RSVP Deptford


RSVP London is a creative industries network, based in Deptford. Established by local digital design firm Raw Nerve, the network meets through regular informal events in Deptford venues.

Last night, Brockley Central attended one of RSVP's networking events at Bearspace, a small gallery on Deptford High Street. We were thoroughly useless networkers, hobbled by two young children in tow (if anyone tells you a gallery full of young artists is a kid-friendly venue, don't believe them) but it was clear that everyone else was getting a lot out of it and the events prove that Deptford has succeeded in attracting the critical mass of artists and creative entrepreneurs that it has been threatening to build for many years.

17 comments:

Tressillian James said...

Nick - I agree that Deptford seems to be fulfilling its potential. Recently I have bought a dining room table from wayne maxwell designs (www.waynemaxwell.com) and commissioned a portrait (not of myself) from James Allen (www.jamesallenapaintings.com). Both based from studios in Deptford.

mg said...

The Deptford Project made this week's Time Out best secret caf├ęs feature.

An American Skeptic said...

Deptford's still a work in progress...it's going to need another few years at least before its fruits come to bear.

love detective said...

always wondered what a 'creative' looked like, cheers for the pic

John said...

Deptford's galleries display contemporary art. They must be commended for doing so. It's important that the local area is introduced to new, and old, talent. Julia Alvarez will no doubt talk you through her exhibitions at the Bearspace Gallery.

The fact that most of it is an abomination shouldn't put people off from visiting.

Anonymous said...

I was struck by the first comment in this thread, but the recession seems to have bypassed by Brockley.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with the first comment?....seems to be bigging up local businesses to me.

M said...

I think they are expressing surprise that people are buying things in a recession, for some reason.

Anonymous said...

M, come on that's a bit naughty. There's buying things and there's buying specially commissioned things. I'm feeling the pinch, but i'm glad others aren't. It was a simple musing, that Brockley and environs generally seems to be doing alright.

Brockley Nick said...

you were able to conclude all that from the fact that one person bought a table and a picture during an unspecified time period?

M said...

Fair enough, I wasn't sniping - I'm just surprised you're surprised! The recession obviously affects some people but not others - regardless of where they live.

Tressillian James said...

Yikes - let me clarify - though not sure I should have to:

Table was bought in the sale in January - I'd saved up and done without for 2 years until I got the right one. It was the same price as a mass produced IKEA table.

The painting was of my partner and a celebration of our 5th anniversary.

But more to the point, and the only reason I mentioned it on this thread - there are creative people (James Allen has had his own thread here on BC) producing great objects locally in Deptford. I was suprised (quite wrongly) to find all this on our doorstep.

Anonymous said...

That comment plus all the things that are happening; businesses opening, new developments, demand for remaining property buoyant.

Headhunter said...

I thought the recession was officially over anyway? Certainly the investment banking sector has massively picked up. Banks are hiring like crazy, I've barely got time to make comments on Brockley Central it's so busy at work. Nightmare situation.

Tamsin said...

But are they lending again to "real" businesses - or only to each other?

I do have some moral qualms at the news that the banking industry is alright, Jack, and bouncing back while there was real grief and suffering out there as a result of the transaction/commission driven irresponsibility of those same banks and their knee-jerk reaction when they received the shock of not to lend anything to anybody.

Headhunter said...

I think you're thinking about commercial banking and their lending. Not sure about whether commercial banks are lending to "real" businesses but investment banks are back with trading revenues up and hiring back on. I think corporate finance activity and bond issuance is up too and there is tentative interest in the high yield an leverage markets which is partly what got us into trouble in the 1st place. We alo had a search out earlier in the year for Head of FIG Securitisation which was quite surprising.

With regard to commercial banks lending again, part of the problem is that banks are now required to sit on more capital than previously, saving for a rainy day. Whilst they have to retain that capital against potential troubles they can't lend on the same scale that they used to, whether they want to or not.

Like it or loathe it, banks have bounced back, but my boss as saying earlier in the year, he thinks they're getting ahead of themselves somewhat and we may be in for another down turn later in the year

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