Deptford X Festival 2016

A new commissions platform arrived in 2016 as the central element of Deptford X's new core programme. Five emerging artists were selected from a shortlist of nominations by a panel of curators, critics and gallerists. Deptford X commissioned these five artists to produce a substantial new public work for the festival.


Joey Holder

Crypt at St Nicholas’ Church, Deptford Green, SE8 3BU

Joey Holder’s new film, Ophiux, imagines a near future in which human biology is computer programmed and technology is used to advance human evolution and increase life expectancy. Ophiux is the name of a speculative pharmaceutical company that samples and maps information from the furthest regions of the natural world, utilising it to generate new forms of life. Holder's digitised explorations of artificial and organic forms create a layered, hybrid world that remains elusive through its constant transformation.

Watch the trailer for Ophiux

Manuel Mathieu

Unit A, Norfolk House, 9 Brookmill Road, SE8 4HL

Mathieu was born in Haiti and is currently completing an MFA at Goldsmiths. He was nominated by curator Fatos Üstek. Manuel Mathieu’s paintings question the language of ‘the real’: his raw investigation manifests through layers lingering between the abstract and the figurative. With his work he is interested in a continuous flow of transformations and changeable environments that destabilise our perception of images and the self, and disrupt the possibility of the stable interpretation of contexts.

Berry Patten

Unit B, Norfolk House, 9 Brookmill Road, SE8 4HL

Berry Patten presents a new work, and through the roof we hit the ceiling, as a site-specific response to Deptford X Gallery, which occupies the ground floor of a residential development.

Boarding up the windows and installing fictional property guardians, she calls our attention to the fluid and contested nature of space in London: how we use it, trade it, desire it and defend it.

Johann Arens

Shopfitters Express, 489 New Cross Rd, SE14 6TQ

SelfCalibration is an in-store installation by Johann Arens at Shopfitters Express: a local business offering interior lighting, touchscreen tills and barcode systems. The work seamlessly integrates a new series of screen-based sculptures into the site, to review the role of mobile interfaces and the desire to touch artefacts.

Takeshi Shiomitsu

Unit D, Norfolk House, 9 Brookmill Road, SE8 4HL

Takeshi Shiomitsu presents Layout (array), a mixed-media installation that explores unresolved tension between humans and the technological systems which control our immediate climate. He sees the relationship between these systems in terms of ‘intra-action’ – a dynamic process of mutual constitution between entangled objects. The project is part of a wider ongoing investigation into whiteness, neutrality and repetition.


“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, Bob & Roberta Smith 2008

In 2016 Deptford X piloted a new approach to its long-established fringe event. Returning to its original, unjuried form, its format returned to an open programme strand for independent projects, supported and facilitated - but not controlled - by Deptford X*.

Deptford X Fringe showcases the work of locally-based talent through an open call that invites artists to come and install work in Deptford. In the past we've had art occupying shop windows, libraries, roundabouts, public walls, railway arches, and pubs. No nook or cranny is left unfilled.

*The Edinburgh Festival Fringe was founded in 1947 when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival. It was unjuried, with no selection committee, and any type of performance could participate.

2016 Fringe Awards

The Lewisham Arthouse Award

A panel made up of members of the Arthouse co-operative selected Soft Wax's mural Action Time mural at Wünderlust in association with Deptford Does Art as the work they found most ambitious, outstanding and original. The selected project will be given full use of Lewisham Arthouse's project space for two weeks in Spring 2017

The Deptford X Fringe Award

A panel made up of the Deptford X team and trustees and last year’s prizewinners SALSAROSA selected Lucie Kordakova and Karolina Mikeskova for their project 'Watching a strange theatre', in association with Old Tidemill Garden and presented at Deptford Cinema, as the winner of the prize this year. They will receive a Bob and Roberta Smith limited edition print and an exhibition at Deptford X Gallery, to take place in 2017.

The Arch Deptford Award

Thanks to a generous donation from Arch Materials, the Deptford X panel awarded Amanda Knight with a £100 gift voucher, for her exhibition at Crossfield Studios.

Fringe 2016 Participants:

Alana Francis

Alfie Dwyer, Dani Smith, Katie South & Will Butterworth

Alison Day


Andy Nizinskyj

Anna Sebastian

Anne Verheij

Annie Om



Brookmill Studios

Christy Symington MRBS

Clare Daly

Crossfield Studios

Dangerous Minds

Deptford Cinema


Drawing Connections

Edwin Hind

Ellen Watson Curates


Eva Fàbregas and Rachel Pimm

Flâneurism (Rik Moran)

Gopan Iyadurai

Gorka Mohamed

Gossamer Fog

Helena de Pulford

Ian Bruce

Ian Gonczarow

Jake Chapman

James Furzer / Made In Greenwich

Janette Scott

Joshua Drewe & Devora Tancheva

Juliana Capes

Lara Proctor & Shaun Harrigan

Laura Morrison

Lawrence Preece

Levantes Dance Theatre

Lewisham Arthouse

London Drawing Group

Lucie Kordacova, Karolina Mikeskova

Madi Acharya-Baskerville

Margaret Jennings

Martha Orbach

Matthew Gould

Mr. Degri

news of the world

Nicholas Burwell and Tom Ravenscroft

Nicola Rae

Nomad Art School

Patricio Forrester

Paul Abbott and Alex Roberts

Paul Clayton

PJ Yeboah

Propeller Foundry Open Studio

Redstart Arts


Rose Cleary

Sally Wyatt


Soft Wax

Sound is sound is sound

South London Art Map

Stan’s L I F T

Steven Morgana & Matthew Verdon

The Interview Room

The Jericho Orchestra

Victoria Rance


Zbigniew Libera