Arts Derbyshire


FORMAT23: Save the date

17 March – 9 April 2023
Launching in Derby on 16 March from 6:00 pm

What Photography Can Be
International Photography Festival in Derby from 17th March 2023
Over 30 exhibitions over 15 venues over 30 days

For the eleventh edition of FORMAT International Photography Festival, we’re delighted to welcome you back to the city of Derby, following an online hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic, to celebrate, discover and question What Photography Can Be. Founded in 2004, FORMAT has helped place the UK photography scene on the international cultural map, making it a must-attend event.

FORMAT23 runs from 17th March to 9th April 2023 throughout Derby, in the city’s museums, art galleries and historic, pop-up and renovated spaces and buildings. There are over 30 exhibitions, including portraits of some of Derbys residents in the exhibition A Perfect Sentence by Oliver Frank Chanarin at the Museum of Making; an archive of images from Derby’s club and dance scene through the 60s at Déda and an outdoor exhibition which highlights the most loved areas and people of England’s high streets – including Derby.

Scroll down to see exhibition highlights and opening weekend events.

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