Arts Derbyshire


THE CLOSING WEEKEND // FORMAT25 Open call // FORMAT25 Juror spotlight


FREE ADMISSION Exhibition continues at QUAD until 30 June!

FUTURE TENSE, curated by Peggy Sue Amison is the lead exhibition for FORMAT24 and was the winner of the FORMAT23 Open Call Award. 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).

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 & 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 a communal space to be questioned and dissected.

Find out more about FORMAT 24: FUTURE TENSE here


FREE ADMISSION Exhibition continues at QUAD until 30 June!
Jubilee City – Derby Punk in the 1970s is a heritage focused exhibition that draws 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).

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FREE ADMISSION Exhibition continues at QUAD until 30 June!
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 project our memories far into the future. Photography is taking a more active role throughout history. Future Now looks to connect with the future through the imagination of photography.

Featured Artists: Deacon Lui, Kota Ishida, Melanie King and Sergey Novikov  

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FORMAT24 FUTURE TENSE Artist spotlight: Zora J Murff & Rana Young

Zora J Murff and Rana Young are lovers, artists, and educators based in Providence, RI; both are professors at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (Boston, MA) and earned MFAs in Studio Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Most recently, Murff’s photograph Gas Money (Affirmation #1) has been acquired for the V&A’s permanent collection.

Their photographic series, Fade Like a Sigh, has been exhibited nationally, featured widely online, and written about for Hyperallergic and the British Journal of Photography. In 2022, selected prints from the project were acquired for the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and exhibited as part of Sightlines: Photographs from the Collection (August 6, 2022 – May 7, 2023).

Visit QUAD to see FUTURE TENSE, exhibition ends 30 June

Click here to read about Zora J Murff & Rana Young

FORMAT24 FUTURE TENSE Artist spotlight: Katrin Koenning

Katrin Koenning is a photographer based in Naarm Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung country. She was recently shortlisted for the Foam Paul Huff Award 2024; an internationally acclaimed photography prize. Her work probes the currencies of the document, stretching across still and moving images and text, at times including found materials. In her extended image-dialogues she uses fragments and slippages to suggest narrative spaces, communities and lived experiences that are open, fluid and multiplicit.

Visit QUAD to see FUTURE TENSE, exhibition ends 30 June.


Click here to read about Katrin-Koenning

FORMAT24 FUTURE TENSE Artist spotlight: Tanya Habjouqa

Born in Jordan and raised between Texas and the Middle East, Habjouqa fuses a mordant sense of irony with unstinting, forensic interrogations of the implications of geopolitical conflict on human lives. Tanya Habjouqa’s artistic practice explores manifestations of trauma upon the landscape, as well as intimate spaces and interpersonal relationships by means of imagery, archival material, ethnographic interviews, and handwritten text.

Most recently Tanya’s images have been featured in The Wall Street Journal depicting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a leading advocate for new methods in photojournalism and documentary practice, she is the co-founder of the Middle East visual storyteller organization, Ruwa, and also a mentor in the Arab Documentary Program; an organisation that provides marginalized narrative-creators and their narratives with the space and skills to refine and tell stories.
Visit QUAD to see FUTURE TENSE, exhibition ends 30 June.

Click here to read about Tanya Habjouqa

FORMAT25: Open Call

Final submission deadline 31 August

The FORMAT25 Open Call seeks submissions for the biennale festival in March 2025. Have your work exhibited as part of FORMAT25!

Application fee, Standard 27 EUR
Final submission deadline: 31 August 2024

The FORMAT25 festival theme is CONFLICTED. We welcome diverse and imaginative proposals from local and international photographers, curators, artists and collectives. Our jury panel of experts and the FORMAT curatorial team will view the submissions and select up to 5 outstanding projects to be exhibited at FORMAT25 in March 2025, with a chance to receive one of the festival awards.

For full details of how to apply and the range of prizes and awards we have to offer, please visit the information site – from our partners Picter – via the link below:

Read more about the Open call & submit today

FORMAT25 Open Call Juror Spotlight:


Clare Grafik (UK)
Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers’ Gallery

Clare Grafik is Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She has worked in public institutions including the ICA, Whitechapel, Hayward and National Portrait Gallery and with private collections. At TPG she worked with artists including Taryn Simon, Katy Grannan, Antoine D’Agata, Cuny Janssen, Zineb Sedira, Keith Arnatt and Evelyn Hofer. Group shows include ‘The Photographic Object’, ‘Photography & Collage’ and ‘Double Take: Photography & Drawing’. Other projects include a solo exhibition with Bettina Von Zwehl at the Freud Museum and ‘Pictures from the Garden’ in collaboration with Photo Oxford 2023. Contributions to books and catalogues include Alex Prager’s ‘Silver Lake Drive’ and more recently for ‘Another Country’ (T&H, 2022). She has been a Sessional Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London, and has lectured for institutions including University of the Arts, London, University of South Wales, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

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Click here to find out more about the Open Call Jury

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