Deptford X Festival 2018


For 19 years 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 has two central elements: the curated Platform programme and the open Fringe programme. In addition we commission Special Projects and organise a range of artist talks, walking tours and learning activities.

Platform: a set of five commissions for emerging artists in public space.

Each year 5 emerging artists are invited to produce ambitious new works for public sites around Deptford. The festival installations are a high-profile public showcase for the participating artists and for cutting-edge contemporary work in public space. The programme is intended to provide a group of emerging artists with support at a pivotal moment in their careers. This takes a number of forms: the opportunity to make and present new work; curatorial and operational support; expert feedback, mentoring and networking opportunities.

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

Fringe, an expansive open programme of independent projects.

Deptford X extends an open call to artists, groups, curators and gallerists to contribute to the forthcoming festival through exhibitions, performances, screenings, open studios and other events. Supported and facilitated by Deptford X, the Fringe celebrates the strength and diversity of contemporary art practice, with a focus on the work of local artists, many of whom are being pushed out of the borough by rising costs and closure of affordable studio space.

It’s free to submit work to the Fringe – all we ask is that you’re able to gain the relevant permissions with whichever space you exhibit in, as well as invigilate if necessary. Deptford X can’t cover the costs of your show, however, last year we launched 12 mini-bursaries of £100 for Fringe projects, open to artists living or working in three local boroughs.

Sign up to our newsletter or keep an eye on our social media if you’re interested in participating in the Fringe in 2018: we’ll be holding more Fringe meeting & socials in the run-up to the Festival, where you can find out more, or ask questions.

We’ll be accepting submissions to the 2018 Fringe between May – July, don’t miss out! Sign up to our newsletter in the link below and follow us on social media for all the latest updates.

For more information about the Fringe programme and last year’s programme – please click here