Lucie Kordačová & Karolína Mikesková — Watching a Strange Theatre
May 12

Lucie Kordačová & Karolína Mikesková — Watching a Strange Theatre

Lucie Kordačová & Karolína Mikesková 

Watching a Strange Theatre

21 April – 12 May 2017

Watching a Strange Theatre is a video and sculpture installation that transfers some of the features of the remarkable place of the Old Tidemill Garden – a unique, collaboratively run community space in Deptford – into the vitrine-like gallery space of Deptford X. The garden has become a principal theatre of vegetal appreciation, wildlife species, habitants and human activities, through its peculiar magic of tranquility.

Live streaming from the Old Tidemill Garden gives us the chance to see its active life in real time, giving us the ability to observe while staying unnoticed. The images will be screened throughout the night, when the nocturnal wildlife comes into its own, and the theatre will play host to some unchoreographed activity.

The existence of the Old Tidemill Garden is threatened by planned local development. Thus, Deptford's wildlife haven has turned from a stage for natural processes like bloom and harvest, death and rebirth, into a scene of another existential drama about the garden's uncertain future. 

Lucie and Karolina were the recipients of the 2016 Deptford X Fringe award, in which they were chosen from around 80 projects to present a show in the DX Gallery in spring 2017.

Join us for the opening event on Friday 21st April, and for two other special events:

6th May: Special event at Old Tidemill Garden, 12pm - 10pm
The garden will host live performances by Karolina Mikeskova & Lucie Kordacova, Business Dudes and Au bout l'eau, open air screening supported by Deptford Cinema and food provided by Deptford People Project.

10th May: Discussion event at Deptford X Space with the artists and speakers invited by the OTG. (Book tickets from


Lucie Kordacova lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include: 0 or 1 at HIVE Dalston, London (2016); OFF2 BIENNALE, National Gallery, Prague (2016); YOU ARE HERE, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2014); Contextilisation, Kalopsia Gallery, Edinburgh, (2014), Peripheral Vision, Biennale of young Art, MMOMA, Moscow, (2014); CZECHOSLOVAKIA, The Nitra Gallery, Nitra, 2013; Nalomeni, K4 Gallery, Prague, (2013); Portas Abertas/Open Doors, Forum Eugenio de Almeida Evora, (2013); Minimální trvanlivost, Emil Filla's Gallery, Usti nad Labem, (2013).

Karolina Mikeskova lives and works in London and Prague. Recent exhibitions include: Inner Monologue / Eternal Desire, Backroom, London (2016); Kuba Export, City Surfer Office, Prague (2015); On a Boat in the Akashi Bay, Jelení Gallery, Prague (2014); The Life Clock, with Roman Štětina, 35m2 Gallery, Prague (2012). Her work has been featured among others in the group exhibitions: Monument, CCC Gallery, Beijing (2016); Essl Art Award, FUTURA, Prague (2015); Metaphysik der disziplin, Tschechisches Zentrum, Berlin (2013).

Valentina Pini – Tonic Immobility
Jun 23

Valentina Pini – Tonic Immobility

Valentina Pini
Tonic Immobility
20 May – 23 June 2017
Curated by Rice + Toye

Tonic immobility is a state in which some animals become temporarily paralysed and unresponsive to external stimuli. In most cases, this occurs in response to an extreme threat such as being captured by a perceived predator. ‘Sluggardising’, a verb coined by the writer Robert Walser, defines a state of being active in a state of passivity – alive and well within an inactive, protective husk.  Activities such as dreaming, staring at the ceiling, and making the most of the comfort provided by a warm bed, have been misinterpreted and stereotyped as hallmarks of feckless laziness. In fact they can be employed to provoke incidental thinking and develop the foundations of a creative process. This ability to relax, which actually improves our capacity to work, is a dominant paradox of our time: Online relaxation technique videos, youtube insomnia cures, ASMR videos and iPhone applications to help us to reduce our Internet addiction are becoming more and more popular. This is the central theme for Valentine Pini’s forthcoming installation at Deptford X.

The long gallery will become an image of this mutable pace for zen: A number of deckchairs will line the space, inviting viewers to sit on their fragile marbled surface. Beside them will stand lamp-like pillars of plaster – their porous texture giving way to pigment, resembling the thick smoke of incense sticks. Adapted goggles will rest on the deckchairs, blinking a hypnotic stimulation. This is not intended to be a space for zoning out, for passive, escapist aesthetic bewilderment. Rather, like a charging bay, it is imagined as a zone for intense medication, to maximise productivity, for active passivity: peak sluggardising.

