Deptford X 2016

Deptford X Festival 2016, was presented in our new premises on Brookmill Road, feature a core programme of five emerging artists nominated by five art-world professionals.

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.

2016 nominators:

Rózsa Farkas, Curator and Director of Arcadia Missa
David Mabb, Artists
Ellen Mara De Wachter, Curator and Writer
Fatos Üstek, Curator and Writer
George Vasey, Curator and Writer

Platform Artists:

Johann Arens
Manuel Mathieu
Berry Patten
Joey Holder
Takeshi Shiomitsu


In 2016 the long-established Deptford X Fringe event has returns to its original, unjuried form, as an open programme strand for independent projects, supported and facilitated — but not curated — by Deptford X



Director: Patrick Henry
Deputy Director: Thea Smith
Festival Assistant: Beth Bramich

In memory of Gillian Best Powell, artist and Deptford X Trustee, 1955–2016.