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Exhibition Explorations: FORMAT19

Exhibition Explorations: FORMAT19

Bring FORMAT International Photography Festival into your home with this week's Exhibition Explorations. 

3D virtual exhibition tours produced by V21 Artspace

This week, we'll be travelling back to the not-so-distant past of 2019 to explore FORMAT Festival exhibitions that took place at over 20 venues in Derby and across The Midlands.

FORMAT is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media. It organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally and welcomes over 100,000 visitors from all over the world to its biennale editions.

The festival and off year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice and feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive. We are concerned with what is happening right here, right now in the scene and beyond, whilst sharing and contributing to it.

To help in your gallery exploration, we have a number of resources below to help you better understand the show, and help young ones to discover art in a new way by questioning the digital world around you.

FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. 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, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

Since its inception each major festival adopts a core theme around which it is curated together with the core structure featuring, but not limited to:

FOCUS: Exhibitions, Commissions, Mass Participation

EXPOSURE: International Open Call

FLASH: Events, Talks, Performance

DEVELOPMENT: Master Classes, Portfolio Reviews, Talks

The biennale edition incorporates over 30 of Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks including: QUAD, University of Derby, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues in nearby cities.

FORMAT is organised QUAD and DMARC (Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre of the University of Derby). Supported by Arts Council England and multiple partners from the UK and around the world.

Courtesy of V21 Artspace

Resources:

Questions To Ask At An Exhibition
Write an Exhibition Review
FORMAT19 Assignment Pack for Young People
FORMAT19 Photo Reporter's Pack for Children

Image credit: Seunggu Kim