Three young Lewisham residents will exhibit their first ever artwork at Deptford Does Art as part of the upcoming Deptford X Festival held on Deptford High Street (16-25 September).  

The exhibits are a result of a 16-week screen-printing course run by our ArtHouse Project. The young artists worked with the charity’s creative arts team, community-based screen-printer Liam Richardson and artist Caitlin O’Reilly to learn a variety of print-making techniques including screen-printing, lino-printing, contact prints and mixed media. 

Exhibiting under the name of Manus in Manu Print Collective, the artists have created prints, tote bags and clothing for sale under the theme of ‘The Origin’. Profits will go directly to the three young artists and can be bought at Deptford Does Art. 

The launch event will be hosted at Deptford Does Art on 17 September, 5-8pm with music performances from young musicians at Single Homeless Project. 

Meg O’Malley, Arthouse Manager at Single Homeless Project said:

“We believe that everyone has the right and potential to make great art and this exhibition is proof of that. I’m really proud of our young artists. The screen-printing course has given them a chance to explore their creativity, build confidence and develop relationships. Putting on an exhibition has also shown real entrepreneurial spirit and I have no doubt that this experience will inspire them into arts focused education and employment.” 

Bradley, one of the young artists from Lewisham has enjoyed the experience which exceeded his expectations. He said: “I was just looking for something to do when I joined the course, but it has really helped me find my creativity. I’m looking forward to seeing the response of visitors who come and see our work.” 

Zuzana Greenham, Owner/Founder from Deptford Does Art is looking forward to using the exhibition to show that art is for everyone. She said:

“We are excited for the opportunity to host a series of screen-printed art by Manus in Manu Print Collective supported by Single Homeless Project. In our modern society, art is a universal way for people to express themselves and share their feelings with the world. Art is an important avenue through which to connect with others, regardless of circumstance. This is a great opportunity to experience the creative endeavours of this diverse group of artists and even purchase a piece of art for your home.” 

The Deptford X Festival runs from 16-25 September. For more information, check out our Arthouse page or visit the Deptford Does Art website -