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.


21 Sep – 30 Sep 2018

The 19th annual Deptford X festival consolidated and built on an ambitious new curatorial framework that we successfully piloted in 2016. At its heart sit 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 also presented a commissioned Special Project and a range of tours, talks and learning activities.

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

Explore the 2018 Festival Programme ↗  


Patrick Henry

Festival Manager
Sarah Umar

Festival Assistant
Lucy Cowling


Paul Canty (Chair)
Jade Coles
Mark Ellis
Ian Gouldstone
Laura Hensser
Tom Holley
Astrid Kirchner
Maggie Learmonth


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.

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.


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 ↗


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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Plan with TFL:

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.