Format Festival

What's On

FORMAT presents a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and professional development opportunities. Click on the headings to filter by type.


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25th February


Paul Hill leads the first Photoforum open session, inviting regulars and newcomers to share their own photography and gain feedback from other participants.

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15th March

The Usurp Chance Tour 2014

Dynamic ensemble performances exploring perceptual concepts of chance, time, listening and humour, and the breadth and parameters of improvisational approaches in music.

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© Bryan Schutmaat

16th March

Hungry Still

Co-curated by Slideluck London and QUAD, this exhibition showcases 24 international photographers presenting multimedia photo stories featuring incredible images and narratives from all over the world.

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© Kiana Hayeri

16th March

Present Perfect?

The exhibition Present Perfect? Contemporary Photography from Iran offers a unique look into the complex relationship between art, politics and everyday life in Iran.

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© David Severn

25th March

FORMAT Photoforum: People and Places

Nottingham-based social documentary photographer David Severn joins us for the March edition of Photoforum.

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28th March

FORMAT International Portfolio Review

FORMAT is proud to present a weekend of professional practice talks, portfolio reviews and more during our off-year activities.

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28th March

Holy Smokes! presents Sweat Shop ft. Islet

Holy Smokes! and FORMAT presents Sweat Shop featuring Islet + support

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29th March

Max Kandhola: The Aura of Boxing - The Contact Sheets

A photographic study, begun in 1996, into the aesthetic and moral conflicts of the boxer within the spatial interior of the pugilistic landscape.

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29th March

FORMAT International Portfolio Walk

An opportunity to meet the image makers taking part in the FORMAT Portfolio Review 2014.

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29th March

Al Pitcher - Photo Comedian

Back by demand of the hip and popular!

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10th April

Max Kandhola: Exhibition Tour

Join photographer Max Kandhola for a tour of his exhibition, followed by a talk on his project The Aura of Boxing.

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15th April

The While Balloon (U) S

Panahi’s masterpiece about a little girl who won’t take no for an answer!

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© Saba Alizadeh

16th April

Present Perfect?: Curators In Conversation

Join Present Perfect? co-curators Michael Sargeant and Armindokht Shooshtari for an informal talk and in-conversation

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29th April

Bag of Rice (Cert TBC) S

Four year old Jairan convinces her neighbour, an old lady who is partially blind, that the two of them should travel across one of the world’s busiest cities, Tehran, to buy rice. What could possibly go wrong?

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30th April

FORMAT Photoforum: Exhibiting Photographs

Join curator Camilla Brown alongside host Paul Hill as they discuss exhibiting photographs, and offer advice to participants on future projects.

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13th May

Hungry Still: Exhibition and Slideluck Talk

A talk about the history and programmes of Slideluck, a global organisation specialising in photography multimedia events and food, including an intro to the Hungry Still exhibition.

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© John Blakemore

17th May

John Blakemore Masterclass

Join photographic master John Blakemore for a masterclass on the art of sequencing for books held at The Photo Parlour, Derby's independent darkroom and photographic studio.

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