Interactive arts festival planned for Anthology launch

Experiential agency Greenspace has revealed the launch event of property developer Anthology's Deptford Foundry project will include a pop-up art gallery, music and immersive theatre.

Artwork from Tisna Westerhof will be on display
Artwork from Tisna Westerhof will be on display

The two-day festival, dubbed Deptford Stories, will take place in the empty warehouses and workshops of the former site of the Arklow Road Trading Estate on 31 October and 1 November, and by appointment until 16 November. The event aims to celebrate the cultural history of Deptford, London, with artwork being produced by local artists in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London. 

The exhibition will include mixed-media installations, sculpture, prints, light displays, textiles and tiling. There will also be a unique community quilt on display, featuring designs from Childeric Primary School, New Cross.

Alongside the static installations, Liam Flemings’ immersive theatre group Ineptrepid will perform throughout the weekend. It plans to re-enact the last night of poet and rumoured local resident Christopher Marlowe on Friday night, as well as a surprise finale.

The multi-sensory experience will be heightened further with a soundscape featuring sounds and voices of the old foundry playing across the two days. Friday night will also see alternative jazz-funk band Lit FM play to the crowd, with violin-folk act JD and the Longfellows and electro swing band Booty Swing performing on Saturday. 

Caterer Pig & Rig will be dishing up a hog roast accompanied by its own soundsystem, while the Black Cab Coffee Company and Brockley Brewery will be serving hot drinks and craft beer respectively.

Mark Dickinson, managing director at Anthology, told Event: "We feel strongly about respecting the industrial heritage of the area and Deptford Stories will celebrate and build a legacy for the site through art, performance and archived history.  We hope future communities will know that they’re not living in a faceless development - we want to be able to preserve the spirit of the area. 

"It’s really exciting to be working with established artists and also students at Goldsmiths University to bring this event to life. As lead sponsors of the Deptford X festival earlier in the month, we have already witnessed first-hand the talent that exists in the area, and we want to be able to support the people and businesses that call Deptford home.  The feedback we’ve received from the local area regarding the event has been very positive, with lots of different people wanting to get involved and I can’t wait to see the outcome."

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