Deptford X 2008

Deptford X Festival 2008

2008 Festival Archive: 


Festival director:

Matthew Couper



  • Bob & Roberta Smith
  • Pilot
  • Collecting Live Art
  • Ding Dong Twist Club
  • Sarah Baker
  • Yinka Shonibare
  • Matt Stokes
  • Kevin Bawyer
  • John Riley
  • Fimbulvetr
  • Frann Cottell
  • Helen Bart
  • Leo Fitzmaurice
  • Ben Cummins
  • Deepa Chudasama
  • Naomi Pearce
  • Gavin Ramsey
  • Leila Goalloway
  • Katie Gilman
  • Patrick Semple
  • Joanna Sands
  • Chantelle May Purcell
  • Paul Caton
  • Henna-Rikka Halonen
  • Pankoff Bank
  • Semloh Bbew
  • Jonathan Callan
  • Bea Denton
  • Charlesworth Lewandowksi & Mann
  • Fran Cottel
  • Nicky Hirst
  • Wayne Lucas
  • Karin Ludmann
  • Cesare Pietroiusti
  • Stephen Pippin
  • Spencer Tunick



Now in its tenth successful year – Deptford X 2008

An extensive programme of contemporary visual art exhibitions and events in and around SE8 curated by Julia Alveraz.


Deptford X is a contemporary visual art festival currently celebrating its tenth successful year; to mark its decade-long reign, an anniversary book, authored by Bob & Roberta Smith, with a foreword by Matthew Collings, entitled ‘Hijack Reality: Deptford X – A How To Guide To Organise A Really Top Notch Art Festival’, will be published and launched during the festival.


Highlights of this years programme include a project space, featuring projects by Pilot, Collecting Live Art and the Ding Dong Twist Club, reading by Bob and Roberta Smith. Sarah Baker will be exhibiting her new video work ‘Studs’, Yinka Shonibare will be showing a flag project originally commissioned by the Southbank Centre, visitors will  be invited to climb a Church tower to access this work. Accompanying this will be the showing of Matt Stokes’ new film ‘Cipher’, a collaboration between the artist, pipe organists Kevin Bawyer and John Riley, and Fimbulvetr, a dark ambient music. Frann Cottell is creating a site specific installation drawing on the legacy of the pawn brokers symbol and artist Helen Bart will be creating an Upside-down harbour in Deptford Creek, and Leo Fitzmaurice is transforming a design studio on Deptford High Street into an installation of symbols and colours taken from other shops in the surrounding vicinity.


Visitors will be able to download an MP3 audio work by Ben Cummins, Pavement Sonnets, Deptford Scars, as well as a map by the same artist to provide a guide to the programme.