Working in partnership with galleries, innovative spaces, new talent and marginalised artists to bring art to the widest possible audience.
Chris Ingram, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, began collecting in 2002, and within a decade, had created a substantial private collection of Modern British Art, which was being regularly requested for exhibitions and loans to both national and international galleries and museums. The calibre and breadth of the collection, together with its active lending policy, means that The Ingram Collection is now recognised as one of this country’s most significant, and publicly accessible, collections of Modern British Art. In recent years, The Ingram Collection has ventured into two new areas – supporting recently graduated and emerging artists, and exploring how access to art – making it as well as seeing it – can improve outcomes for disadvantaged groups.
The Ingram Collection now holds over 600 works of art across these three distinct collections – The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, Young Contemporary Talent, and Inside Out – all of which are available to borrow. We are committed to using our collections to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be inspired by art, no matter what their location or circumstances.
Works from The Ingram Collection are on medium-term loan to The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking, Chris Ingram’s home town. Four exhibitions each year are drawn exclusively from the collections, and art works are also rotated on display in the public galleries, increasing the opportunity for the public to see some of the finest examples of Modern British art. Much of The Lightbox’s learning and engagement programme is built around the collection, with unrivalled access to works across the collections for projects involving students, mental health service users, blind and partially sighted visitors and other community groups.
This relationship began in 2008 when Chris Ingram agreed to loan The Ingram Collection to a new gallery and museum planned for Woking. The Lightbox won the prestigious Art Fund Prize in its first year, and has achieved widespread acclaim as one of the most exciting cultural spaces in the South East.
To see our current exhibitions at The Lightbox click here.
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Ingram collection images
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