FORMAT Festival 2017 highlights

23 March 2017
The FORMAT Festival team pick highlights of this year's festival, which runs from 24 March - 23 April 2017.
Peter Bonnell, QUAD Senior Curator
- Sadie Wechsler: Part 1 Redo: in Ahead still lies our future exhibition at QUAD      
Wechsler’s images encapsulate, advertise and iconicise a reality that the artist controls, where space is mutable.
- David Moore:Lisa & John Oh My Days! at Cathedral Clock Tower
Based on Moore’s earlier work ‘Pictures from the Real World’ focusing on working class communities in Derby. The real Lisa & john, who Moore photographed in 1988, have been invited back to curate and select from their own archive alongside the artist.
- Daniel Regan & Antonia Attwood: Be Here, Now at Riverlights
An immersive exhibition exploring the soothing qualities of natural spaces. The artists focus on how various landscapes can be used to create calm, offer safety and provide respite in today’s fast moving world.

- People, Places and Things exhibition at Derby Museum and Art Gallery 
An exhibition of images dating back to the mid 19th Century of photographs from W.W. Winter Photography studios – one of the oldest such studios in the worlds, and based in Derby. These images evoke vivid memories of long-gone Derby people, places and things.

-  FORMAT Conference at QUAD, on Friday 24 March 9:30am - 5:30pm
Tickets: £30, £20 concessions 
The conference will cover topics such as ‘Habitat’, the Anthropocene, socially engaged practice, new technologies and photobooks. Speakers: Hester Keijser, Discipula, Liz Hingley, Tom Hunter, Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Poulomi Basu, Lars Willumeit and a special talk by Martin Parr where he looks back at his long and varied career.
Sebah Chaudhry, FORMAT Co-ordinator

· Christopher Bethell, FORMAT Open Call at QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces
A journey of exploration, Bethell travels across the USA to discover his heritage through the life of his Grandfather.
· Miia Autio,  FORMAT Open Call at The Smallprint Company   
This tells the story of Rwandan refugees living throughout Europe in cleverly juxtaposed images.
· Sheng Wen Lo, White Bears at Déda
Sheng Wen travels across 26 sites in Europe and China, documenting artificial habitats, focussing on the life and behaviours of White bears.
· Slovenian Photographers: Pucelj, Jazbec, Povše & Zorman, FORMAT Open Call at Pearson Building (next to Derby's St Helen's House)
This collective individually documented the recent refugee crisis of mostly Syrians, as they crossed the Balkan Route, each interpreting the catastrophe in their own way.
Michael Sargeant, QUAD Assistant Curator
· Flaneur: New Urban Narratives at Cathedral Green
A spectacular outdoor exhibition outside the Silk Mill featuring newly commissioned work by Tom Hunter, Discipula and Liz Hingley. Co-commissioned by First Art, all the projects were made in the former coalfields of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire
· University of Derby FORMAT17 Open Call, at University of Derby Markeaton Street Campus
Featuring 20 artists selected via the FORMAT17 open call, including work by John MacLean, who will be speaking at a Photoforum event on the 30 March, Jon Tonks, Ying Ang and more.
· FORMAT Preview: Film screening at QUAD Cinema on Wednesday 29th March at 6:30pm
Tickets: £8.20, £7.00 concessions
In 1960 Jane Jacobs’ book The Death And Life Of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities.

FORMAT Festival is organised by QUAD and the University of Derby.