Hijack Reality Deptford X: How to Run an Art Festival

Bob and Roberta Smith, Matthew Collings

Hijack Reality Deptford X: How to Run an Art Festival
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Hijack Reality Deptford X: How to Run an Art Festival

Bob and Roberta Smith, Matthew Collings

The past decade has seen a massive growth in arts festivals, to the point where almost no city would be without one yet few have had the impact of Deptford X. Many of the hottest names in the contemporary art world including Dan Graham, Miltos Manteas, Stephen Pippin, Bernadette Corporation, Simon Startling and Julian Opie have been drawn to its unique atmosphere, and even launched their careers there. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, this book takes a look at the festival’s achievements so far, as well as its role in the redevelopment of this vibrant corner of southeast London. Illustrated throughout with works from past exhibitors, as well as photos that capture the spirit of the festival, this book is a must-read for all those who love arts festivals, as well as anyone who has ever worked with artists, is an artist or is thinking of becoming one.

Review

The past decade has seen a massive growth in arts festivals, to the point where almost no city would be without one. Apparently Deptford X is really successful, integrating diverse interests in the local community with big-name artists. With a foreword by Mathew Collings, Smith covers all the topics to consider for a successful event, at the same time as he documents Deptford X. His approach is subjectively irreverent (so I couldn’t agree with everything he says) and mildly useful as a practical guide.

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