Since 1999 Deptford X has brought an annual art extravaganza to the unique setting of Deptford, combining work by invited artists with that of the area’s diverse creative communities. Since 2016, a revitalised programme has focused on commissioning cutting-edge work by emerging artists and a radically open, artist-centred approach. 👌🏽
At its heart are two programmes which together give the festival its unique character:
Platform, a set of five commissions for emerging artists in public spaces
Fringe, an expansive open programme of independent projects
Deptford X will also present a commissioned Special Project and a range of tours, talks and learning activities.
Festival programmes will take place over 10 days in a wide range of public sites and spaces; many projects will engage audiences in active and unexpected ways.
A new and groundbreaking 4D immersive experience featuring a full cast of highly-trained actors ready to twist and turn you through film-grade sets designed by the best, to do their worst. 😱
Decaying in the depths of Brentwood, a blood-soaked path draws you towards a vast, abandoned house. Inside, spirits are awoken and nightmares are realised as you embark on your battle through 12 rooms of sheer torture. These are your darkest fears so prepare to take centre stage in scenes reminiscent of Hollywood’s most terrifying films where you become the victim… are you brave enough to step inside?
Fight your way through each zone of terror as the house throws up a chilling array of physical and psychological challenges. You’ll find yourself exorcising a demon as you witness a possessed girl’s head twist 360 degrees and if you take a wrong turn in the ‘Macabre Maze’, you’ll meet a sinister fate.
With areas including Sci-Fi-Die, Krow Killers, and Medical Madness, you’ll join forces with up to 10 friends to see who can make it out alive! Should you survive the ordeal, you will have the choice to enter the mysterious Room 13, a room so intense, visitors are required to sign a waiver before entering because of the torture endured inside.
Visitors also have the option of receiving a video of the whole experience filmed on a GoPro, have photos taken in a specially themed booth complete with gory props as well as visit the weird and wonderful gift shop. Guests can also revel in the fright of others by spectating live on Fright Vision, while plenty of street food and refreshments will be available to help them level their nerves and bring adrenaline levels back down to normal.
This is the most complete and crazy, unforgettable and unique spooktacular experience in the country… dare you enter the House of Horror?
Visit London’s most interesting buildings! This year they have over 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours in the Open House programme. 🏘 🏙 🏘 🏙
This year’s programme explores how the new London that has been emerging the past 20 years is finally coming to fruition. New buildings, new kinds of buildings, new districts, new approaches to regeneration, women taking a leading role in making London, engineering excellence underpinning the capital’s successful reinvention – these all show how good design can make London a more enjoyable and vibrant city in which to live and work.
Extreme training. Secret missions. Total dedication. Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces.
This major exhibition presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of the Special Forces. Discover who these soldiers are, the skills they need, and the operations they’ve undertaken at home and abroad. 🇬🇧
Originating in the Second World War, the Special Forces is made up of five elite units, each with a unique role in British security and military operations. The exhibition looks at the work of these units as well as the skills and dedication needed to make the cut.
From real-life events, like the Iranian Embassy Siege, to portrayals in popular culture, go and explore the hidden world of the Special Forces.
Following her residency at Camden Arts Centre in 2016, Yuko Mohri returns with a new installation that orchestrates relations between electromagnetic force-fields, patterns of light moving through water and a reconfigured Yamaha reed organ from 1934. Developed responsively to the architecture and surrounding environment of the galleries, Mohri’s audio-spatial composition reveals the interconnectedness of man-made and natural processes, inviting non-human agents and chance factors to determine the score. 👐
In this new commission, error, improvisation and feedback figure in an acoustic environment that maps shifting relationships between material things and conceptual propositions. Music and sound are central to Mohri’s practice. Her involvement with the experimental music scene in Japan has included collaborations with Otomo Yoshihide and the internationally acclaimed composer, pianist and electronic musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. As part of Voluta, sound art pioneer Akio Suzuki will perform live in the gallery.
The Culture Mile will take over the markets in Smithfield as well as the surrounding streets, lanes and hidden spaces around Farringdon for a free, fun-filled festival spectacular. 🎉🎈🙋♀️🙆♂️
Smithfield 150 celebrates the 150th anniversary of Smithfield Markets and will showcase the best of London’s vibrant culture and creativity all for free.
Have a cocktail at the Roller Disco, dance at the main stage, be disgusted by London’s gory past with Horrible Histories, watch Stealing Sheep’s all-female percussion procession, invent party drinks with Company Drinks or let little ones chill-out at their own mini-festival hangout as part of London’s biggest birthday party.
Smithfield 150’s extensive programme extends across six festival zones and two stages, a selection of the most exciting talent, music, food and entertainments from across the capital set against a stunning Victorian backdrop.
For the past few years The Doctor’s Orders have had the privilege of throwing one of the most exciting free parties of the summer thanks to the Royal Festival Hall. 🔊 😁
Taking over the terrace with it’s view of the river Thames and London in all it’s glory, London’s kings of Hip-Hop have thrown the most spectacular parties of the year.
This year is set to be no exception as they invite young and old to join in celebrating 45 years of Hip-Hop with London’s finest.
A combination of DJs, dancers, beatbox performance and workshop and the host will take you chronologically through the day of Kool Herc’s first party back in August 1973 through Hip-Hop’s fledgling years and golden era right up to today’s hottest rap.
With elements to be enjoyed by all ages this is the perfect bank holiday Monday experience for everyone from the ageing b-boy to the fledgling Beastie Boy or Missy Elliot!
& Host Tama
+ performance and workshop by Kimmy Beatbox
The most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. 🎨👩🎨👨🎨🖌
With a first prize of £35,000, and a total prize fund of £74,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work. Over the years this has attracted over 40,000 entries from more than 100 countries.
The BP Portrait Award is in its thirty-ninth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-ninth year of sponsorship by BP and continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar. Since its launch it has been seen for free by over 6 million people.