Nativity, a moving image artwork by Martha Fiennes and showing at Holkham as part of its Christmas programme of events

Christmas at Holkham

Candlelight Experience with 'Nativity'

Candlelight experience with ‘Nativity’: a moving-image artwork by Martha Fiennes.

Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th, Monday 30th December
3pm-9pm, last entry 8pm

Holkham is delighted to present ‘Nativity’, a pioneering, moving image artwork by award-winning director and artist Martha Fiennes.

After walking through the magnificent state rooms adorned with opulent Christmas decorations and flickering candlelight, visitors have a rare chance to enter the beautiful Holkham Hall Chapel where they can sit and immerse themselves in this mesmeric and mystical artwork.

The concept of ‘Nativity’ is described by Martha Fiennes as ‘a first of its kind’.Inspired by many great Renaissance paintings which have portrayed this story, the artwork itself selects and generates imagery which unfolds seamlessly and continuously via randomising algorithms coded within the computer engine, or ‘AI’, which drives the work.

Sound and music to accompany are similarly selected from a superb and richly contemplative score, written for the work by composer Magnus Fiennes. The result is a mesmeric and highly immersive experience in which no two viewing experiences are ever the same.

Following previous exhibitions of the work, including during the Venice Biennale in 2017 and at The Hermitage Museum in 2018, this fascinating and unique piece is being showcased in East Anglia for the first time since its creation in 2011.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco, elderflower pressé and live music in the Marble Hall on arrival.

Tickets: Adult £35, Child (0-16 years incl) £17.50.Tickets are only available to book online - please click the button below.

Entry to the Hall is every 15 minutes. We suggest this event is suitable for ages 10 and over.