Volunteer with us


Founded in 1998 as an artist-led project rooted in Deptford’s creative communities, Deptford X has grown to become one of the UK’s leading festivals of contemporary art. The festival 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. Deptford X is more interdisciplinary than ever before, bringing together performance, moving image, sculpture and sound installation.

Deptford X are always looking for volunteers to make the festival possible. Volunteers will help to look after artworks, get involved with workshops and live events, help us document everything that’s going on, chat to visitors, and staff the information points, gather evaluation information and sell Deptford X merchandise.

We don’t require any previous experience in the arts! We are looking for anyone interested in the arts who has availability between 19 Sep and 02 Oct 2018. There may also be opportunities to assist with festival preparation earlier in September – please do say if you would like to get involved at an earlier stage.

What’s in it for you?

A fun, friendly and interesting time! You’ll get to meet the artists and spend time with the artwork, and we’ll listen to what you want to learn or get out of the experience. We’ll do an induction so you know exactly what is expected of you, and you’ll get a private tour of the festival commissions before even the VIPs get a look. 

We’ll provide you with a stylish Deptford X t-shirt, tote bag and lanyard, designed by IYA Studio. We’ll cover daily lunch/travel expenses up to £7.50 per volunteer, and there’ll be lots of snacks and refreshments provided by the excellent charity FareShare. You’ll also receive a coveted Lewisham Local card, which gives you a 10-20% discount in loads of shops and cafes nearby! 

Please email admin@deptfordx.org to register an initial expression of interest. We will contact potential volunteers in the summer to confirm their availability.

If you’re interested in other volunteering opportunities in Lewisham, check out our friends VAL, who do great work helping volunteers make a difference for charities, community groups and social enterprises.