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FORMAT23 Opening Weekend Events Programme

Visiting FORMAT23 over the opening weekend? Don’t miss the festival events while you’re here!

W W Winter Studio Visit

Saturday 18 March, 10:00 – 11:30, 13:00 – 14:30, W W Winter, 45 Midland Road, Derby, DE1 2SP

Winters is something of a Derby institution. As the world’s oldest continuously operating photographic business, started in 1852, the company holds the story of the people of the city. Walter Winter was one of the best photographers of his day, winning many prestigious awards for his portraiture and exhibiting internationally. His daylight studio, built in 1867, is still used today and will be open during FORMAT23.

Visitors will be able to see many of the props and cameras in use from Victorian times and gain understanding of how the studio worked and see some of the many thousands of images taken by the company. Volunteers from the Heritage Trust will be on hand to show visitors around the building and tell the story of this 171-year-old company.

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Approaching sustainable photobook making

Saturday 18 March, 10:30-13:30, Derby City Lab, 19-21 St James’s St, Derby DE1 1RF

This workshop will involve the collaborative development of photobooks using re-purposed materials. Each participant will bring something they have discarded as part of their own photography process, for example: images, materials, test prints, text. Through re-thinking the process of making a photobook participants will embed sustainable thinking in their creative practice. The books developed as part of the workshop will be exhibited in The Sustainable Photobook exhibition. The workshop will be facilitated by SPP network contributors: Ed Sykes, Sayako Sugawara, Tamsin Green.

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Collage Making with East Meets West

Saturday 18 March, 11:00 – 12:00, Unit 7, Royal Buildings, Victoria St, Derby DE1 1ES 

Spend an hour making a paper collage alongside the exhibiting artists and inspired by the East Meets West exhibition theme ‘Hidden World.’ We will use copies of the exhibited artwork and recycled paper materials to make a group collage that will be exhibited at the venue.

Come and create with us in a collaborative, non-judgmental space, share what you know and learn tips and techniques from others. No previous experience is necessary.

Open from 10-3 pm for drop-in

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In Conversation with East Meets West Artists

Saturday 18 March, 14:00 – 15:00, Unit 7, Royal Buildings, Victoria St, Derby DE1 1ES 

The East Meets West artists invite you to join them for an hour of In Conversations, opening up a dialogue on communities, representation, and a personal photography practice. Between 2-3pm a number of the exhibitors will be in conversation with one another in two 20 minute talks.

Artist speakers are Emily Ryalls, Ruby Nixon, Louise Taylor, Liliana Zaharia, Ismail Khokon, Zula Rabikowska, and Shona Morgan.

No booking is required, drop in’s welcome

FORMAT23 Portfolio Review Walk

Saturday 18 March, 16:30 – 18:00, Bustler Market, 7 John Street, Derby, DE1 2LU

Portfolio Review Walk and Awards

The Portfolio Review is an opportunity for photographers to show their work to industry experts and get feedback on their practice. After the in-person review, taking place all day on 18th March at the Chocolate Factory, the tables are turned, and artists will share their work with the public, and all invited guests, in an informal setting.

This unique event offers the chance to engage and speak with the photographers about their work and experience.

The artists are also up for a number of awards, by our partners, GRAIN Photography Hub, Lishui Photography Festival, Stills, Shutter Hub, John E Wright and our Patron Award. The award winners will be announced during the Portfolio Walk.

Free, no need to book.

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JFTFP23/FORMAT23 Film Screening:
The Past Is Always New, The Future Is Always Nostalgic: Photographer Daido Moriyama

Saturday 18 March, 18:30 – 20:00, QUAD, Market Place Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS

More than fifty years after his debut, photographer Moriyama Daido, now in his eighties, continues to be active at the forefront of photography. Winning the Hasselblad Foundation, International Award in Photography in 2019, he is probably best known for his distinctive photographic style of black and white, grainy, harsh contrasts, and blurred movements. Despite his international acclaim, his shooting methods and everyday life have been shrouded in mystery. To find out more about Moriyama, the film follows the reprint project of his debut photo book, Nippon Gekijo Shashincho (Japan: A Photo Theatre), first published in 1968.

This is a rare documentary that offers a close-up view of Japan’s most iconic photographer and the secrets of his work, revealing the behind-the-scenes of the project to revive his legendary photo book.

Screening as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023 and FORMAT International Photography Festival.

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Performing the Photobook Afterparty

Saturday 18 March, 20:00 to late, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, the Wardwick

Come and unwind at the Performing the Photobook After Party after a busy day exploring the world of photobook; visiting FORMAT23 exhibitions or after a day of portfolio reviews for the final night of FORMAT23 partying! We will enjoy photobook inspired performances and DJ set from Erik Vroons. It’s set to be a night you will not want to miss!

No booking required, just turn up with your dancing shoes on!

Zine Making with East Meets West

Sunday 19 March, 10:00-15:00, Unit 7, Royal Buildings, Victoria St, Derby DE1 1ES 

Drop-in session

Join East Meets West artists to create your own unique zine, exploring the exhibition theme, ‘Hidden Worlds’.

