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Andy Morgan - 22nd May 2008

Friday 23 May, 2008

Woking's Lightbox gallery and museum wins ?100,000 arts prize. 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.
For more information please visit www.thelightbox.org.uk.

For further press information, contact Chris Baker, Communications Officer, The Lightbox, Tel: 01483 737810/ 07872 176270, Email: chris.baker@thelightbox.org.uk
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