Deptford X Festival 2018

21 – 30 September 2018

Since 1999 Deptford X has brought an annual art extravaganza to the unique setting of Deptford, combining work by invited artists with that of the area's diverse creative communities. Since 2016, a revitalised programme has focused on commissioning cutting-edge work by emerging artists and a radically open, artist-centred approach.

The festival runs over ten action-packed days and takes place in a wide range of public sites and spaces. It has two central elements: the curated Platform programme and the open Fringe programme. In addition we present a commissioned Special Project and organise a range of artist talks, walking tours and learning activities.

The festival is free and open to everyone.

Platform: five newly commissioned works by emerging artists.

Each year 5 emerging artists are invited to produce ambitious new works for public sites around Deptford. The festival installations are a high-profile showcase for the participating artists and for cutting-edge contemporary work. The programme is intended to provide a group of emerging artists with support at a pivotal moment in their careers.

Deptford X is delighted to announce Shawanda Corbett, Georgia Lucas-Going, David Steans, NT and Laura Yuile as the five emerging artists selected to create new context-specific works for locations across Deptford in September 2018. 

The artists are nominated by a panel of five experts – artists, teachers, curators and writers – who each put forward three names. After further research five artists are invited to participate, one from each nominator. Our 2018 nominators were:

Larry Achiampong, artist

Oreet Ashery, artist

Bryony Bond, Creative Director of The Tetley, Leeds

Melanie Keen, Director of Iniva

Sarah McCrory, Director of Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

For more information about the Platform programme and to see last year’s programme – please click here

Special Project

Artist Louise Ashcroft has been invited to do a residency-based commission with Deptford X, focussing on the non-art work that goes into running a small arts organisation. Working from a set of poetic couplets extracted from the organisation’s recently authored Data Protection Policy, she will create performances, objects and experimental social experiences.

Special Projects are occasional, self-contained commissions that operate outside the curatorial framework of the festival’s two central programmes.

The Deptford X Fringe: a vibrant open programme of independent projects

The Fringe is an open programme that celebrates the strength and diversity of contemporary visual arts practice, with a focus on locally-based artists. Each year Deptford X extends an open call to artists, groups and curators to contribute to the forthcoming festival through exhibitions, performances, screenings, open studios and other events. There’s no selection process as such – everyone is welcome – and there are no fees to pay. If your project meets our criteria and you can give us the necessary information, you’re in!

Take part in the Deptford X 2018 Fringe
(Please note submissions are now closed for this year) 

Step one, if you’re interested, is to sign up to our newsletter and/or tune in to our social media. It’s free to submit a project and there’s no ceiling on the number of participating artists. You’ll need to find a space or site for your project; usually that means approaching a potential host and working together to make the exhibition (or performance, or whatever) possible. Each year we hold Fringe Socials at which you can ask questions, give us feedback, identify potential venues and meet other Fringe participants.

All Fringe projects must take place between 21 and 30 September 2018 and be presented within a kilometre of Deptford’s main train station.

If you are venue in Deptford and you would like to offer your space to a fringe artist please email us:

Mini Bursaries 
12 mini-bursaries are available for Fringe projects, each worth £100. They’re designed to help more artists to get involved and/or be more ambitious about what they do. The mini-bursaries are open to artists living or working in three local boroughs (Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark), but not to those in full-time education (sorry). For more information about the bursary please review this document.

Fringe Application form
Please ensure you have your venue secured before you apply for the Fringe: FRINGE APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. 

Fringe submissions close:         22 July 2018.
*Bursary applications close:     29 July 2018.

For more information on the programme and how to apply please click here: Fringe Guidelines

Please read the guidelines carefully before making an application, and remember – you must have your project site/venue confirmed before you make an application.