Pini will explore the nature of the gallery by blocking out part of the windows. This glass façade is one of the key features of the 22ft vitrine-like space and the primary ways to see the work in the space. By using office curtains Pini will draw attention to the public and private contexts of the space and the privilege to have a space to meditate and cultivate creativity.

Opening event: Friday 19th May, 6-9pm.

Valentina Pini lives and works in London and Zurich. Recent exhibitions include Twist Twist, with Aloïs Godinat at Le Labo, Geneva 2017; I don’t wanna Curate anymore, I just wanna accumulate content, Chalton Gallery, group show London 2016; Dimensione disegno. Posizioni contemporanee, group show, Museo Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona Switzerland 2016; Pause Patina, group show, Camden Arts Centre, London 2015; N2, group show, Platform Gallery , London 2015; Catch of the years 2014, Dienstgebäude, group show, Zürich 2014; The Chase, group show, La Rada, Locarno 2014; Bourses Berthoud, Lissignol-Chevallier et Galland, group show, CAC, Geneva 2013.

Rice + Toye is a curatorial project for nice people, by nice people, supported by the kindest of patrons: Cook Rice and Kitty Toye. Founded in 2014, Rice + Toye began as a project space in Bermondsey, London, that invited emerging artists to exhibit or experiment with new work. The aim was to enable artists to test and venture within their practice by offering an open and humble space. From November 2015 until September 2016 Rice + Toye were guests at The Society Club in Soho, London. THE DOOR, is a small space; a snug and cosy place; it is the entrance to a house in Soho that no longer opens; it is a ground-floor vitrine that never closes; it is a centre for broadcast in the heart of the city; it is a way in and out of the world; a way to welcome, new and old, friends and family. Organised by: Antonio de la Hera, Owen Lacey & Emma Enderby

Supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Deptford X Fringe: first 2017 meeting & social
6:00 pm18:00

Deptford X Fringe: first 2017 meeting & social

If you're interested in participating in this year's Fringe, please join us at the Duke, (125 Creek Rd, SE8 3BU) for an informal Fringe meeting, where we can update you on the plans for this year's festival. We have some exciting announcements to make, and we want to hear your feedback and answer your questions!

We are also delighted to introduce you to one of our partners, Kitmapper, who make it easier for artists to hire AV equipment from other artists at reasonable rates. Come along to hear more from co-founder Dave!

We'll be heading to the pub at 6pm and kicking off the meeting at 6.30, after which we invite everyone to stick around, have a drink, and meet one another.

Important: Please RSVP via eventbrite

Ta x

Jala Wahid, Shahmaran
Apr 14

Jala Wahid, Shahmaran

Jala Wahid
17 March – 14 April 2017
Curated by

DX Gallery hosts an open-call programme of emerging curators and artists. Shahmaran is a show that emerged from a residency programme at in Tottenham, and we're pleased to announce that clearview will be installing a second iteration of the show in Deptford.

Opening event: 17th March, 6.30 - 9pm

The exhibition is viewable 24/7 from the pavement on Brookmill Road. We recommend visiting in the evening to get the full effect of the lights.

Shahmaran, Kurdish snake goddess, possesses eternal life and wisdom of ages. Legend tells of a young man who stumbled upon an underground cave. Disoriented, his eyes fell upon a beautiful creature in the sultry half-light. She had the body of a snake and the head of a woman. She greeted him genially, but fearful that he would reveal her hiding place, she kept him close by regaling him with sweet stories. Years went by and eventually, once she had no more stories to tell, he wanted to return to his own kind. He had fallen in love with Shahmaran and promised never to reveal her location, and so she let him go. One day his Sultan fell sick, and the only known cure was to eat the flesh of Shahmaran. Reluctantly, he gave away her secret, thus she was captured and brought before the Sultan. Her secret, she revealed, is that whomever ate from her body would be healed, but whomever ate from her head would die. They killed her, and boiled her flesh. Lo, the Sultan ate from her body and was indeed healed. Distraught, her lover ate the poisonous flesh of her head so that he would die too. No sooner had he done this than Shahmaran’s secret was revealed. Her last, parting gift, was to leave a lie as her legacy: instead of dying, her lover received her secrets and her wisdom, and had to live with the guilt and sorrow of her murder forever.

