4.


Woking College Exhibition 2019

The end-of-year exhibition was held at the Lightbox from June 27 to July 7. The Preview evening was attended by appreciative parents and friends who enjoyed a stunning cat-walk fashion show. Awards were presented  by College Principal Brett Freeman and Jan Rubin to individual students who had excelled in categories including Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Textiles. The award for Best in Show was given to Grace Burns for her outstanding portrait work. See Gallery 4 for photos.


January 2019

Centrepiece 2019

The piece of sculpture chosen for this year’s Centrepiece is by Elisabeth Frink entitled 'Bird' - a rather ominous looking one at that.

The Lightbox has invited eight schools to take part and this year the age range extends from Nursery up to Secondary level  for the first time. Let’s hope that the entry from Fullbrook will be the first of many from our Secondary schools.

July/September 2018

Centrepiece 2018

This year the piece of sculpture chosen by the Lightbox was a very modern piece by Sir Anthony Caro called ‘Redoubt’ (see image in Gallery 4).  This was a deliberate choice to let the children’s imagination run free and the results in the Art Fund Gallery show how exciting that can be.

Seven schools were chosen and their final pieces were inventive & unusual.

There are a number of examples in the Gallery four.

Woking College End of Year Show July 2018

This summer Woking College produced some very clever & original pieces of work highlighting the talents of the students working in all the various components of Art & Design. The Lightbox had a huge number of very proud parents enjoying the music together with a stunning fashion show.

We gave an award for Best in Show to Ashley Lambert for her intricate woven shapes. The Fine Arts certificate went to Annabel Hocking.

Three unusual sketches by Grace Burns drew my attention for the RBA annual competition as she has used a biro to sketch her father. They are also portrayed in the Gallery and we’re hoping they will catch the judge’s eye.

June/September 2017

Woking College Summer Exhibition

Celebrating its eighth year at The Lightbox, Woking College's Summer Art & Design Exhibition displayed work from students in all the Visual Arts categories. The Private View on Wednesday 28th June drew the largest number of guests since the Exhibition's inception with over 500 students, parents, past pupils, trustees of the Lightbox and VIP guests.

We gave the Best in Show Award to Nadia Asbridge and her work is displayed in the Gallery along with a photo of her receiving the award. 


Once again The Lightbox Art Fund Gallery is home to this exhibition showing off the talents of 6 local schools with ages ranging from 3 to 11 years. The sculpture by Jonathan Clarke is called “Feudalist” and the children’s interpretations are original & inventive.

It runs from 16th July until 3rd September so do pop along to see it.

There are examples of their work in the Gallery.

July/August 2016

Centrepiece Project 13 July-14 August at the Lightbox

The Centrepiece project, now in its fifth year, saw seven successful entries from local schools including three new to the scheme. All the pupils were enthused by 'Maquette for Winged Figure' by Lynn Chadwick, which truly fired their imagination.

The work on display has proved to be the most innovative and highly original yet seen, with a wide range of techniques and media, including video, sculpture and fine art.

The exhibition at the Lightbox has been very popular and has brought much praise from visitors. See some examples in Gallery Four.

July 2016

Woking College Exhibition 7-13 July at the Lightbox

The annual exhibition of A-level work by students at Woking Sixth Form College again displayed an impressive variety in a wide range of media. Katie Denham was awarded the MDFAS prize for Best in Show for her oustanding portfolio of work.

February/March 2016

RBA Competition

Woking Sixth Form College student Katie Denham’s portrait of her sister was selected for exhibition at LLoyd’s Registry Gallery and then the Mall Gallery.

You can see her work on our News page and in Gallery Four.

July/August 2015

Woking College Art Exhibition 1-12 July at the Lightbox

Woking College put on their end of term show at the Lightbox and it was a treat to see all the wonderful talent on show. All media from Fine Art, Applied Art, Photography, Textiles to DT were judged & the seven winners of each category were presented with a Certificate of Excellence. The Best in Show was awarded to Hannah Hopgood & she was given a cheque from our society. View some of the exhibits in Gallery four. 

