Arts Derbyshire


Join in for the launch of FORMAT24 Presents and a chance to celebrate FORMAT’s 20th Anniversary!

Friday 16 March, 6:30pm – Midnight

FORMAT are delighted to announce our FORMAT24 Presents Programme featuring six exhibitions taking place across Derby and the East Midlands.

Taking place at Derby’s Cultural Hub, QUAD, they will be opening three exhibitions: Future Tense – Living the Future Now, curated by Peggy Sue Amison; Jubilee City: Derby Punk in the 1970s curated by Aaron Williamson, and the FUTURE NOW Open Call. 

The celebrations will include speeches from the curators and artists and complimentary drinks.

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UAD Gallery One
16 March – 30 June
12pm – 6pm, everyday

Curated by Peggy Sue Amison (IE/US), Featuring Artists: Adrian L Burrell (US), Rana Young (US), Zora J. Murff (US), Tanya Habjouqa (JO/US), Matthew Thorn (AU), Derik Lynch (AU), Pádraig Spillane (IE), Aideen Barry (IE), Arko Datto (IN) and Katrin Koenning (DE/AU)

How are artists contemplating the future in this present moment? Society turns to art and culture in turbulent times, seeking an oracle to allay fear and anxiety. In the coming age, faced with concerns for our continued existence, what stories are artists telling?

Future Tense is an open ended conversational, visual environment, composed of still and moving imagery. Viewed through a multifaceted lens of different life experiences, the exhibition features artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Future Tense engages audiences in a space of frequencies that collectively communicate different channels of contemplation, considering new understandings of time, but also how image surface can be interpreted as communal space to be questioned and dissected. This exhibition is supported with funding from Arts Council England and Culture Ireland.

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Jubilee City – Derby Punk in the 1970s

QUAD Gallery Two
16 March – 30 June
12pm – 6pm, everyday

This exhibition will draw upon the archive of artist Aaron Williamson, whilst also incorporating ephemera and documents arising from a call-out to individuals who were active on Derby’s punk scene between 1976 – 1979.  The exhibition is focussed not on the actual music that punk threw up, but on the experience and productions of the punk milieu and audience itself in and around Derby, the borough that was granted the status of a city during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, (a national celebration that was the target of much punk derision).

Jubilee City – Derby Punk in the 1970s is part of the Dancing Through Time project being run by QUAD in partnership with Déda and generously funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players. Additional funding from Arts Council England

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QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces
16 March – 30 June
10am – 9pm, everyday

LCB Depot
8 March – 28 March
9am – 5pm, Mon – Sat

Photography often facilitates a journey through time. At a more fundamental level, photography allows us to capture people, places and objects that might have been lost to history, giving us an unprecedented ability to reconstruct images of the past and revive our memories far into the future. Photography is taking a more active role throughout history. Future Now would hope to connect with the future through the imagination of photography.

FORMAT and LCB Depot are delighted to be partnering once again on an exhibition showcasing international artists as part of FORMAT24 Presents. Selected artists be exhibiting their work in QUAD’s Extra Gallery Spaces in Derby and LCB Depot in Leicester. 

Further details coming soon.

Supnaa: Dreams of our Fathers

Derby Arboretum Orangery
16 March – 6 April
Opening Times Vary. Please check the FORMAT and QUAD websites for details

How do you tell the story of those who gave you life?

Anand Chhabra’s series attempts to tell the story of his parents and their migration from India to the UK c1960s–to present day, and their hopes of a ‘new life’ together with early Punjabi migrants who arrived ‘en masse’ to the UK. This is a subject that remains largely untold photographically.

The series comprises of images that are connected specifically to his parents’ story that sit in four categories: family photos, portraits (people connected to them), ephemera and conceptual images that aren’t always instantly recognisable but nevertheless are laden with meaning, much like dreamscapes.

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FORMAT24 Portfolio Review

22 & 23 March
10am – 5pm

The renowned FORMAT International Photography Festival Portfolio Reviews are returning! If you have ever wanted to get your work in front of some of the most influential and expert photography professionals from around the world, the FORMAT Portfolio Reviews are the place to go. The reviews offer professional and career development opportunities for photographers and are a great opportunity for you to meet new and exciting worldwide photographers making work in the contemporary photography industry today.

There’s still time to book, secure your place now!

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