21/01/2023 - 05/02/2023
Celebrating Community: Reflecting on the 2022 Deptford X Parade
‘Celebrating Community’ displays costumes and photographs from the 2022 Deptford X Parade, ‘The Earth is a Beehive’ by Jelili Atiku. Atiku is a Nigerian artist and activist, who was commissioned to produce a processional performance for the final day of Deptford X Festival 2022. Atiku collaborated with children from Lewisham schools; Edmund Waller Primary School, Turnham Academy, Watergate School, as well as Woodpecker Youth Group, to produce a spectacular parade around Deptford that drew on the complex histories of the borough and its people while celebrating the rich heritages and collectivity that persist in the present day.
The exhibition is an opportunity to see a film and photographs of the parade; Atiku’s costume; and to discover more about the ideas behind Aitku’s work. It is a family-friendly exhibition that includes collage workshops for children that celebrate what it means to live in Lewisham borough and be part of a diverse community.