London’s Contemporary Arts Festival

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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Deptford X is proud to have delivered another incredible festival, featuring more than 360 established and emerging artists across two weeks of site-specific installations, group exhibitions, open studios, tours, workshops, one-off performances and events. The festival, now in its 18th year, featured Lead Artist Janette Parris, who continued the theme ‘DEPTFORD CONVERSATIONS’ which she established as Associate Artist for the festival in 2014.

With the support of a Festival Producer, Caz Underwood, Parris also commissioned 50 artists to contribute to a group exhibition at the Deptford X HQ at Norfolk House, on Brookmill Road. Caz has been brought in to work as Festival Producer for the last two festivals, and has managed the production of two outstanding festivals that have brought contemporary visual art of the highest quality to Deptford. The festivals have engaged the community across Deptford and South East London by making art accessible – not just in galleries and studios but in a diverse range of venues including pubs, historic churches, high street shops, cafes, libraries, the cells of an old police station, two phone boxes and a bus stop. Caz also worked with the Deptford X Board of Trustees to secure funding from London Borough of Lewisham and Arts Council England enabling Deptford X to end 2015 with financial stability.

The future for Deptford X:

The 2015 festival marked a time of change for Deptford X, which has recently moved into its new permanent HQ in Deptford on the redeveloped site of the old Seager Distillery. The HQ, which houses 7 artists’ studios, a gallery and project space, was officially opened by Lewisham Mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, on 25 September for the Festival launch.

Deptford X is now delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Patrick Henry, who joins Deptford X on 26 October as Director of the charity.

Bea Denton, Programme Director, said “Thanks to the outstanding support from our Trustees in the last few years, Deptford X is now in a position where we can really build upon and scale up our ambitions. We are looking forward to working with Patrick on an exciting programme of developments for both the Festival and for our new project space.”

Patrick Henry, Deptford X’s new Director, said of his appointment, “This is an exceptionally exciting time to be joining Deptford X. Deptford hosts a vibrant and dynamic creative community; I believe there are new audiences and new opportunities for Deptford X and for the Festival, where we can make a real impact and input to contemporary visual arts.”