21 Sep – 30 Sep 2018

The 19th annual Deptford X festival will consolidate and build on an ambitious new curatorial framework that we successfully piloted in 2016. At its heart are two programmes which together give the festival its unique character: Platform, a set of five commissions for emerging artists in public spaces, and Fringe, an expansive open programme of independent projects. Deptford X will also present a commissioned Special Project and a range of tours, talks and learning activities.

Festival programmes will take place over 10 days in a wide range of public sites and spaces; many projects will engage audiences in active and unexpected ways.

Explore the 2017 Festival Programme ︎︎

Find out how you can Volunteer for Deptford X ︎︎


Our building sits on the site of the old Seager Distillery and faces Carrington House, which was built in Deptford in 1903 as a Lodging House by London County Council, providing affordable accommodation for 800 single working men; by the time it closed in the 1980s it was partly used as a hostel for temporarily housing homeless people, but there were many long- term residents who had lived there for decades. Seager Evans and Co. (established 1805) was a London-based wine and spirits company. They specialised in distillation of gin, and their most famous product was Seagers Gin. In 1922 the distillery was moved to this site in Deptford and remained in use until the 1970s.


Patrick Henry

Festival Manager
Sarah Umar

Festival Assistant
Lucy Cowling


Deptford X was launched in 1998 as a visual arts festival focused on public space in Deptford. It was an artist-led project rooted in Deptford’s thriving creative communities.

Deptford X became a registered charity in 2001 and is a not-for-profit organisation. It receives regular funding from Lewisham Council, project funding from Arts Council England and sponsorship from a range of partners. 

Find out how to become a sponsor for 2018 ︎︎

In addition to the funding sources listed above, none of which are guaranteed beyond a specific project or programme, we depend on donations to make our work possible. Please support Deptford X by making a one-off or regular donation. Your donations, however small, help us to survive and thrive.


In addition to our annual festival we produce and/or host a year-round programme of events, residencies, off-site projects and educational activities. Recent and current programme partners include School of the Damned, Art Action UK, Rice and Toye, Lewisham People’s Day,, SALT. Magazine and Deptford Anarchist Tapestry Association.

Our event space is available to hire ︎︎

Untill January 2018 Deptford X ran DX Gallery, an 20 meter long exhibition space alongside Brookmill Road, which championed emerging curators. Head to the DX Gallery Archive to find out what was shown ︎︎


Paul Canty (Chair)
Jade Coles
Mark Ellis
Ian Gouldstone
Laura Hensser
Astrid Kirchner
Maggie Learmonth
Gemma Rolls-Bentley

We are currently seeking new members for the board of trustees. Do you have skills in PR or fundraising, or simply want to offer what you can? Get in contact with us via admin[at] – we’d love to hear from you!



Deptford X, 9 Brookmill Road, London SE8 4HL

For general enquiries and information please get in touch via or +44 (0)20 8694 8842.

If you are interested in getting involved with the festival, hiring the event space, renting one of our studios or working with us, please see our current jobs and opportunities.

This way for art

Deptford X is easily accessible by public transport
We’re based in the heart of Deptford, between New Cross, Lewisham, and Greenwich – just off Deptford Broadway, a minute’s walk from Deptford Bridge DLR, Deptford Cinema and Lewisham College (LeSoCo).

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By Train
The nearest station is Deptford Bridge DLR, a minute’s walk away. Deptford (National Rail, 10 minutes’ walk) and New Cross (10 minutes) and New Cross Gate (15 minutes) Overground stations are all nearby.

Deptford has step-free access, New Cross has step-free access on platforms C and D only and New Cross Gate has step-free access to all platforms from the concourse, but one step from the street to the ticket office.

By Bus
Buses to Deptford run from Central and South-East London. The 53 / 89 / 177 /453 all stop at Deptford Bridge, and the 47 / 255 stop at Friendly Street. Check out the TFL bus map here.

By Car
There is no parking at Deptford X, and very limited parking in the area. Please let us know if you have specific access needs and we will be able to provide further information about arriving by car.

By Bike
There are bike racks at the bottom of Deptford High Street, by Deptford train station and by Deptford Brigde DLR. The DLR is closest to Deptford X.

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Deptford Market Yard

In Deptford Market Yard you'll find 14 arches, 7 shops above the carriage ramp, 2 restaurants and a new market space, all filled with local, independent businesses, creative spaces and places to eat & drink.

Lewisham Arthouse

Lewisham Arthouse supports artists and arts-based learning through creative workspace and specialist facilities.


LeithLate is an arts organisation that runs an annual art festival and public art projects in the Leith area of Edinburgh. Our festivals are ‘twinned’: Deptford and Leith share long maritime histories and similarly diverse communities. In 2016 we premiered an artist exchange from LeithLate16 as part of Deptford X Fringe, and in 2017 we co-commissioned a film programme at Deptford Cinema.


KitMapper, the UK's first equipment rental network for creatives, is a peer-to-peer rental site that puts high-quality photography and audiovisual kit in the hands of creatives, and lets owners earn money from lending it out. Founded by artist and curator Dave Charlesworth, the team has over 30 years’ combined industry experience, who make it their mission to facilitate ambitious, creative projects and put sophisticated kit in the hands of any individual with the imagination and skill to use it.


FareShare London saves good food destined for waste and send it to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people.
They are always looking for people to volunteer their time. You can sort food in the Deptford warehouse, prepare orders for delivery, accompany the drivers to deliver food or drive the vans yourself, or take up a role in the office to help support the team. Open from Monday to Saturday, it’s physical, fun and sociable.
To find out more, email or visit the website.

Festival design by

IYA Studio

Unit 3 Carriage Way
Deptford Market Yard
London, SE8 4BZ
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