Open Call announced for FORMAT International Photography Festival
Deadline: 9 September, 2016
Application fee: $43 (approx £30)
FORMAT International Photography Festival has announced its Open Call for submissions for the next 2017 edition. Exhibition proposals and ideas are invited exploring the theme of HABITAT through varied narratives and imagery that document the worlds around us.
FORMAT is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media. Organised by QUAD and the University of Derby, FORMAT was established in 2004 by QUAD’s Artistic Director Louise Clements and now holds a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies and conferences in Derby and beyond.
FORMAT17 invites photographers to challenge and respond to the theme HABITAT in as many inventive ways imaginable, and share the experiences and stories that coalesce as we negotiate our complex existence, including the flora, fauna, landscapes and the lives within. A wide variety of works are sought for presentation in the festival, from long term researched documentary, multimedia, archive, installation, interventions, publications, fictions, interactive, performance, participatory, mobile, narrative and all kinds of conceptual works all rooted in photography in diverse ways.
The progamme for FORMAT17 will include a wide range of projects exploring HABITAT, looking broadly at landscape, environment, mobility, migrations, digital worlds, ideas of home and displacement, conflict and regeneration and all the spaces that we live in including work that considers our short or long term impact on the world locally and internationally. Rapid changes in the environment, industry, technology, wars, migration and climate are accelerating at such unprecedented rates that the human impact on the Earth has pushed us into a new cultural geological epoch or era known as the Anthropocene. With tangible impacts of these changes being recorded in the atmosphere, lands, plants, oceans, humanity and wildlife, we are interested in the effect, solutions and conditions of this state that we are in, on micro and macro levels worldwide. A number of awards will be available including: FORMAT17 exhibition opportunities, cash, equipment, features in award winning international magazines and exclusive free membership offers.
The FORMAT17 International Jury will include: Lars Willumeit, Independent Curator Switzerland, Erik Kessels, Kessels Kramer Netherlands, Brian Griffin, Photographer UK, Fiona Rogers, Magnum UK, Simon Bainbridge, BJP UK, Frank Kalero, Independent Brazil, Wang Baoguo, Chinese Photographers Magazine China, Sam Barzilay, Photoville USA, Peggy Sue Amison, EastWing UAE, Yumi Goto, Rminders Project Japan, Alexa Becker, Kehrer Verlag Germany, Huw Davies, Berwick Film Festival/University of Derby UK, Lola Mac Dougall, Jaipur Photofestival India, Christine Eyene, Independent UK/Cameroon, Dewi Lewis & Caroline Warhurst, Publishers UK, Sheyi Bankale, Next Level magazine UK, Kim Knoppers, FOAM Netherlands and Louise Clements, QUAD & FORMAT UK.
FORMAT17 Open Call will be working in partnership with LensCulture, one of the world’s largest online destinations for contemporary photography. Using LensCulture’s submission platform to apply for the FORMAT17 Open Call, photographers will be eligible to exhibit your work at FORMAT in 2017 and receive a free Submission Review of your work from LensCulture’s team of over 100 global industry professionals.
The next FORMAT International Photography Festival HABITAT takes place in QUAD and around Derby from 24th March to 23rd April 2017.
For full details and applications please see: www.formatfestival.com
QUAD is Derby’s centre for art and film, on the Market Place in Derby city centre. QUAD is a gallery, cinema, café bar and workshop that anyone can use. QUAD is a partnership between Derby City Council and Arts Council England. See www.derbyquad.co.uk for more information. https://twitter.com/derbyquad For further information on this event, or any other issue relating to QUAD, please contact Kathy Frain on 01332 285422 (mobile 07791441941) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FORMAT was established in 2004 and is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media. FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally. FORMAT is Directed by Louise Clements, organised by QUAD and the University of Derby. Supported by Arts Council England, Derby City Council and multiple partners from the UK and around the world.
The 2015 festival welcomed over 100,000 visitors from all over the world. The biennale and off year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice. We love photography and all its expanded fields, our programmes feature everything from major conceptual works, participatory projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive. We are concerned with what is happening right here, right now in the scene and beyond, whilst sharing and contributing to it. FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review. FORMAT has built up its reputation through the championing of international photography and in particular introducing new talents to the UK.
The 2017 festival will continue in this tradition with exhibitions by artists from all over the world, making it the place to discover new and innovative photography. The biennale incorporates over 30 of Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks including: QUAD, University of Derby, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Déda, Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues in nearby cities. FORMAT Patrons: Clifton Cameras, Brian Griffin and The Royal Photographic Society