FORMAT News: And we're off.....


14th March: 17.00pm

Over 200 artists. Over 50 exhibitions. Over 30 days.


Derby’s museums, art galleries, pop-up and renovated spaces and buildings will open their doors as the ninth edition of the FORMAT international photography festival gets underway.

Come and hear the opening speeches at the official opening at 17.30 in QUAD and then pop over to the Derby Market Hall where Craig Easton will introduce the UK wide project SIXTEEN at 18.30.

At the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, at 19.15 Senior Curator at the V&A, Martin Barnes along with Tony Butler will present the photography of Maurice Broomfield, followed by Gemma Marmalade and Patron of FORMAT Brian Griffin's welcome addresses at the Tramshed at 20.00.

Nearby at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery on the Wardwick the FORMAT19 Photobook Market will be open for business and the Scanning Social will copy your childhood photographs and youthful paper memorabilia to add them to the collections of the Museum of Youth Culture.

At the Smallprint Company, The Office of Revised Futures will be performing a live intervention as the five artists, Lewis Bush, Melinda Gibson, Hannah Hughes, Fernando Martin Gody and Mark Murphy work together on their collaborative installation.

After visiting the previews and listening to the speeches, you may be in need of refreshment so drop in to the Bustler bar for the FORMAT19 After Party and catch DJ Paul Lowe and special guest performance by Elvis (Bobby Aaron Diamond) and sample the street food market, Freedom Brewery craft beers, premium gins & cocktail menu, Inc Deckards, pan-Asian Bao buns, Street Chef, halloumi fries & more.


News from our Friends

Independent Photographers - Emerging Talent Award:

The Emerging Talent Award is designed to bring exposure to, and discover, the best upcoming photographers of all ages, all backgrounds and working in all photographic fields. The judge will be Jerome Sessini, a member of Magnum Photos since 2012 and a Canon Ambassador.

Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, fashion - there are no boundaries and we want you to release your creativity in as many inventive ways as you can imagine!

FREE ENTRY - To give EVERY photographer a chance to enter the competition, we are waiving fees for anyone who enters a single image!⁣
Prizes include $2000 in cash prizes, global exposure through publishing & exhibiting opportunities.

Deadline: March 31st, 2019. APPLY TODAY

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