Family-Friendly Highlights for Deptford X

It’s that time again! So quickly in fact, it caught me on the hop for my write up!

Celebrating its 18th birthday this year, contemporary arts festival Deptford X returns to the galleries, studios, pubs, churches, shops, cafes, libraries and even ex-police cells of SE8.  This year’s theme is Deptford Conversations, showcasing locally relevant work by over 360 established or emerging artists.

Kicking off with the fantastic APT Open Studios this weekend, over the next week we’ll see a feast of free workshops, performances, installations and group exhibitions, many of which are suitable for visiting families.

Here’s my pick of the best:

For Families to see:

Until 4th October, 144 Deptford High Street, London, SE8 3PQ
Running day and night this computer-generated parade of video game characters creates a unique visual showcase through multiple screens, live in the window of the local Salvation Army shop.

Until 4th October, Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Square, London, SE8 4RJ (Mon-Fr 8am-10pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm)
Building on her comic book work from last year’s Deptford X, this year’s lead artist Janette Parris uses her conversations with locals and stallholders to present a brand new animation about Deptford. Screenings will take place daily during the festival. The space is also home to a superb Children’s library collection.

For Families to participate:

Until 4th October, Various locations including Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Square, London, SE8 4RJ (Mon-Fr 8am-10pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm)
Now widely known for their pop-up ping pong, Ping are raising the stakes for Deptford X by contributing ping pong inspired artworks in public places throughout Deptford. Promising 5 tables, 15 artists and 150 bats, all you have to do is find a table and play.

Thurs 1st October 6.30pm & Sat 3rd October 3.30pm, New Cross Learning Library, 283-285 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AS
As well as repeating last year’s popular The Orchestrated Waste Procession, artist Margaret Jennings, acclaimed for her artistic reuse and recycle of everyday waste, is inviting young and old to share their thoughts on the environment in 10 words of fewer. Contributions to the participatory performance will be filmed for future use.

For children to be inspired by other children’s work:

GUIDE Jack Brown and pupils from Tidemill School
Exhibition of persona costumes daily until 4th October & Open workshop Thurs 1st Oct, 4pm – 6pm
The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG (Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm)

Exploring the idea of public tours of Deptford, and suggesting that everyone has a unique bank of knowledge and experiences that can make them a memorable guide, pupils from Tidemill Academy work with artist Jack Brown to create their own guide personas and help you find yours. Places for the workshop need to be booked via email

7 DAYS Margaret Jennings
Exhibition Tues 29th Sept to Thurs 1st October 10am-5pm & Sat 3rd October 10am-5pm
New Cross Learning Library, 283-285 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AS

Linked to Voice Out and The Orchestrated Waste Procession, this group artwork is the result of a workshop whereby children re-appropriated waste materials in order to reflect their experiences and spontaneous memories from fun and educational summer days out.

Deptford X runs at various venues across Deptford until 4th October 2015.
See website for the full programme.


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