Deptford X 2018

Deptford X Festival 2018 was made up of 5 artists under the Platform programme and one artist under the Special Project strand, alongside an unjuried programme of Fringe artists.

Core Programme



Five emerging artists, five new works in public space. Introduced in 2016, the Platform programme sits alongside the Fringe at the heart of the festival. Each year 5 emerging artists are invited to produce ambitious new works for public sites around Deptford. The Platform artists are nominated by a panel of 5 experts — artists, teachers, curators and writers — who each provide 3 names and a statement explaining their selection. After further research and studio visits 5 artists are selected, one from each nominator, on the basis of how the projects will work together, and in relation to specific sites, in the context of the festival. 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.

2018 nominators:

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

Platform Artists:

Shawanda Corbett
Georgia Lucas-Going
David Steans
Laura Yuile

Special Projected by Louise Ashcroft.

Louise’s work comprised of a series of works that reinterpret words gleaned from the festival’s Data Protection Policy, a document that exemplifies the less glamorous work that goes into running a small arts organisation.


Director: Patrick Henry
Festival Manager: Sarah Umar
Festival Assistant, Communications and Volunteers: Lucy Cowling
Festival Assistant, Programme Delivery: Diane Edwards


With thanks to our funders:

Arts Council England

Lewisham Council


Burwell Deakins

Deptford Market Yard

Deptford Lounge

Art House


Kit Mapper


Sheffield Garment Printing