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. Over the first ten days of autumn, we present a series of ambitious commissioned artworks, as well as presenting the work of a wider community of mostly local artists through the Deptford X Fringe.
The festival is made up of two programmes: Platform 2017, a set of five commissions for emerging artists in public space, and Fringe 2017, our open programme of independent projects. Deptford X will also present special projects and learning and engagement activities.
Festival programmes will take place over 10 days in a wide range of public sites and spaces; many projects will engage audiences in active and unexpected ways. The scope of this year’s festival is more interdisciplinary than ever before, bringing together performance, moving image, sculpture and sound installation.
This year’s Platform 2017 artists – Evan Ifekoya, Project O, Sam Austen, Sisters from Another Mister, and Tom Ireland – have been carefully selected from a shortlist of nominations by a panel of art world experts. These are Attilia Fattori Franchini, Haroon Mirza, Heather Phillipson, Legacy Russell, and Richard Parry.
The Deptford X Fringe is an open programme strand for independent projects, facilitated and supported – but not curated – by Deptford X. It runs in parallel with the core programme, and is a celebration of the long-standing creative communities based in Deptford. We are currently inviting artists, curators and local venues to propose projects for the Fringe, and will be accepting proposals until 23 July 2017. The submission criteria are available via the website http://www.deptfordx.org/fringe.
Alongside Platform 2017 we will present a new Special Project in DX Gallery for the duration of the festival. D.A.T.A. (the Deptford Anarchist Tapestry Association) will use the gallery as a base to create anchor-shaped helium balloons, which will be taken out to different venues in Deptford each day of the festival.