top of page

Walking Deptford's Legacy of Slavery

The first public output of our partnership with MoSAF Museum of Slavery and Freedom, curating and commissioning artist responses to the relevant local historical heritage in Deptford, SouthEast London.

12 February 2022, 2.30 PM - 8.00 PM Empathy & Risk, 1 Borthwick Street, London SE8 3GH


Museum of Slavery and Freedom (MoSaF) is a community group operating from Deptford that campaigns to raise awareness about the substantial historical role of London in the Slave Trade, and the local stories of fight for freedom.

The project brings together individuals and non-profit organisations that share the MoSAF value and mission. Co-leading organisation partners include Action for Community Development, Empathy & Risk C.I.C. and Looking Forward C.I.C. joined together to complement their respective competencies in heritage, communities, research and visual arts.

During the launch event of February 2011, we will officially introduce the partnership and present to the audience the MoSAF Map, a physical map highlighting the unique heritage of the area through a selection of eleven locations identified by MōSaF as key spots for the history of the triangular trade. The map is printed in 15.000 copies with texts by Dr Helen Paul and Sue Davies and the design being commissioned to Greg Bunbury, award-winning graphic designer and diversity & inclusion consultant.

The event also include an artist roundtable on giving contemporary art responses to historical trauma.

Artists Sonia Barrett, Greg Bunbury, David Cotterrell and Keith Piper will be present on the day.


2.30 pm General welcoming 3.00 pm Institutional greetings from Lewisham Mayoress 3.15 pm Presentation of MoSAF by two founding members Joseph Oladosu and Judith Hibbert 3.30 pm Launch of the MoSAF Map commissioned to Greg Bunbury with a talk by lead researchers Sue Davies and Helen Paul about locations in Deptford connected to the history of the slave trade 4.00 pm Break with West Indies food 4.30 pm Artist discussion on giving contemporary art responses to historical trauma. With Sonia Barrett, David Cotterrell, Keith Piper - moderated by Carolina Lio 6.00 pm Deptford Film Club. Screening films by Helen Cammock, Keith Piper, Joyce Treasure


Within a timeframe of 18 months starting from February 2022, we plan to realise a series of temporary public art commissions in Deptford that will look at the history of slavery and at the contemporary identity of the black community, celebrating social justice and involving the local residents. Collateral activities and outputs include two residencies for Western African artists, the production of a digital publication and extensive visual documentation. All activities of MoSAF are inclusive, participative, open to the broader community and provide an enriching experience. We also focus on capacity building for young people, providing opportunities to collaborate with creative professionals and develop new skills and competencies. Event supported by SHAPESLewisham, Lewisham’s Creative Enterprise Zone.


bottom of page