Already in full swing the Deptford X Fringe Festival (22 Sept – 1st Oct) is an open programme that celebrates the strength and diversity of contemporary art practice and aims to transform the borough with the work of local artists.
Founded in 1998, the festival is deep-rooted in Deptford’s creative communities and presents an ambitious series of public artworks and new commissions. Since the first edition 18 years ago, the festival has grown to become one of the UK’s leading festivals of contemporary art.
The festival is free to visit, and offers two main strands of work.
Platform 2017: a series of five new commissions from emerging artists presented in public spaces in and around Deptford.
Fringe 2017: a vibrant open programme of local artworks.
Deptford X will transform Deptford and the surrounding area for 10 days, taking in a range of public spaces and places, engaging audiences in unexpected ways.
Visitors can expect a variety of interdisciplinary works including sculpture, photography, film, performance and sound installations, showcasing the best visual and sound art from the South East. There is also a series of special projects and learning and participation activities.
The 2017 festival is supported by Anthology, Deptford X’s lead sponsor, as well as receiving funding from Arts Council England and Lewisham Council.
The Platform programme puts challenging and radical art at the heart of the festival, whilst providing the chosen artists with a unique creative opportunity and ongoing support. The Platform 2017 artists are Evan Ifekoya, Project O, Sam Austen, Sisters from Another Mister, and Tom Ireland.
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