FORMAT19 Special: FOREVER//NOW 15th March – 14th April 2019

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Over 200 artists over 50 exhibitions over 20 venues over 30 days
"the biggest, best and boldest photography festival in the UK"

FORMAT International Photography Festival is back with exhibitions, talks, events, photobook market, workshops and more. Established by QUAD in 2004, it is now the UK’s leading festival of photography and related media. 

FORMAT organises a year-round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally.

Previous FORMAT festivals have welcomed over 100,000 visitors from all over the world. FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work alongside some of the best archives and established practitioners in the world. With comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review, FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be.
The biennale edition incorporates Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks including: QUAD, University of Derby, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Déda, Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues in nearby cities. FORMAT is organised by QUAD and DMARC (Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre of the University of Derby)

FORMAT was founded by Louise Fedotov-Clements and Mike Brown. FORMAT is Directed by Louise Fedotov-Clements.

Established in 2004 to date FORMAT has included Over 10,000 photographers, from 112 countries, seen by over 1,000,000 visitors.

Image credit
Seunggu Kim, Better Days

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Truly ambitious” Arts Council England

“Scholarly, stimulating” Francis Hodgeson, Financial Times

“Brilliant” Sean O’Hagan, The Observer

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 Innovative exhibition spaces

As well as the fabulous QUAD, FORMAT19 will incorporate over 30 of Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks as well as satellite venues in nearby cities.



Happy Ending

Japanese artist Kensuke Koike will present an exhibition of collages drawn from the city’s important photographic archives, W. W. Winter. Kensuke is a cut paper master who works with images and materials to produce intricate collages, installations and sculptures.


Mutable, Multiple

Mutable, Multiple is a story of stories, an exhibition that explores issues of entrapment and disappearance, misdirection, exile and longing, invisibility and alternative identities.




FORMAT FOREVER//NOW Open Call presents the work of over 58 photographers and artists who have been selected via an international Open Call in response to the FORMAT19 festival theme FOREVER//NOW. 


Exhibition previews and Afterparty

Thurs 14th Mar

Venues: QUAD, Market Hall, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, BEAR, Artcore, St Werburgh's Chapel, Pickford's House, Eagle Market Intu, Tramshed, Déda, Banks Mill, Unfold Arts, Furthest from the Sea (See for list of participating artists and venues) FREE

AFTERPARTY  9:00pm - midnight Bustler Street Market, John St, Derby

FORMAT19 DJ Paul Lowe and special guest performance by Elvis (Bobby Aaron Diamond). Bustler is an award winning street food market with a fully licensed bar featuring craft beers from Freedom Brewery, premium gins and cocktail menu. Food from Deckards, pan-Asian Bao buns, Street Chef, halloumi fries and more. FREE ENTRY

Photograph by Graeme Oxby

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Thierry Geoffroy: Critical Run

Fri 15th Mar

Join Thierry Geoffroy for a discussion on varied and important topics as you run the distance of 1 mile to the University of Derby in Markeaton Street. The Critical Run will be filmed and photographed and presented at the FORMAT19 Grand Awards Night. No special clothes or fitness level are required!

To take part in the Critical Run, meet at QUAD reception at 10.15am.

All Welcome. 

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Exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour

28th March 2019

5:00pm to 6:30pm

You are invited to an exclusive behind the scenes tour, refreshments & networking.

An exclusive look at FORMAT FOREVER/NOW exhibitions in QUAD with FORMAT Director Louise Fedotov-Clements.

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