A vibrant open programme of independent projects.
Relaunched in 2016, the Fringe sits alongside the Platform programme at the heart of the festival. Each year Deptford X extends an open call to artists, groups, curators and gallerists to contribute to the forthcoming festival through exhibitions, performances, screenings, open studios and other events. Supported and facilitated by Deptford X, the Fringe celebrates the strength and diversity of contemporary art practice, with a focus on the work of local artists.
For the first time we are introducing a special Fringe opening night on Thursday 21 September. From 6 — 9 you can get an exclusive first look at many of the Fringe projects, and meet many of the artists involved. See here for the projects opening for the exclusive Fringe event on 21 Sep. Head over to Buster Mantis after the Fringe openings wrap up for the unofficial afterparty!
This year Deptford X launched 12 mini-bursaries of £100 for Fringe projects. The aim was to make a small contribution to up-front costs so that more artists could get involved and/or be more ambitious about what they wanted to do. They were available to Fringe participants based in the boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark.
Click here to see our 2017 mini-bursary recipients.
The Deptford X Fringe began in 2001 as part of the festival’s second edition. The 2001 introductory text announced that the Fringe would be "unselected, open and at the centre of what we are trying to achieve". The Fringe continued on this basis in 2002-3 but then disappeared until 2010, when it resurfaced as a selected programme. It continued in this form until 2015, with the number of projects varying from 10 to 44. In 2016 it returned to its original, un-juried form and opened up to encompass all of Deptford X’s independent contributors.
You have to let people do what they want. Goodwill is created by offering opportunities to artists and destroyed by weeding out the 'not so hot' ones... My advice is to include everyone"
— Hijack Reality: Deptford X, A How To Guide To Organise a Really Top Notch Art Festival, by Bob & Roberta Smith (2008)
*We depend on Fringe project organisers for information about wheelchair accessibility and have displayed relevant info on each fringe page. We recommend that wherever possible you double-check with venues before you visit.
All Fringe projects are below, in alphabetical order. To see projects by day or type, please use the ‘festival programme’ page.