InspiralLondon is delighted to have created three unique walks, with InspiralLondon Associate Artists and guests, that explore the lesser known parts of Deptford, from its High Street sleepwalking into night fall. The Sleepwalkers’ Guide to Deptford was part of the opening month of Lewisham Borough of Culture, and follows InspiralLondon’s nightwalking activities: artists explore – the ghosts of the past that will not go away whatever develops here, the deep night mud of the Thames Valley that nourishes and shifts beneath our feet by Deptford Creek, mingled with the intensity of nightfall, a twilight zone where anything might happen. Come and see for yourself and make Deptford yours again…
Two family friendly walks entertained the crowds on the week 14-18 February (Jo McCormack & Sarah Sparkes’ Love around the Mulberry Tree; The Art of the Magic Lanterns’ Nautical Twilight Tour). Artists and Sleepwalkers reanimated the stormy streets of Deptford and some of its lesser known quarters; with monsters, maidens and masks; peppered the mulberry trees, graveyards, sidestreets, hosteleries, pubs, shopkeepers and creeks with jovial enlightenment.
Then for a final burst of Hypnagogic Sleepwalking of the City we joined Doctor Mikey Georgeson and poet Johny Brown with his trance team on the 4th March, trailing through Deptford’s haunted night time, in rich somnabulisms. Not so much Doctor Faustus as Doctor Solo/Caligari – in a night of rare Twilight, memories of the High Streets’ rich musical legacy in DIY fanzines and punkrock singularites.
Above images from Love around the Mulberry Tree (on evening 14th Feb) – are followed by images from Nautical Twilight Walk and A Sleepwalkers’ Guide to Deptford.
This walk was made with historic and hypnagogic care on the final Sleepwalking Walk event made on 4th March 2022: A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Deptford – that included free Hypnagogic Light Therapy at Badger Badger.