An open call for projects by early career Black and People of Colour artists and curators from Lewisham that will be selected by a jury and supported by the festival financially and curatorially.

Launched in 2019, Supported 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 43% of Lewisham’s population constituting POC groups, this opportunity is aimed specifically at early career POC artists and curators based in the London borough of Lewisham. Applications from people based outside of our local borough will also be considered, provided they can demonstrate how their work will resonate with our geographical context.

Contributions are welcome from artists or curators of any kind.

All successful applicants will receive mentoring and curatorial support throughout the process and will also be invited to join Deptford X’s Supported Peer Network for POC artists through which you will be able to access further opportunities and mentoring beyond the festival.

Supported artists will receive an artist fee and a production budget to deliver their work.

Selection Process:

A longlist of applications will be reviewed by a guest selection panel who will consider the concept, quality and cost of each project before selecting the finalists. Finalists will be invited to Deptford X for interview by the Deptford X team.


  • Supported is only open to Black and People of Colour artists.
  • Artists must be resident in the Borough of Lewisham (Applicants from the Evelyn & Pepys ward are particularly encouraged to also apply)
  • All successful Supported applicants must be willing and available to participate in public talks and tours during the festival period as required.
  • Well-conceived and thought-out projects – this is both in terms of concept but also in terms of practical construction and installation process.
  • Projects that are rooted in the fabric of our neighbourhoods and the people who live and work within them.
  • Can provide a clear sense of how the work allows for public interaction and/or can explain the intended impact for audiences.
  • We reserve the right to decline any project 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.


Applications for 2022 will open next year in March, sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear when the application portal is open. 


"Being part of the Supported programme has changed my future. It allowed me to envision my future as an artist" - George Boros, 2019 Supported artist