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David Hockney: Ways of Working

The Lightbox
25 January – 19 April 2020

Spanning six decades of creative output, this exhibition takes an in-depth look at David Hockney’s ingenious exploration of a diverse range of media, from painting techniques, draughtsmanship and printmaking skills, to photography, designs for the stage and the embrace of digital technologies such as the iPad, Photoshop and inkjet processes.

David Hockney: Ways of Working (25 January – 19 April 2020) is the first show of its kind outside the capital for more than 20 years. Curated not only to celebrate the renowned artist, but also to delve deeper into the processes that lie behind his work, the exhibition will include photographs of Hockney seen working in his studio creating paintings, drawings, prints and photographic pieces, including several that relate to specific works on display in the exhibition. In addition, a 14-page letter that has never been seen before describes his work processes in the artist’s own words.

David Hockney is famous for his Californian swimming pools, Polaroid photo-collages, and figurative, landscape and abstract works, all of which are highlighted in the exhibition. One of the largest sections of the exhibition is devoted to David Hockney’s methods of printmaking, from etching techniques, lithography and silkscreen, to paper pulp and coloured photo-copies. Paintings include examples of Hockney working in oil, acrylic and emulsion paint on a variety of different surfaces, dating from the 1950s to more recent works. Also on display are drawings in watercolour, coloured chalks, pencil and ink, and – merging drawing and his fascination with new technologies – digital illustrations on the iPad.

Although best-known for his paintings and digital work, David Hockney has also won awards for his designs for the stage. Included in the exhibition are set designs from major operatic productions from Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, as well as a design from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, that have not previously been exhibited.

The artist’s highly-recognisable photographic “joiner” collages also feature in the exhibition, including a portrait of actress Theresa Russell, commissioned by cinematographer Nicolas Roeg, best-known for directing Performance (1970) and The Witches (1990), among other films. Hockney’s creation of “joiner” photo-collages was unintentional, initially used as a method of documentation pre-painting. Throughout the exhibition run, there will be a hands-on learning activity in the Main Gallery, enabling children and families to engage with the artwork. Also, as part of ‘Hockney Week’ in February half term, children are invited to contribute towards a large mosaic-style artwork, reflecting the artist’s processes.

David Hockney: Ways of Working will be on show at The Lightbox in Woking, Surrey, from 25 January – 19 April 2020. The exhibition will be accompanied by a selection of engaging talks, tours and creative workshops. For further information please visit

Annual Architecture Lecture

The Guildford Society has released tickets for its free Annual Architecture Lecture hosted and supported by The University of Surrey and sponsored by Martin Grant Homes. This year’s Lecture will take place on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 19.00 in the Rik Medlik Building on the University’s Stag Hill campus. The Society is pleased to welcome two speakers, architect James Burland and Amy Hazlehurst from VU.CITY.

Reflecting on the theme of this year’s lecture, Guildford Society Chair Alistair Smith said, “Guildford like so many of our towns is facing a variety of Environmental, Transport Housing and Heritage issues. Managing our built environment so that it effectively meets our needs is a challenge. Having a planning process that engages with the public is critical. Planners, Developers and Architects have often presented options for development that the public feel they have been inadequately consulted upon or find it difficult to understand how it will affect them.

This lecture will explore how a better dialogue and engagement can be created between the public and those who manage our built environment and surrounding countryside on our behalf. We will also explore the role technology can play in allowing proposed developments to be visualised and tested with a wide audience”

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