Drawing the line – from Anchor to Cloud Chamber

Max Barnes

Deptford Does Art are proud to present

A celebration of the imminent return of the Deptford Anchor
Friday 19th January – Sunday 4th February
Preview: Friday 19th January 6.30-9pm

Venue Opening times: Wed-Sat 12-11pm Sun 12-10pm

In the gallery:
Drawing The Line
Max Barnes
Curated by Sayes Court Garden CIC

An exhibition which imagines dragging the anchor back to the high street, disrupting existing infrastructures and creating an ecologically rich new urban landscape.

In 2016, over 100 students at the University of Greenwich, in collaboration with Sayes Court CIC, focused on Deptford and Convoys Wharf. Max Barnes graduated with an MA in Landscape Architecture and his final project is presented here. Inspired by the campaign work of Deptford Is Forever, his proposal envisasges drawing a line between the Deptford Anchor’s temporary home at Convoys Wharf and its desired site of reinstatement in Deptford High Street. The line becomes a dramatic feature of the urban landscape.

Sayes Court is one of the two projects initiated by local people (the other being The Lenox Project) to preserve the historical legacy of Deptford Royal Dockyard, aka Convoys Wharf, that became part of the planning conditions of redevelopment on the site. Sayes Court embraces the important and internationally significant work of Deptford’s very own John Evelyn, and plans to build a cultural centre and flagship for innovation in urban horticulture and landscape architecture on the site of John Evelyn’s original garden.

In the café:
Give Us Back Our Bloomin’ Anchor
A campaign archive by Deptford Is Forever

When the Deptford Anchor was removed in April 2013 as part of regeneration works, Deptford Is Forever began campaigning for its return, building support over 4 years with interventions in the high street and a petition mounted in association with the Deptford Society which garnered over 4000 signatures. They present a visual record of their campaign.

Details of accompanying talks and events to be announced soon (happening first weekend in Feb).


Sayes Court Garden CIC
Web – sayescourt.org.uk
Twitter – @sayes_court
Facebook – @sayescourt

Deptford Is Forever
Web – deptfordisforever.net​
Twitter – @deptfordisforever
Facebook – @deptfordisforever

Deptford Does Art
Address – 28 Deptford High Street SE8 4AF