London’s Contemporary Arts Festival 26 September - 5 October 2014

This year's Festival dates: 25 September - 4 October 2015

Deptford X exists to promote the best contemporary visual art and celebrate that art with the widest possible audience.
It is an arts event born of Deptford’s creative community and based on a belief in the limitless potential of the area.

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Over 450 artists took part in Deptford X 2014, presenting art work in 44 locations over two weekends in September and October 2014. As well as a whole host of regular favourites, this year’s festival saw the launch of two new venues, MMX Gallery and Number3London.

The standard of submissions was very high and 30 projects were selected for the Fringe programme. Luis Ignacio Rodriguez was the winner of this year’s Fringe Award with ‘Dancing Builder’, and runner-up prizes were awarded to Victoria Rance for ‘I Wish’ and Martha Orbach for ‘The House of Paper and String’. Affiliated local galleries and studios go from strength to strength and it was wonderful to hear that both Enclave and Lewisham Arthouse were shortlisted for Art Licks Artquest Workweek prizes in recognition of the critical, risk-taking nature of the work they presented during Deptford X.

Increased numbers of participating artists, venues and visitors made it the biggest Deptford X festival to date. There was a significant rise in learning and participation activities this year, inspired by Bob & Roberta Smith’s work advocating arts education and reflected in his 2014 provocation: WHAT IS THE VALUE OF ART?

Deptford X will be back in Spring 2015 with a new call for artists – watch this space!