The FORMAT International Photography Festival is organised as a partnership between QUAD and the University of Derby and returns in March 2023 to transform the historic city of Derby into a vibrant showcase for the very best photography and lens-based media being produced today. For FORMAT23 audiences are being invited to stop, take stock and consider ‘What Photography Can Be’.
Across 12 venues more than 200 artists from 55 countries will be presenting work that examine themes including water scarcity and future food provision; migration; questions of what identity is and the implications of climate change. FORMAT23 will feature the return of the international Conference and two Portfolio Review days alongside the FORMAT Photobook Market.
The festival will feature exhibitions in key Derby cultural organisations including QUAD, Déda, Artcore and the Museum of Making, as well as revitalising repurposed buildings and public places, celebrating work by a worldwide community of artists.
QUAD’s Young Advocates will also be choosing a selection of images to feature in a physical, photography exhibition that will take place in Derby city centre as part of the FORMAT23 Biennale.