Deptford X is London's longest running contemporary visual arts festival and has been experienced by over one million people since its inception in 1998. This year the festival runs 23 September - 2 October.
Five emerging contemporary artists will be commissioned to produce a substantial new public work, responding to the context of Deptford X. The new core programme will offer key support to young artists with great potential at an often overlooked stage of their nascent careers. This is a focussed programme that offers the chosen artists an exciting commission and development support, and provides the art world and the public with a talent showcase and ambitious new work that responds to the festival's unique context.
The Platform 2016 artists are Johann Arens, Joey Holder, Manuel Mathieu, Berry Patten and Takeshi Shiomitsu. These five artists have been selected from a shortlist panel of art world experts.
The ten-day festival will see this ambitious visual arts projects installed in a diverse range of sites and venues across Deptford, South East London. The form the core programme of the festival named 'Platform 2016' which sits alongside the parallel Fringe festival.
Deptford X will facilitate a dynamic and event-packed Fringe festival to encapsulate what is great about art in the local community.