The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Woking's Lightbox Gallery and Museum Wins 100,000 Arts Prize
The Lightbox at night. Photo: Peter Cook.
LONDON.- A community based art gallery and museum in Woking, Surrey, has won the UK’s arts award, The Art Fund Prize 2008.

The £100,000 prize was awarded to The Lightbox gallery and museum during an awards ceremony at the headquarters of The Royal institute of British Architects in London last night (Thursday 22 May). The prize is awarded to the museum or gallery whose project has demonstrated the most originality, imagination and excellence in the last year.

Housed in a stunning new building designed by Marks Barfield Architects, The Lightbox opened in Woking last year. The project was initiated in 1993 by 70 local people who were determined to create a gallery and museum in the town. It has since grown in size and ambition, raising almost £7 million to complete the project. When the stunning new building opened in September 2007, their vision became a reality.

“We are over the moon,” said Marilyn Scott, Director of The Lightbox. “To have won such a prestigious award as The Art Fund Prize so soon after opening is beyond our wildest dreams. We would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard for The Lightbox over the last 15 years, from volunteers and staff to the architects, and the project team, our trustees, our sponsors and supporters.”

Members of the public had been invited to explain on The Art Fund Prize website why they think The Lightbox should win. Their comments have praised the inspirational nature of the project, the friendliness of staff and volunteers, the design of the building and the quality of the exhibitions and workshops. Many felt that since opening The Lightbox has already helped transform the cultural landscape of the Woking area, as well as people’s impressions of the town.
The Art Fund Prize judges were impressed by a visit to The Lightbox in February. Chairperson of the panel, the broadcaster Sue MacGregor said that she particularly enjoyed ‘Woking’s Story,’ the museum of the town’s history. She highlighted displays on the Shah Jehan Mosque, the first to be built in the UK, and Brookwood Cemetery, used as a London overflow in the 19th century.

“This award is a testament to the vision of a group of Woking residents who were determined to create a cultural centre for the arts and heritage in their town,” added Marilyn Scott. “Part of our mission has been to change the perceptions that Woking has nothing to offer and that it has no history. We believe that with the creation of The Lightbox both of these myths have been dispelled.”

A short list of four finalists was announced in April, after a judging panel whittled down competition from a long list of ten. The other short listed contestants were the Wellcome Collection in London, the Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick, Scotland and The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum in Bristol, for the slavery exhibition ‘Breaking the Chains.’




Today's News

May 24, 2008

Gallery That Houses Guernica at the Reina Sofia in Madrid to Get Complete Overhaul

Woking's Lightbox Gallery and Museum Wins 100,000 Arts Prize

Splendor in the Bass: The Portraits on View at The Bass Museum

Nothing is Lost, Nothing is Created, Everything is Transformed: The Quebec Triennial

Christie's Announces Sale of Jeff Koons' Ballon Flower at Post War and Contemporary Art Sale

Latin American Art From the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art at NY State Museum

Cornell Capa, Founder of International Center of Photography, Died at 90

The West - East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection Realises GBP2,906,275

Asia Society Presents Drawings by Iranian Satirist Ardeshir Mohassess in First US Retrospective

Landscapes: Real and Imagined Opens at The Nelson Atkins-Museum in Kansas City

Tate St. Ives is First Public Gallery to Present Selected Survey of Adam Chodzko

Burial of Patrick Ireland at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Hello! Fashion: Kansai Yamamoto, 1971 to 1973 at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz to Celebrate Brooklyn Bridge 125th Anniversary

Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape Opens at MASS MoCA

The Spirit is Quilling: Rolled-Paper Filigree at Brandywine River Museum

Calling a Bluff: Hendrick Ter Brugghen's The Gamblers at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Mystery over massive Alexander the Great-era tomb unearthed in northern Greece

2.- An ancient money box containing a large rare hoard of coins found in Israel

3.- Robin Williams' portrait installed today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

4.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announces three new contemporary exhibitions in fall

5.- New Aspen Art Museum designed by architect Shigeru Ban opens to the public

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art launches 82nd & Fifth app in 12 languages

7.- MoMA online-only publication features new research on Pablo Picasso and Cubism

8.- Volunteers needed for massive Smithsonian digitization project

9.- Tate Britain welcomes home John Everett Millais's Ophelia and Rossetti’s The Beloved

10.- Bogart estate: Hollywood golden age icon Lauren Bacall dead at 89 in New York

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site