15 March - 14 April 2019

FORMAT International Photography Festival is back with exhibitions, talks, photobook market, workshops and more.

The festival was established by QUAD in 2004 and is 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 festival editions 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 the University of Derby.

Watch a brief introduction to the Format International Photography Festival Film credit 'Troika Press'.


Here's a pick of what's on;


FORMAT International Photography Festival, established in 2004, is the UK’s largest international biennale of contemporary photography... read more

FORMAT19: Kensuke Koike - 15 Mar - 9 June

UK premiere and new commission by Japan born,Venice based artist Kensuke Koike, who is a conjurer of materials such as found photographs, he... read more

FORMAT19: Open Call - 15 Mar - 9 June

FORMAT19: Open Call - 15 Mar - 9 June

Exhibitions, Festivals

Artists: Maria Sturm, Karl Ohiri, Liza Ambrossio, Steven Barritt, Garrett Grove, Xu Guanyu, IC Visual Lab (Alejandro Acin & Isaac Blease... read more

FORMAT Festival Guide

Download FORMAT Festival Guide PDF

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