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Family Festival: Sparklefest

Sparkle, shine and celebrate the start of the winter holidays with a light-themed family festival in celebration of Rembrandt’s Light. Enjoy a variety of activities, including light drawing workshops with Tine Bech Studio, candlelit storytelling, festive decoration making and much more!

  • Light drawing from Tine Bech Studio

    Light drawing from Tine Bech Studio


Light Drawings
Linbury Room
Join artist Tine Bech to learn how you can draw with light! Playing with movement, colour, light and photography, make your own light-filled family portrait inspired by Rembrandt’s paintings.

Sparkling Stories
Gallery 10
11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm
Snuggle up and enjoy wintery tales about sparkle, glitter, stars, moonbeams and more with our magical storyteller Debbie Guneratne.

Dazzling Decorations
Sackler Centre
Get in to the holiday spirit by making a festive decoration with artist Grace Holliday. Decorate your own bauble with shining ink patterns – the perfect way to bring a little sparkle in to your home this season!

Colour Your Imagination
Gallery 2
Join illustration students from Camberwell College of Arts to take part in an activity they’ve specially designed for you! Create a unique colourful collage inspired by Rembrandt’s Light.

Shadow Theatres
Gallery 4
Design and light a scene like Rembrandt in this shadow theatre workshop! Decide on the story you want to tell, and create your own mini dramatic scene, with artist Charlotte Cranidge.

Cut Out Cards
10am-5pm Gallery 11
Create a festive cut out card for family or friends with artist Nikki Gardham. Come up with your own cut out design to shine a light through, and cast a pattern over a special festive message.

Bright Baby
Gallery 12
Have a child under 3 years old with you? Drop in to Gallery 12 to explore our baby sensory play area inspired by Rembrandt’s paintings and use of light.

Event details

Start date
15 December 2019
Festival-only tickets are free for Under 18s; £8 adults; £7 senior citizens; £6 Friends and concessions. Festival + exhibition entry reflects our standard exhibition pricing.