Join us for one, some, or all of the amazing events taking place during FORMAT21. The Opening Night, Festival Conference, artist talks and films are just some of the activities you can log into via our digital venue New Art City and steaming services.
Date: 11 March 2021
Time: 5.30pm onwards
Location: FORMAT21 Digital Venue – New Art City
Join us to celebrate the opening of our new arts venue featuring 20 galleries, 160+ international artists in the exhibitions, plus 10,000 artists in #massisolationFORMAT, from 90+ countries.
Featuring special guest speakers:
Ending the evening with a DJ set by Artist Juliana Huxtable.
Click on the booking button to register and we will send you a link to join the launch before the event
Date: 12 March 2021
Time: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Location: Microsoft Teams
Tickets: £5 – £10
This year’s conference looking at the festival theme of Control, promises exciting innovations and will enable greater responsiveness to the needs of distance-engaged delegates. With eminent keynote speakers, special guests, individual presentations, ‘in conversation’ dialogues, and interactive panel discussions, the conference will frame an aperture of context for all virtual festival visitors to enjoy.
Featuring International Speakers:
Discover more about the speakers and how to book by clicking the button.
Date: 27 March 2021
Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Location: Zoom/New Art City
Join the legendary photographer Brian Griffin for a virtual tour of his exhibition and autobiographical book Black Country DADA which charts his stellar and fascinating career, covering the period 1969 – 1990.
Brian recounts his student days at Manchester Polytechnic alongside fellow photographers Martin Parr and Daniel Meadows; his arrival on the photography scene in London, working with Management Today where he developed his signature style of surreal portraits, working for Haymarket publishers and being sacked by Vogue; his move into commercial photography and the audacity of visualising the financial Big Bang in Broadgate; working with Stiff Records and creating some of the 20th century’s most iconic album covers, including for Joe Jackson, Siouxsie and Iggy Pop and his move into advertising with Saatchi and Saatchi.
There are some wonderful surprises of less well known but brilliantly made portraits and some amusing personal stories including his 1974 holiday in Moscow where he encountered a military parade and the KGB and his evening with a drunken knife throwing circus act in Rotherhithe, the East London borough he made his home and where he still lives today.
Date: 17 March 2021
Time: 2.30 – 30.30pm
A panel discussion looking at two photographic projects initiated in response to Covid-19: Historic England’s commissioning and crowdsourcing project Picturing Lockdown and FORMAT’s mass participation #massisolationFORMAT.
The speakers will give an insight into what it was like to develop and take part in these pandemic photography projects.
QUAD has teamed up with Dogwoof Films to bring you brand new film I Walk On Water (15) which you can stream in your home, directly supporting Derby’s Art Centre during the lockdown..
From visionary artist and photographer Khalik Allah, I Walk On Water (15) is an intimate and visually stunning deep dive into Harlem after dark.
QUAD has teamed up with Peccadillo Pictures to bring you brand new film White Colour Black (15).
Leke (Dudley O’Shaughnessy) has it all. He’s successful, has no responsibility and women fall at his feet. When a message from Senegal calls him to return ‘home’, he reluctantly leaves his carefree, hedonistic lifestyle behind. Leke finds returning to a culture he no longer feels connected to daunting.
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