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FORMAT International Photography Festival

  • Date: 27 May 2010
  • Artform: Visual arts
  • Area: Midlands
Korean Air Korean Air, Photo: Nick Turpin

FORMAT International Photography Festival is one of the UK's leading contemporary photography and related media biennales. Located in Derby, the festival includes exhibitions, portfolio reviews, workshops, commissions, summer school, conference, screenings, talks, photo collectives, publications, an international meeting place, opportunities for mass participation and much more. In the off years the festival organises a professional practice programme, a conference, talks and exhibitions.

The festival celebrates the wealth of contemporary practice in international photography. FORMAT is the place to see an incredible range of new work alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities to present the work of international photographers and providing links for local and national practitioners to show work, exchange opportunities, skills and knowledge.

Organised by QUAD in partnership with Arts Council England, Derby City Council and the University of Derby, the next full festival will takes place on 4 March - 3 April 2011 around the theme 'Street Photography: Right Here, Right Now.'

Festival Director/Curator Louise Clements said: 'FORMAT festival celebrates emerging artists alongside world famous artists and is the place to see what is new and innovative in photographic practice. This time the festival has moved up to a new level and that's largely because of QUAD, which gives it a real showcase and focal point.  FORMAT is becoming increasingly important for the East Midlands region and is one of the leading events in the UK cultural calendar. The festival is arguably up there with the best in Europe and was rated among the top 40 in a recent European survey, recognising that the quality and ambition of the work is fantastic.

'Derby has established roots in photography and our festival celebrates the past while developing new histories for the city and region. It will be difficult to miss FORMAT next year as the festival takes to the streets and comes alive with photography, making it an adventure to explore the city and discover the art. Already the impact, both creative and economic, has begun to be recognised, with the festival having an effect on the visitor economy with increased numbers staying in hotels, visiting restaurants or shopping while they are here.

'Our future plans include partnerships to develop the sale of artists' work, international awards for practitioners, international tours of festival exhibitions to China and India, plus satellite venues developing in London and Nottingham.'