FORMAT Festival: National Photography Symposium
at Derby QUAD, UK
April 20-22, 2016
Standard Ticket £45, concessions £35
Join us for the National Photography Symposium, the UK's leading gathering place for ideas and discussion around photography. Now in its seventh edition, NPS 2016 explores two main themes: new online photographic communities that are revolutionising learning and showing of work; and the challenges of making - and forgetting - visual history in an age when everything is recorded. It also explores the recently announced transfer of the National Photography Collection from the National Media Museum in Bradford to London's V&A Museum.
The symposium begins on the evening of Wednesday 20th April with a keynote address, followed by a day of talks and panel discussions on Thursday 21st of April. It begins by exploring the intersection between photography and digital culture, the photographic communities that are springing up, and the tools for learning and developing as a photographer that are emerging in consequence. How flexible and dynamic are the best online communities; does this also mean they are less permanent and does that matter? How effective are the new learning and development approaches? What is the role of traditional institutions and associations - can their knowledge be transferred or does it date too quickly?
The National Photographic Collection
On Friday 22nd April, the symposium will continue with drop-in discussion sessions led by industry and sector professionals exploring some of the latest issues in photography, among other things, the debate around the transfer of the National Photography Collection from Bradford's National Media Museum, to London's V&A Museum.
This event is recommended for anyone interested in photography and the future of the medium, whether photographers, curators, academics, students, writers, collectors or organisation staff.
Confirmed speakers include:
Camilla Brown, curator and LensCulture reviewer
Jonathan Shaw, Disruptive Media Learning Lab
Karen Harvey, Shutter Hub
Scarlett Crawford, independent practioner/educator
Joy Gregory, artist and photographer
Alan Ward, designer/artist
Kelley Wilder, photographic historian, De Montfort University
Sarah Fisher, Director of Open Eye Gallery
Roger Tooth, picture editor of The Guardian
More speakers being confirmed weekly.
Timings: Weds 20 April: 18:00 - 19:30 Thurs 21 April: 10:00 - 17:30 Friday 22 April 2016: 10:00 - 17:00
FORMAT Festival, QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS, UK