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FORMAT Volunteer

FORMAT International Photography Festival is one of the largest contemporary photography biennales in the UK, showcasing both upcoming and established photography talent and reaching international audiences. It relies on a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to ensure a great experience for everybody involved.

FORMAT takes place from 12th March 2021 - 11th April (TBC) 2021, with launch night taking place on Thursday 11th March 2021.

In these unprecedented times, FORMAT21 has an ambitious programme of both online and real world exhibitions, events and portfolio reviews planned.

We are looking to recruit a variety of people from different backgrounds and with different levels of expertise and experience to help us deliver one of our most diverse festival programmes to date, through both online and real world volunteering opportunities.

FORMAT21 offers volunteers the invaluable experience of working with internationally renowned curators, photographers, and a festival management team, and the camaraderie of being part of an international arts experience. 

FORMAT will provide training, support and (for regular volunteers) a reference to help your future career. We can offer a great experience, working as part of a friendly and supportive team, to deliver one of the UK’s leading photography festivals.

We have online and real world volunteering opportunities in exhibition installation, online gallery creation, marketing, customer services, exhibition invigilation and real world and online events support. 

Volunteering opportunities will be running from mid December 2020 to late April 2021 for the different roles available.

Previous volunteers who have excelled in their roles by showing passion and dedication have gone on to be been employed by QUAD, FORMAT and many other creative organisations.

If you are interested in volunteering for FORMAT21, please fill out the application form and email it to us at, or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 31st January 2021.