Deptford X 2022

16th to 25th September 2022

Deptford X 2022 celebrates the foundations of the festival’s beginnings with a focus on the longstanding Fringe of projects by artists local to Deptford, concentrated around Deptford High Street. As ever, the festival invites artists to show new or existing works; champions new voices; and brings people together in Deptford to encounter the very best of contemporary art practice.

A supporting programme of seven festival commissions is curated by Jareh Das and brings to Deptford a distinct intergeneration of artists united by an exploration of diasporic culture and heritage; private and communal spaces; and therapeutic and healing practices.

Deptford X 2022 presents seven new, major commissions from artists Jelili Atiku, Ibiye Camp, collaborative duo Assia Ghendir and Puer Deorum, Nnena Kalu, Barbara Majek, Yeu-Lai Mo and Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck. These include a celebratory parade, that draws on elements of migration, trade and local markets, led by Jelili Atiku with children and young people from the Borough of Lewisham.

Barbara Majek, Yeu-Lai Mo, and Assia Ghendir and Puer Deorum are part of Deptford X Supported; an open call programme for BPOC artists based in the London Borough of Lewisham. This year, the jury for Supported was;  Funmi Adewole Elliott, Phoebe Collings-James, Annis Harrison, Karl Ohiri and Jason W H Page.

This year the festival also features a music event in the form of a day party; Deptford X Live , with musical and conversational contributions from Shakedown (Gin, Black Obsidian Sound System and Ash Walker) and Nzinga Soundz, featuring Aisha from Brazilian DJ duo Aisha and Yaminah.

We invite you to spend time in Deptford and experience the possibilities and reflections embodied in the art here.


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We would like to thank the following partners for their support with Deptford X Festival 2022:



Funded by:

Arts Council England
Lewisham Council
National Lottery Heritage Fund with thanks to National Lottery players
We Are Lewisham

Lewisham Creative Change Fund
Sir William Boreman’s Trust


Image credit: Jelili Atiku, Festival of the Earth (Alaraagbo XII) (2018). Processional performance, mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Exhibition view: The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence, Manifesta 12, Palermo (16 June–4 November 2018). Courtesy the artist and Manifesta 12. Photo: Francesco Bellina.

Fringe Projects