Deptford Stories
Art. Music. Theatre. History.

1 – 16 November 2014

Preview night: Friday 31st October, 5-9pm
Family open day: 1
st November, 11-6pm
From 2nd to 16th November, by appointment

Anthology Deptford Foundry
Arklow Road Trading Estate
London, SE14 6EB

Curated by hARTslane, produced by Greenspace, initiated and funded by Anthology.


Deptford Stories Arts Festival launched on 31st October and 1st November at Anthology Deptford Foundry to celebrate the lives and legends of Deptford. Thirty artists exhibited an array of mixed media installations, sculptures, photographs, lights displays, textiles and tiling – attracting over 900 visitors across two days. The festival allowed new property developer, Anthology, to connect with the local community in an authentic and exciting way.

Curated by experimental arts space, Harts Lane Studios, and produced by Greenspace on behalf of Anthology, the festival’s priority was to involve the local community and create something truly unique to Deptford.

Local collaboration was crucial to the success of Deptford Stories, with support from Lewisham Council, Goldsmiths, University of London, Deptford X, and SLAM (South London Art Map) who helped promote the festival. Lewisham Historical Society Archive kindly helped with research into the past of the Arklow Road Trading Estate.

As well as commemorating the legacy of the local area, Deptford Stories celebrated the future generation of Deptford, by involving Childeric Primary School to showcase their artistic talent and contribute towards the 28 metre long community quilt made by Harts Lane Studios that decorated the front warehouse space.

In(ep)trepid Theatre group provided an immersive production of British playwright Christopher Marlowe’s final night and subsequent unsolved murder in Deptford. In(ep)trepid also created a soundscape installation which transported visitors back to when engineering company, J.Stone & Co occupied the site. 82-year-old George Arthur, who used to work at the site in the 1960s, narrated the soundscape.

Refreshments were provided by Pig&Rig, Brockley Brewery, The Black Cab Coffee Co and Grilleas Fogg throughout the two-day festival.

Creative agency and event producer, Greenspace, created the Deptford History display, and developed a unique Deptford Stories identity, by taking inspiration from the manhole covers made by J.Stone & Co. This distinctive graphic approach was then interpreted for banners, wayfinding, an event guide, limited edition tote bags and posters.



Participating Artists: Melissa Alley | Hermione Allsopp | Victoria Arney | Vanya Balogh | Clive Burton | James Capper | Edward Chell | Cedric Christie | Carla Cruz | Alex Culshaw | Mikey Georgeson | Lauri Hopkins | May Yeonok Jang | Caroline Lambard | Teresa Leung | Amanda Loomes | Holly Owen | Matt Parsons | David Redfern | Sam Risley | Ellen Camilla Rose | Pascal Rousson | Paul Sakoilsky | Margot Sanders | Katie Surridge | Paul Tecklenberg | Oscar Tornincasa | Paul Tucker | Tisna Westerhof | Rosalie Woods

Louisa Buck on The Art Newspaper
Arts Festival Unravels the Stories of Deptford
Paul Sakoilski's review
Deptford Stories, Engaging Communities
Deptford High Street

Supported by: Lewisham Council, Lewisham Historical Society, Goldsmiths, University of London, SLAM, and Deptford X