24th March - 23rd April 2017

The 2017 edition of FORMAT, the UK’s largest photography festival will explore the theme of HABITAT. The biennial festival, now in its 8th edition, is a showcase for emerging talent alongside established artists. FORMAT17 will display work by over 200 international artists and photographers across 30 exhibitions, alongside a photobook market, portfolio reviews and a series of innovative events and performances.

The wide range of projects on display at FORMAT17 are connected by the theme HABITAT - exploring landscape, environment, mobility, migration, digital worlds, ideas of home and displacement, conflict and regeneration through the work of international photographers and artists. Rapid changes in the environment caused by industry, technology, conflict, migration and climate are accelerating at such unprecedented rates that the human impact on the Earth has pushed us into a new cultural geographical epoch or era known as the ‘Anthropocene’. With tangible impacts of these changes being recorded, FORMAT17 explores the effect, solutions and conditions of this state that we are in, on micro and macro levels worldwide.  

The festival includes over 200 international photographers, in over 30 exhibitions plus a range of events. 


Here's our top picks of what's on;

Your Photo Archive - 25 Feb - 23 Apr

Do you have any photos from Derby Photographic Studios including, The Derby Stereoscopic Co.; Richard Keene studios; WW Winter Photography Ltd? We’d love you to come and share your photos and stories of the photos, plus your experiences of photographic studios. There will also be a chance to photograph yourself in a specially recreated studio!

People, Places and Things - 23 Mar - 11 June

This exhibition explores early studio photography from 1854 onwards with a focus on the collection of W.W. Winter Studio in Derby, one of the oldest running studios in the world.

FORMAT17 Conference MORNING - 24 Mar

The FORMAT17 Conference will explore and discuss themes relating to the main festival, including Habitat, the Anthropocene, ecology of photography, photobooks, new practices, photography ecosystems, digital, socially engaged practices and commissioning.

FORMAT17 Conference AFTERNOON - 24 Mar

The FORMAT17 Conference will explore and discuss themes relating to the main festival, including Habitat, the Anthropocene, ecology of photography, photobooks, new practices, photography ecosystems, digital, socially engaged practices and commissioning.

FORMAT Photobook Market - 24 - 26 Mar

Riverlights, Derby

For the 2017 festival FORMAT have invited Sebastian Arthur Hau, co-founder of COSMOS, Arles and Polycopies, Paris to curate 20+ international publishers, independent imprint and a selection of self-publishing artists and collectives for this years FORMAT Photobook Market.

FLANEUR: Outdoor Lightbox Exhibition - Part of FORMAT17 - 24 Mar - 23 Apr

Cathedral Green, Derby

FORMAT have co-commissioned several international artists to photograph in North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

David Moore: Lisa and John, Look at us! - 24 Mar - 23 Apr

The Lisa and John project is a re-assement of photographer David Moore’s Pictures from the Real World. a documentary series from 1988 focusing on working class communities in Derby.

Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood : Be Here, Now - 24 Mar - 23 Apr

Riverlights, Derby

Artists Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood explore the soothing qualities of natural spaces in this immersive exhibition that fuses virtual reality, video, photography and sound. The artists — both working in the field of mental health and well-being — have responded to the theme of HABITAT by examining how different landscapes can offer safety and respite in today’s fast moving world.

FORMAT Open Call - Extra Gallery Spaces - 24 Mar - 11 June

This group exhibition presents the work of photographers who have been selected via an international open call for projects in response to the FORMAT17 festival theme of HABITAT, and showcases diverse approaches to the theme, ranging from projects concerned with human impact and ecologies to an autobiographical journey across the United States in search of family truths.

FORMAT: Ahead still lies our future - 24 Mar - 11 June

An exhibition in response to the FORMAT17 theme of HABITAT, curated by Hester Keijser and Louise Clements that presents artists who encourage the viewer to speculate about futures imagined on a global scale, as they are brought about by the technologically induced changes in our planet's biosphere on an epochal level.

FORMAT Portfolio Review - 25 March

The UK's largest portfolio review returns in March 2017, part of the FORMAT17 opening weekend.

Photographing Wildlife In Their Natural Habitat - 25 Mar

Join BBC Countryfile / Springwatch photographer Jack Perks as he takes you through the skills needed to photograph wildlife. The session includes tips that photographers of almost any skill level can adopt.

FORMAT 360 Degree Photo Walks - 1 - 19 Apr

For anyone aged ten and above, offers an opportunity to explore the FORMAT International Photography Festival and get hints and tips on taking great photographs, as well as inspiration from the artworks on display.

Symposium: Under the Dark Cloth - 8 Apr

Under the Dark Cloth: Working with Photography Studio Archives is an International one-day symposium at QUAD, Derby, presented to coincide with the exhibition People, Places, and Things: the W. W. Winter’s Archive, on show at Derby Museum during FORMAT17.

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