Volunteer with us

Deptford X has a small core team, so we're always looking for volunteers to assist us throughout the year but especially during the festival. If you are keen to take part in next year's festival please leave us your details.

2020 Update: 

Due to Covid-19 we have suspended any in-person festival activity – our programmes are running online for 2020 and we will be reviewing the situation as it unfolds. We hope to return in 2021 with a blended festival method that will include in-person and online programmes, we are potentially looking at hosting this festival earlier in the year. At this moment in time we are not seeking any volunteers but check back here in case things change.

Hear the 2020 update in audio format:




Founded in 1998 as an artist-led project rooted in Deptford’s creative communities, Deptford X has grown to become one of the UK’s leading festivals of contemporary art. The festival will take place over 10 days at the end of September, in a wide range of public sites and spaces; many projects will engage audiences in active and unexpected ways.

Volunteers help to look after artworks, get involved with workshops and live events, help us document everything that’s going on, chat to visitors, staff the information points, gather evaluation information and sell Deptford X merchandise.  Previously, volunteers have shared some of their specific talents with us, such as photography or content creation. There will also be opportunities to assist with festival preparation earlier in the year– this can help build specific skill sets linked to programme delivery such as liaising with artists, art handling and installing.

We don’t require any previous experience in the arts! We’ll listen to what you want to learn or get out of the experience. We’ll do an induction so you know exactly what is expected of you.

Volunteering outside the festival period.

The majority of our volunteer roles are concentrated during the festival months, however we do have capacity for a volunteer or two to help out during our early planning stages. If you are keen to help out please fill in the volunteer form.

Sign up! 
To sign up please fill in this form once we have your information a member of staff will get in touch with you.

If you’re interested in other volunteering opportunities in Lewisham, check out our friends VAL and Lewisham Local, who do great work helping volunteers make a difference for charities, community groups and social enterprises.