FORMAT Photography Festival, Derby | March - April 2018
We volunteered at Fable & Folk in 2017 where we took people on tours of Derby and invigilated exhibitions. This was a really interesting experience for me and came out of it wishing that I’d have been to the festival as a visitor as well as a volunteer. Another thing that struck me was how I’d never even heard of FORMAT and neither had many of my peers at university. This is why I wanted to write a little post about some of the events and exhibitions to encourage those who can to go and take a look - the work is truly inspiring and encapsulating (and most are free!).
FORMAT19 OPEN CALL
Did you know that FORMAT Photography Festival does an open call each year that it is on? Me either! This year FORMAT received 657 entries of over 10,000 images from 47 countries across 5 continents. The international panel of judges chose 54 projects to be exhibited in a number of venues across Derby.
The theme of the open call is FOREVER/NOW.
All the work at FORMAT is truly fantastic and it is definitely worth looking through all the exhibitions/events on the website. However, here are a few that we think are standouts:
Derby Market Hall
Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 17:00pm
A fantastic project to visit is the fantastic SIXTEEN - a multimedia project exploring what it is like to be sixteen years old in today’s Britain.
Derby Museum & Art Gallery
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 17:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 16:00pm
Archival work is vital in gaining inspiration for your current projects - seeing work from years ago and understanding the who, what, when, where and whys. This is why I would recommend checking out the selection of archival images from Maurice Broomfield.
TALKS AND EVENTS
THIS IMAGE: “THE STEREOTOPHIC: A MAGIC CARPET AND A TIME MACHINE ROLLED INTO ONE”
There are a variety of amazing talks and events on a FORMAT that sound fantastic are so worth checking out - again, most are free but click here to take a look.
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