ondon’s longest running contemporary art fest will be spanning the width and breadth of SE8 for the 19th time this year. I know, can you believe it?
For the rest of September (from 21st), Deptford Market Yard Carriageway, Deptford Lounge Library and rooftop basketball court will be filled with artistic installations from some of the area’s most cutting edge creatives.
Nominated by renowned figures from the art world, there are six artists in the curated programme of Deptford X: Louise Ashcroft, Shawanda Corbett, Georgia Lucas-Going (see main image above), NT, David Steans and Laura Yuile. In addition there are nearly 500 more artists taking part in the festival’s renowned fringe programme in found spaces, art venues, shops, cafes, a church, a yoga studio and the market and other places in Deptford.
In the curated festival, Louise Ashcroft has extracted a series of poetic couplets from Deptford X’s Data Protection Policy, which will transform into a collection of performances, objects and experimental social experiences.
Meanwhile Shawanda Corbett is presenting a live performance and exhibition exploring the biblical and social implications of female disability during slavery. Inspired by self-taught survival techniques, Georgia Lucas-Going has made a new film about the lost loves of three generations of her family, which will be installed in a drop in centre and charity furniture shop for the elderly on Deptford High Street.
And if you’ve never been to SE8, this is as good a reason as any.
Main image: Georgia Lucas-Going, Home is Where the Work Starts 1988, 2018