2021 Deptford X Programme

This year’s festival will take the form of an outdoor Art Trail around Deptford. Festival visitors will be able to collect a map and use it to discover outdoor work situated in and around Deptford.

This year it is our intention to bring art and creativity out into the open to create joy and healing in our communities in the wake of the pandemic.

There will be a strong emphasis on artworks in the public realm so that we can create a walkable art trail, bringing art & the festive spirit fully and joyfully into the open for all to enjoy.

Our art trail will cover areas within SE8 and SE14 – anyone wishing to take part will need to ensure their work is located within these postcode areas.

Aims for the festival:

  • Rooted in the fabric of our neighbourhoods and the people who live and work within them.
  • A showcase for local creativity and innovation, using any manner of outdoor space

Deptford X 2021 will include four open call elements:

Festival Fringe 
Community Art Trail
Supported Commissions
Deptford X + AAJA Radio

All of our open calls are free to apply to and are open to artists, local residents, children, young adults and local businesses. We also welcome artists from neighbouring boroughs provided your work is installed in the SE8/SE14 area.

If you are in the SE8 or SE14 area and you would like to offer some space to an artist to use for the festival, please sign up via our Venue Community form. We will then add you to our register for artists to get in touch with their proposed idea for your space.

In addition to the festival projects below,  the Art Trail will also consist of further commissions by artists selected by the Deptford X director, and projects initiated by our peer network for People of Colour; Support Network.  



An open call for projects by artists local to Deptford. These are projects that are independent in scope but brought together by Deptford X. We encourage projects that are situated outdoors, or outdoor-facing, along the Art Trail.


An open call to anyone and everyone living in Deptford who wishes to display their creativity during the festival. This strand is open to all ages and artistic abilities. These projects will be situated along the art trail and visible from outdoors.


An open call for projects by early career Black and People of Colour artists from Lewisham that will be selected by a jury and supported by the festival financially and curatorially. These projects will be situated outdoors along the art trail. Please note, this programme is funding dependent.

Deptford X + AAJA Radio

New for 2021, Deptford X is partnering with AAJA, a community focused radio station, record label and performance space based in the railway arches in Deptford Market Yard. Artists can apply to be part of a curated programme of radio projects.

Become a festival venue

Are you are resident or local business in the SE8/SE14 area and have some outdoor space that can be used by an artist for this year's festival? If the answer is YES! Then please sign up!