Deptford X 2019
25 October - 3 November

Supported 2019

Our new Supported strand is intended to widen access to participation in the festival by providing funding, production and curatorial support to successful applicants. We are committed to the aim of celebrating and promoting the creativity in our area and with 49.3% of Lewisham’s population constituting BAME groups, this opportunity is aimed primarily at BAME artists and curators based in the London boroughs of Lewisham or Greenwich. Applications from non-BAME people will be considered if they can demonstrate how their work engages with the diversity of the area and Deptford X’s commitment to equality. Applications from people based outside of our local boroughs will also be considered, provided they can demonstrate how their work is relevant to our geographical context.

Contributions are welcome from artists or curators of any kind. We are looking for exhibitions, films, performances, happenings, workshops, interventions into the local landscape, and any other kind of arts project that will contribute to 2019’s 10 day Deptford X festival.

We encourage applications that creatively respond to this year’s starting point, Stop Making Sense.

Selection Process
All applications will be reviewed by a guest selection panel who will consider the concept, quality and cost of each project before selecting the successful projects. Funding will then be allocated between each successful project. It is important to include a realistic budget with your application, together with a minimum figure necessary for your project to go ahead. This is to enable the panel to divide the funding fairly and to ensure that each successful project is awarded sufficient funding to go ahead.

  • The festival’s core projects will be open 12-6pm, Friday 25 October to Sun 3 November with late openings until 9pm on each Friday. The preview event takes place on Thursday 24 October and installation begins on 21 October. Your project must open on 24 October and be open (if an exhibition) or happen (if event) within the festival dates and times.
  • All successful Supported applicants must be willing and available to participate in public talks and tours during the festival period.
  • We reserve the right to decline any application that we deem discriminatory, offensive or contrary to our values. We define values as principles of behaviour and/or judgements of what is important. Our organisational values are: art, learning, care, respect, openness and equality.
  • Preference will be given to BAME applicants and applicants resident within the London boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich.
  • The deadline for Supported applications is Sunday 14 July 2019. Applications received after this date will not be included.

For more information or advice please contact us on: or call 0208 694 8842

Meet the Guest Panel

Teresa Cisneros is a Chicana living in London.  An arts administrator by choice though she has practiced as a curator and an educator. Cisneros has worked with many art institutions including Nottingham Contemporary, Tate, Spike Island and Serpentine to explore care, policy making, learning, and  institutional change.   In 2016-18 at The Showroom she curated Object Positions to explore cultural equity, decolonial processes and colonial administration. She is a part of agency for agency and is Inclusive Practice Lead at Wellcome Collection. She is interested in reconstructing cultural institutions from the inside to begin working towards forms of transformational justice.

Christopher Kirubi is a London-based poet and artist who uses the mutability and promiscuity of images, objects and text to negotiate the limits of sexuality, gender, race and desire.


Hew Locke was born in Edinburgh in 1959, lived in Guyana for his formative years, returning to the UK in 1980, eventually attending the RCA. His fusing of historic sources with current political or cultural concerns, and the merging of influences from The Caribbean and London, lead to richly textured, vibrant pieces that stand on a crossroad of histories, cultures and media.  His public artworks include the memorial marking 800 years of Magna Carta, situated at Runnymede.  His recent solo exhibition at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham ‘Here’s the Thing’ received rave reviews, and tours on to the USA.

Imran Perretta lives and works in London. Working across the moving-image, sound, performance and poetry, Perretta's work addresses biopower, marginality and the (de)construction of cultural histories. His work seeks to challenge the conception of the nation state and its unilateral violence against those that are both marginalised within and stranded at its borders. Underpinning the work are questions of alterity and neo-coloniality, meditating on the process of identity forming in a post-9/11 era characterized by austerity, state-sponsored Islamophobia and the War on Terror.

Natasha Hoare is curator at Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art. She was previously curator at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2014-18).  She also served as associate curator of “An Unpredictable Expression of Human Potential” for Act II of the thirteenth edition of the Sharjah Biennial, as assistant curator for the visual arts section of the Marrakech Biennale 5, and as studio manager for artist Mark Wallinger. In 2016, she published the book The New Curator (Laurence King). As a writer she has contributed to Frieze, ArtReview, Ibraaz, amongst others, and is contributing editor of ExtraExtra.

Deptford X Panel

Nathalie Boobis,
Director, Deptford X

Nathalie Boobis is a London-based curator and director of Deptford X. She has previously worked as artist commissions coordinator for SPACE, London and curatorial fellow for Goldsmiths CCA, London. Independent projects include Our House of Common Weeds, The NewBridge Project, Gateshead (2018), London (2017); The Future is a Collective Project, various locations (ongoing); Green Ray, Enclave, London (2016) Hear My Voice and Answer Me, The Swiss Church, London (2015); and equals, BLANKSPACE, Manchester (2013).


Maggie Learmonth,
Trustee, Deptford X

Maggie Learmonth had a successful career in secondary and higher education before changing direction and graduating in fine art in 2011.She is now a practising artist and a member of the board of trustees for DeptfordX. Although born and brought up in West Cumbria she now lives and works in south-east London.
Trustee, Deptford X

NT is a multidisciplinary artist whose work incorporates performance, film, sound, and print. Their work has been shown throughout the UK and internationally. NT is interested in historiography: how history is made and interpreted, and uses appropriation as a means of disruption, re-interpretation, and re-evaluation of the past.

Application Form

Applications are now CLOSED.

Please download and read the the Application Guide and submit your proposal by Sunday 14 July. 

Supported Application Guide (Downloadable)
Budget Template (Downloadable)