Graduating in 2016, the four artists represented here from the University of Derby BA Photography course – James Finney, Emily Garfoot, Jane Jackson, and Lisa Nix – were selected by a panel of festival judges to exhibit their work at FORMAT17.

The FORMAT Graduates Award exhibition aims to give these upcoming artists further professional experience by exhibiting their work at one of Europe’s most prestigious photography festivals. Each artists adopts a distinct approach to FORMAT17’s central theme of HABITAT. James Finney’s large-scale hand-finished prints, part of a series titled Under Saturn, reference a melancholy and silence in the “world of things”. In her work, Space and Form, Emily Garfoot’s photographs focus on de-familiarising the home as a feminine domain, with surfaces that suggest absence of the female form. Jane Jackson’s documentary photographs of the recently demolished Jungle migrant camp in Calais, show make-shift homes and environments that embody hardship and desperation. Closer to home, Lisa Nix’s poignant installation, Fading Away, evokes her grandmother’s symptoms of dementia.


© Lisa Nix


Part of the University of Derby, Banks Mill Studios is situated just a short distance from Derby's Cathedral Quarter. 


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