Deptford X is London’s longest running contemporary visual arts festival and has been experienced by over one million people since inception in 1998. This year the festival runs 21 September – 1st October, but we often have events outside of these dates. 

Building on a legacy of great art, Deptford X continues the successful formula we piloted last year, in which we asked five art-world professionals to nominate three emerging contemporary artists. One from each group was selected to receive a commission to create new and ambitious site-specific works in Deptford. This core programme offers key support to young artists with great potential at an often overlooked stage of their nascent careers, and we look forward to confirming our nominators and artists for the 2017 festival in the upcoming months. Join our mailing list (below) to receive updates as we announce them.

Deptford X will continue the tradition of facilitating a dynamic and event-packed festival fringe to encapsulate what is great about art in the local community. Details of how to participate in the 2017 Fringe will be announced soon.

Deptford X are delighted to announce that our lead sponsors for the 2017 festival are Anthology.

Deptford X is a charity and non-profit organisation. Any donation will go towards sustaining our gallery programme and festival.

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Deptford X, 9 Brookmill Road, London SE8 4HL

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  • Paul Canty (Chair)
  • Jane Hendrie
  • Maggie Learmonth
  • Astrid Kirchner
  • Gemma Rolls-Bentley
  • Helen Goodier


Patrick Henry

Deputy Director

Thea Smith


Brookmill Studios

Deptford X manages a small set of affordable studios at our site in Norfolk House on Brookmill Road. They are currently fully occupied but occasionally do become available. Please contact us with the form above to register your interest. Current studio artists are:



KitMapper, the UK's first equipment rental network for creatives, is a peer-to-peer rental site that puts high-quality photography and audiovisual kit in the hands of creatives, and lets owners earn money from lending it out. Founded by artist and curator Dave Charlesworth, the team has over 30 years’ combined industry experience, who make it their mission to facilitate ambitious, creative projects and put sophisticated kit in the hands of any individual with the imagination and skill to use it.


LeithLate is an arts organisation that runs an annual art festival and public art projects in the Leith area of Edinburgh. Our festivals are ‘twinned’: Deptford and Leith share long maritime histories and similarly diverse communities. In 2016 we premiered an artist exchange from LeithLate16 as part of Deptford X Fringe.

Art Licks

Deptford X has partnered with the Art Licks Weekend, an annual festival that celebrates the contribution that emerging artists and grassroots projects make to the cultural life of London. The festival runs across East and South East London on the last weekend of Deptford X.

See and for more details


Deptford X are pleased to announce that we are hosting School of the Damned's London meetings. SOTD is a year-long alternative, un-accredited, postgraduate program run by its students. The school does not receive any money, pay for any resources using funds, or charge its students admission. The school runs outside institutional systems of funding as an active political position. Guests are invited on a pre-agreed exchange of time for time labor. Find out more about School of the Damned here.