Centrepiece project 'Maze Music' exhibition at the Lightbox 8 July-2 August.

The Centrepiece Greek mythology theme was highly successful this year in capturing the imagination of all the children who attended the workshops. The final exhibits ranged from video to soundscapes, clever maze puzzles, sculpture & a puppet theatre. View some of the exhibits in Gallery four. The inspiration for their efforts was the 'Maze Music' sculpture by Michael Ayrton (see image above).

Mayford DFAS were thanked by the Lightbox for our donation and we look forward to a new collaboration next year. The new sculpture for next year is a piece by Lyn Chadwick called 'Maquette for Winged Figure' (see the 'News' item).

December 2014

MDFAS are again supporting Centrepiece for 2015. For details of the project please see our News page.

July 2014

Darrell Evanes is a contemporary artist and there are now three of his sculptures in The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art. Darrell uses recycled metals to create his unique sculptures which include boats, planes, trains, birds, animals and human forms. Margaret is made of rusted iron and other found metal objects. For the third consecutive year, The Lightbox and Mayford DFAS have offered schools the opportunity to take part in the Centrepiece project. The seven participating schools have brought groups of students to The Lightbox where they have been able to see Margaret and other works on display, as well as having a creative session in which they have been able to experiment with ideas. Schools have then been asked to create an original art work inspired by Margaret. The work can be in any medium and could range from sculpture, painting, mosaic, quilting, animation, creating a storybook and anything in between. Their work can now be seen at the Lightbox in the Art Fund Prize Gallery until 13th August.

Mayford DFAS & Centrepiece – Easter 2013 Update on this year’s Centrepiece - ‘Beast X.’

This has been a rip-roaring success judging by the display and the enthusiastic response of children and parents alike. The Art Fund Gallery has been a-buzz with excited pupils proudly showing off their work to parents and families. Six schools in the Woking Learning Partnership sent in parties of children for a visit to The Lightbox. As the results clearly showed the visits were inspirational for creativity and communal activities. For many this was their first visit to a gallery which was an added bonus.

Young Arts Update for March 2013

"Centrepiece" This year our joint venture has links with the Elizabeth Frink Retrospective currently on show at the Lightbox. The sculpture chosen for inspiration is by Lynn Chadwick called “The Beast” (see image). Seven schools in the Woking Schools Learning Partnership have been asked to bring a group of children to the Lightbox to see the sculpture & experiment with ideas. Back at school they will then create a piece to be displayed in the Art Fund Gallery during the Easter holidays.

Young Arts Update for 2011/12

(See also News page) This year Mayford DFAS has collaborated with the Lightbox to create a 2 year project which will coincide with the Olympics. It is called “Centrepiece” which takes an item from the Ingram Collection & uses it with local schools to generate their own work. ‘Atalanta’ by Leon Underwood was felt to be a suitable Olympic theme for 2012. In October of this year six local schools sent representatives to an Inset Day at the Lightbox with an artist in residence, Jo Carter, demonstrating techniques & themes for projects . The staff returned to their schools to develop ideas leading to artwork which will be displayed in the Lightbox next July. As well as giving a grant for the in-service training at the Lightbox in 2011, Mayford DFAS will also support the Centrepiece project by contributing to the costs incurred by two local schools.

Young Arts in 2010

Mayford DFAS supported an art project at New Haw Junior School in 2010. They were joined by some children from the Meath School in Ottershaw. We gave a grant towards the funding of a ceramicist Sadie James to work with the children to produce an artwork based on the school’s new logo. In 2009 we funded a sculptor to work for 2 days with the pupils at St Lawrence School in Chobham. They produced a fine wooden bench carved with the school emblem of a bee which is placed in the school environmental area. In 2008 we provided funding for the design and completion of 2 mosaics to celebrate the opening of the newly combined Barnsbury Infant and Junior Schools.