Another X-citing year for local Deptford festival
This Autumn marked yet another successful run for the festivities of the annual Deptford X festival, which was proudly sponsored by London property developer Anthology for the fourth consecutive year. The festival saw residents, families and friends from Deptford and beyond in attendance of the many exhibitions and shows throughout the festival, hosted in some of the best venues that Deptford has to offer.
Lead sponsors, Anthology, was proud to be involved with the festivities by organising and hosting an engaging art workshop for the children of Sir Francis Drake Primary School, in accordance with Lauren Ilsley, one of the exhibiting [ALLOY] artists from the festival.
The 2017 Deptford X festival sought to build on the ambitious new curatorial framework that the festival organisers piloted in 2016, combining two main components of the festival: ‘Platform’ and ‘Fringe’. These two components of the festival were integrated into the packed 10 day programme, with exhibitions, walking tours, workshops and performances taking place in a wide range of public sites and spaces in and around the thriving hub of Deptford.
Ben Allen, Project Director for Anthology’s Deptford Foundry development, commented on the success of the 2017 festival: “The entire Anthology team was thrilled to be involved in the Deptford X festival again for the fourth year running. The festival showcases the ample undiscovered talent that Deptford has to offer and introduces the wider community to a whole variety of creations. The amazing work created and displayed throughout the 10-day festival proves what a vibrant and creative hub Deptford truly is, and how it is continuing to put itself on the map as a location – and we are thrilled to call it home to our Deptford Foundry development!”
Patrick Henry, Director at Deptford X said: “Deptford X 2017 has been really exciting, we can’t quite believe it’s over for another year! Last year was a big step forward but this year felt like a step change. This was particularly visible in the strength and ambition of our programme — from the Platform commissions to the Fringe and the quality of our marketing. We reached more people than ever, both online and in the galleries. As we approach our 20th anniversary in two years, we’re really gathering momentum. The only way is up!”
As a developer committed to building communities and giving something back to the areas in which it is building homes, Anthology was thrilled to see many of the local art projects featured within the festival – including the Artmongers ‘By the Way’ mural in New Cross, and the no format gallery, located in the arches of its Deptford Foundry development.
For more information on Deptford X visit http://www.deptfordx.org/