Discover Hockney at The Lightbox

from Saturday 25th January 2020
to Sunday 19th April 2020

Famed for his works across art, photography and cinema, Bradford-born artist David Hockey is considered one of Britain's most successful artists of the 20th century. An integral contributor to the era-defining pop art movement of the 1960s, his bold and surrealist approach to painting quickly earned him a reputation as one of the big players in the art world at the time. After graduating from the Royal College of Art and a short spell of teaching, Hockney relocated to LA, where he undertook a series of acrylic studies of swimming pools, resulting in the production of the famous Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures).

Throughout his career, Hockey enjoyed creating colourful life-size portraits of his friends and family, including over 300 self-portraits. His approach to creating art, in general, was fluid and unrestricted by medium, with a portfolio of work spanning across both traditional and modern mediums. From printmaking to designing costumes for theatre, Hockney’s work has inspired and shaped art and design throughout the world. From 25th January - 19th April, The Lightbox will host the exhibition David Hockney: Ways of Working, which explores a diverse range of Hockney’s iconic works, spanning 6 decades.

To accompany the exhibition, The Lightbox is also hosting a number of related events and workshops throughout the duration of the exhibition. This includes events like The Queen’s Window, a discussion on the commissioning, design, production and installation of David Hockney’s first stained glass window, and Ways of Working - the behind-the-scenes tour of the collection. For the little ones, The Lightbox is also hosting Hockney Week during half term in February. Hockney Week will feature a series of art and craft workshops for children, inspired by the works and techniques the artist used throughout his career. Kids can enjoy:

  • Heat Press Printing Workshop
  • 3D Landscapes for 5 to 7-year-olds
  • Cup Weaving
  • Tablet Art
  • Big Art Landscape Project


The workshops are open to a variety of ages and abilities. Tickets are now available on The Lightbox website. Make sure you book in advance to avoid missing out!


David Hockney, 'Portrait of Sir David Webster' 1971, Acrylic on canvas 57 x 72'' © David Hockney. Photo Credit Richard Schmidt.


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