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Upcoming events

Alex Karaconji - Traffic Light

Screening and Artist’s talk

10 June 2023

1 Borthwick Street SE8 3GH London

6:00 PM

tickets £3.50 or donation / pay what you can  (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds)

A special event featuring the work of Alex Karaconji – a Gadigal land-based artist whose works range across drawing to painting and animation. His work is inspired by the relationship of people with their living environment, especially at present and what is a consistent part of it: surprise, change, nesting and relocating. Random moments creating long-lasting memories.

Down the road from my studio, there used to be a traffic-themed bike track for kids.

On the bus rides in, I’d often stare in amazement at how closely it resembled its life-sized equivalent: the traffic lights, speed humps, road signs.

It was demolished a year ago, but at the time I felt a strange affinity for the space.

Its precision overshadowed its function as a bike track, transforming it into a weirdly moving slice of adult life.

Like the bike track – but more intentionally – I try to make works that eclipse their function as visual representations. – Alex says about his work process.

artist website

alex karaconji traffic light

This event is hosted by Empathy & Risk. Thank you for your support to make it possible for us to function as a gallery and artist community.

Previous events

Stick Dolls with Clara Kelly

Making Workshop and Demonstration

12th March 2023


A special South American inspired doll making workshop and maker demonstration. Led by exhibiting artist Clara Kelly as part of her residency and solo exhibition, hosted at the dept.con.temporary studio.

Not much is known about the pre-Hispanic people of Peru who lived from around 1000 – 1470 CE. They are famous for the incredible textiles and dolls they created which, luckily, have survived due to the arid climate of the Andes and coastal regions of Peru and Chile. We will look at examples of these and others from around the world before picking up sticks to create our own.

Drawing on her practice of making textile sculptures Clara will show you how to create your own doll using a stick, stuffing, fabric and thread.

Clara Kelly, In The Belly of it All exhibition sculptures, 2023, photo by Jamie Temple

It's Real Inside

Life Drawing Class

21st September 2022 6:30pm

‘It’s Real Inside’ – a special life drawing class led by Lily Holder hosted at dept.con.temporary’s group exhibition ‘Its Real Outdside’.

21st September 2022 – 6.30pm

‘Its Real Inside’ is a life drawing session taking place in the gallery at dept.con.temporary as part of the group exhibition ‘It’s Real Outside’ taking place during Deptford X Festival Fringe 2022. This class will be hosted from the gallery surrounded by the works of 19 exhibiting artists, bringing together objects, still life, abstract and figurative works.

Lily Holder is a figurative artist based in South East London. Working directly with life models, she creates loose, abstracted drawings of the body that focus on the tension and experience of a pose, rather than the aesthetic. In her practice she works very quickly, often making multiple drawings of the same pose, each time attempting to lose the edges of the figure in order to zoom in on the human.

In her classes, Lily puts focus on short, dynamic exercises designed to help prioritising playfulness and fluidity over perfection and accuracy.

Lily Holder @lilyholder



It’s Real Inside life drawing class, 2022,  portrait of Lily Holder by Karolina Glusiec

South Bermondsey Art Trail Open Studios 2022

organised by Sid Motion Gallery and Charlie Billingham

26th- 27th August 2022


We have taken part at South Bermondsey Open Studios event organised by Sid Motion Gallery and Charlie Billingham. 

Artists at @dept.con.temporary studios:

Joshua Armitage

Karolina Glusiec

Frances Stanfield 

Jamie Temple 

Frances Stanfield, Jamie Temple and Joshua Armitage at dept.con.temporary studio at South Bermondsey Art Trail, 2022 photo by Karolina Glusiec

Fragments - Q&A with Edwin Rostron

Edwin Rostron

2nd July – 22nd July 2022

An exhibition of new paintings, drawings and animation from Edwin Rostron, ‘Fragments’ which is the artist’s first solo show.

These works come out of a time when Edwin was consciously trying to shift his practice into some new territory. The drawings were made quickly and spontaneously, often taking the form of imaginary portraits or abstract compositions. The animation works are mostly very short loops, also made very quickly, utilizing whatever drawings or other materials that were to hand, and usually shot on a phone in between other activities.


Fragments,  Edwin Rostron, 2022,  gallery view, photo by Jamie Temple

Sports, Sports, Sports!

evening of short films and music

17th June 2022 6:30-9:30pm


Sports, Sports, Sports! was an evening of short films and music with a screening programme curated by Karolina Glusiec and playlist curated by Jamie Temple.


Jamie Temple, Karolina Glusiec, Sports, Sports, Sports! a still from video ident, 2022

Friendsss - animation film screening and Q&A with Peter Millard

13th August 2021


A screening of a selection of films by Peter Millard followed by a Q+A with the artist.



Friendsss,  Peter Millard solo exhibition, 2022,  gallery view, photo by Karolina Glusiec


From 2021 to 2023 we were based on

Deptford High Street

currently we’re running events locally, online and worldwide

if you wish to collaborate please contact us