Jala Wahid is an artist based in London, currently studying at the Royal Academy of Arts. Previous exhibitions include, 'And I'll Promise You' a performance part of the Serpentine Park Nights series; 'Promise Me', Jupiter Woods, Vienna and 'Your Mouth Is An Open Grave', All Welcome, Vilnius.

clearview is a contemporary art project with its base on Fountayne Road, Tottenham (Haringey, North London). clearview is a residency program, a project space, a series of events and a collective, dedicated to the vision of invited practitioners. clearview is not a game.


Action Time Vision
Mar 19

Action Time Vision

  • Lewisham Art House

We’re happy to announce that following on from winning the Deptford X Fringe 2016 Lewisham Art House prize, Soft Wax have announced their exhibition at the Arthouse in March. 

The exhibition will be open 8th – 19th March, Weds – Sun 12-6pm.


11th March: Preview night @ Lewisham Arthouse 6.30 – 11pm.

18th March: Club night @ The Duke, featuring Tessa (The Slits) and Ras Danny Mosiah.


Action Time Vision is an immersive exhibition that fuses installation, traditional representation and live performance. A.T.V. takes its inspiration from events that happened in the immediate area, over half a decade, starting 40 years ago. Some of these occurrences, like the Battle of Lewisham and the New Cross Fire, were of lasting national significance. However this show also celebrates more parochial phenomena, such as the lasting role of Deptford Street Market in promoting social cohesion.

A similar role has been played by the local independent music scene and that too will be a focus, with particular emphasis on the Sound System scene and Rock Against Racism. The largely moribund technology that was used to consume music and promote alternative ideas back then will also be explored. There will be opportunities to play recorded media on vintage equipment and to produce mix tapes. Fanzines and other expressions of Cultures of Resistance will be celebrated too.

As a reflection of the importance of Rock against Racism concerts and Sound System dances to this cultural milieu, the Preview Night will feature a live show, at the venue, on 11th March. This will feature live bands, specialists DJs and an environment heavily dressed for the occasion. There will be a follow up event on the following weekend, at The Duke, featuring Tessa (The Slits) and Ras Danny Mosiah.

Local Historian Carol Pierre lends her expertise to the show. Contributing visual artists will include: Amanda Knight, Allison Phillips, Fret, Jim Cauty, Other World Arts and Yerman Wax. Sonic contributors will include The Laura Trombone Band, Rebel Sister Sound, Tom Phobic, Waxy and The Ukadelics.


SALT. magazine – issue #9 launch – The Furies
7:00 pm19:00

SALT. magazine – issue #9 launch – The Furies

SALT. Magazine is a contemporary art and feminism journal based in London. On 1st March please join us to celebrate the launch of our 9th issue, themed 'The Furies'. The Furies are femme spirits of justice and vengeance, their names are Endless, Punishment and Jealous Rage.

The Furies, who can never be adequately formalised, differing in number and name, being both women and at once a storm cloud or swarm of insects, will act as a entry point into discussions of contemporary embodiment and rage. In this issue we turn to writing and artworks that use frustration or shame to boil up and out of oneself, becoming animal or becoming monster. 

Join us for an evening of readings and performances from Jessica Worden, Dyveke Bredsdorff, Morgan Potts, Alex Quicho and the collective Erinyes.

Dyveke Bredsdorff is currently studying for a Masters at the Slade. Dyveke works within sound, video, text, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.

Erinyes is a collective of women artists investigating a range of aspects of sound in relation to space, atmosphere and absence of the image. Erinyes acts as a platform to bring together artists to explore multi-vocality, rhythm, time, formal and informal speech, narrative and noise, used both as material and inspiration. Current contributors are Jenna Bliss, Jenna Collins, Marina Elderton, Hannah Catherine Jones, Adrianna Palazzolo, Diana Policarpo, Cara Tolmie, Nicola Woodham (UK, USA, CA, PT) 

Morgan Potts is a writer, non-binary trans activist, and artist. He's a queer transsexual anarchist (there is no escaping them; they are all around you). He likes bikes and plants and science fiction.

Alex M.F. Quicho is a writer and cultural researcher in London. Born in Boston and raised in Manila, she writes about identity, futures, and soft power in art and design.

