Deptford schoolchildren treated to X-cellent art workshop

Deptford Foundry
2 years ago

The annual Deptford X festival kicked off last Friday (22nd September) with an array of exhibitions, tours and activities guaranteed to make the festival a success for its 18th year, supported by lead sponsor, Antholog.

Along with the extraordinary pieces of art scattered around Deptford for art lovers to enjoy, local year 6 pupils from Sir Francis Drake Primary School were treated to an exclusive art workshop hosted by Lauren Ilsley, one of the exhibiting [ALLOY] artists, showcasing work at the no format gallery as part of the festival.

The workshop saw the children head down to the no format gallery on Arklow Road to learn more about the different kinds of art they can both enjoy and aspire to create. The children were provided an insight into creation and architecture, in line with the themes of the Deptford X festival and heard from Lauren about the works she creates, before having a go at replicating works of their own in an immersive clay workshop.

Held in collaboration with the Anthology Deptford Foundry team, the class also enjoyed a tour of the interactive model of the neighbouring development, as well as being shown a sneak peak of the site’s progress from the viewing deck.

Ben Allen, Project Director at Deptford Foundry said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Deptford X festival for the fourth consecutive year and supporting the thriving art community in the area. The festival is always a huge success and is the perfect initiative to bring the local and wider community together to enjoy the creativity on offer. Engaging with the local schools is the perfect way to introduce the next generation to the diverse types of art and inspire them to follow their own passions in the future.”

Lauren Ilsley, [ALLOY] exhibiting artist said: “It was fantastic to work with the Anthology and no format gallery team to host this art exhibition for the pupils of Sir Francis Drake School. The workshop was a great success and it was a really positive experience for everyone involved to watch the students take the original brief and create something truly unique and individual to them and their creativity.”

The 2017 festival runs until 1st October with emerging artists showcasing their work in public spaces in and around the Deptford area. These exhibitions run alongside the Deptford Fringe – artists exhibiting independent projects across various venues - as well as other activities and initiatives open to all.

For more information on Deptford X visit