Deptford X Festival 2018



21 Sep – 30 Sep

The 19th edition of Deptford X Festival will see the return of the successful Platform and Fringe programmes. The ambitious new curatorial framework piloted in 2016 has gone from strength to strength, and together these two programmes give the festival its unique character. Watch our film of the 2017 festival to see why Deptford X is an unmissable addition to London’s art calendar.


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