Using a variety of images from the EMW artists, participants are invited to create their own handmade zine, either stitched or stapled, exploring different sequences and narratives, ultimately creating their own remix of the artists’ work to take away.

No previous experience is necessary. 

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Exhibition Launch and Yoga Walk at The Wireworks Project

Sunday 19 March, 11:00-14:00, The Wireworks Project, Matlock Rd, Ambergate, Belper DE56 2HE

Take a tour of artist Thomas Wynne’s exhibition Into the Promittocene at The Wireworks Project, Ambergate and explore the surrounding Shining Cliff woods which feature in the work on a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga walk led by FORMAT Producer Parmjit Sagoo.

To refuel, Smith’s Kitchen will be serving a variety of Indian delights to be enjoyed whilst hearing from the artist who will be in conversation with Ivan Smith and Anthony Sheppard, Directors of The Wireworks Project.

Remember to bring suitable footwear and clothing for exploring the woods.

No booking required.

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Exhibition Highlight:
The Sustainable Photobook

Derby City Lab, 17 March – 9 April 2023

The Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) network – Case Study Reading Room   

The photobook industry has grown exponentially over the years, there are now photobook fairs and awards on every continent, as well as a broad range of publishers, from small imprints and self-publishers to medium and large-scale dedicated photobook publishers. Photobooks as a collectable item have given rise to a growing pool of private collectors as well as dedicated public collections within established museums and institutions. Given its growing size and influence, the photobook community has a responsibility to think about how we design, make, and distribute our books, yet the urgent topic of sustainability is nowhere near the forefront of recent discussions.

This hands-on reading room showcases a selection of these case study books. The physical interaction makes tangible the scale, materiality and production of sustainable choices. Alongside the exhibition we will run a series of events to create discussion and to share practical information.


re.think | re.use | Approaching sustainable photobook making
18 March 2023, 10:30-13:30 at Derby City Lab 

SSP Network in conversation: SPP Sustainability Surgery
4 April 2023, 18:30 GMT (online)

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Exhibition Highlight:
Clean Hong Kong Action

Déda, 17 March – 9 April 2023

‘Clean Hong Kong Action’ is a photo series containing multiple forms, large prints on acrylic board with holes cut out by laser cut, and a handmade photo book with holes punched by the artist’s hand. As a Hong Konger, Wai Hang Siu got into social activities but found that was not an efficient way to have a better society. At the same time, as a man who used to respond to the world with a camera, he felt powerless when facing the current situation in Hong Kong while carrying the instrument.

Siu wanted to be a company of social activists, but at the same time,  found his photographs were helpless; somehow, it was a disadvantage on the issue. Finally, he decided to punch out all faces in the pictures to protect them and re-establish the importance of photography in this event as a protester and photographer.

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Exhibition Highlight:

QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces, 17 March – 2 July 2023

Curated by QUAD Education Team and Young Advocates 

Young Format is a collection of work created by children and young people from QUAD’s Education Programme.  From dedicated projects with artists and photographers to the selected submissions of our open call, the work explores what photography can be through a myriad of themes and media.  Young Format includes work produced by QUAD’s Young Creatives, students from Burton College, Pear Tree Community Junior School, Horizons Sixth Form and Derby Moor Academy.  Also featured are the selected submissions from QUAD’s Young Advocates Open Call, curated by young people, with those exhibiting aged from 6 to 25.
Horizons Sixth Form: Surreal Derby   

Led by QUAD Education Curator, Daisy Lloyd, Surreal Derby is a collection of mixed media collages created by twelve students from Horizons Sixth Form who attend QUAD weekly, engaging in a variety of creative mediums and themes.  Kindly loaned by Lomography, the group used analogue Lomo cameras such as La Sardinas, the Sprocket Rocket and Diana F+ to experiment with multiple exposures, angles and framing as they photographed key landmarks and interesting aspects of Derby city centre.   Working with the theme of surrealism and using mixed media and collage techniques, the students have created a collection of surrealist workdepicting Derby from new perspectives.
Other projects include: 

Derby Moor Academy: Nature vs Manmade with Thomas Wynne  

Pear Tree Community Junior School: Heritage and Migration with Anand Chhabra  

Young Creatives, Young Advocates Open Call  

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FORMAT23 Education Programme

Mobile Phone Photography using Pixlr
with Helen Jackson


Join artist Helen Jackson in this creative mobile phone photography workshop. The session will start with a short photo walk outside QUAD and taking a selfie (if everyone is ok with using their face). Using Pixlr, you will then create a layered image using multiple photos, filters and double exposures.

Participants will need a mobile phone with Pixlr app already installed. Apps can be downloaded here: Android and iPhone

Creative Portrait Lighting for Photography
with Jon Legge


Join artist Jon Legge to explore studio lighting in this digital photography workshop. Using DSLRs and different lighting techniques you will test different methods to create interesting lighting effects. Please note, there will be flash lighting in this workshop.
Sofia Yala Artist Talk


Hear from artists about their professional experiences in the field of Photography and Archives

FORMAT23 Graduate Fellow Sofia Yala in conversation with Debbie Cooper about their shared experiences of residencies at Derby’s iconic photo studio W. W. Winters.

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