Jessica Worden is an artist and writer who works across disciplines, combining poetics, image-based media and sound in publications and live performance. She explores overlaps in pleasure, trauma and historical lore from a queer feminist perspective and considers how these impact perceptions of precarity, femininity and mental health. 

Image credit - The Infernal Ones - Georgia Haire

Magazine contributors: Alex M.F. Quicho, Candice Lin, Caspar Heinemann, Deirdre Canavan, Enzo Camacho & Amy Lien, Erin Eck, Erinyes, Georgia Haire, H.P. Parmley aka human pony, Hannah Regel, Jala Wahid, Jessica Worden, Mali Collins-White, Mariana Portela Echeverri, Morgan Potts, Rebecca Ackroyd, Rhoda Boateng, Sisters Uncut, Stacy Skolnik, Taisia Kitaiskaia & Katy Horan, Thea Smith, Yessica Klein

This is a free event, no need to book.

4:30 pm16:30

Platform 2016 Screening & Artists' Q&A

We will be screening selected artists films by the Platform 2016 artists, and having a discussion with artists Barry Patten, Manuel Mathieu and Joey Holder, about their moving image work and practice. With festival manager Thea Smith.

Tickets £3 from

16.30 – 18.00 Sunday 25 September 2016. Deptford Cinema, 39 Deptford Broadway, London SE8 4PQ.

3:00 pm15:00

Artist Talk: Manuel Mathieu

Manuel Mathieu will give a brief talk about his Platform 2016 commission for Deptford X, after which there will be time for a few questions.

Please note the location of this talk is in a public square. Volunteers will be on hand to direct people to the correct spot.

Deptford X Gallery, 9 Brookmill Road SE8 4HL.

Please book a free ticket here

Family Art Workshop
2:00 pm14:00

Family Art Workshop


As part of Deptford X Festival, Anthology invites you to join a free workshop for an afternoon of laughter, play and art exploration. 

Sign up here

Join artist Hannah Clayden to explore ideas around laughter and architecture, in a free family workshop that children will love! Come along for some large scale collaborative making as we re-imagine how buildings work, taking inspiration from Anthology’s Deptford Foundry. What kind of bridge could you build out of cocktail sticks? What if the tallest building in London was a giant slide? Parents are encouraged to get stuck in too!

Hannah Clayden’s art is primarily collaborative. Working across disciplines she deliberately blurs the boundary between art and everyday life, often using humour to take existing situations and re-imagine them. Through play and games, she encourages others to take risks, make mistakes and develop new ways of relating to each other.


This activity workshop is most suitable for children aged between 7 – 11 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Oct 2

Tours of Deptford X Festival

Walking tours of Deptford X Festival every day during the festival featuring Platform 2016 commissions and Fringe Highlights. Roughly 1.5hrs and covers approx 1.5miles.

2pm Sat 24 Sep & Sun 25 Sep.

5pm Mon 26 & Tue 27.

2pm Wed 28 – Sun 02 Oct.

The tours will depart from Deptford X Gallery & Information Hub, 9 Brookmill Road SE8 4HL.

Please book a free place via eventbrite

Aug 28


  • DX Gallery

We are delighted to announce that during August, DX Gallery will host the exhibition LUNCH BREAK, curated by Elaine Tam. Join us for the opening of this exciting show on Thursday 28 July 6.30 - 9pm. 

Image courtesy of Jack West

5:00 pm17:00

DISCUSSION: Art and Politics in Japan : The Legacy of the 1960s Saturday 28 May 2016, 5–7pm

  • Deptford X

A Talk by Art Historian and Curator KuroDalaiJee (Kuroda Raiji)

Undercurrent of Anti-Modern Performance Art in 1960s Japan by KuroDalaiJee

Art historian and curator Kuroda Raiji is travelling to Deptford to introduce and discuss the legacy of the highly politicised and controversial performance art of Japan in the 1960s.

The discussion will be introduced and moderated by Adrian Favell, author of Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art since 1990 (Blue Kingfisher, 2012)

Organised by Eiko Honda, independent curator, overseas curatorial fellow of the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, and Kaori Homma, Art Action UK.

Please book tickets  HERE

Image: Zero Jigen, Ritual at Hosei University, Tokyo, 1971
Courtesy of Kato Yoshihiro