Arts Derbyshire

What's on

Format23 Venue – The Smallprint Company

Event details

Format23 International Photography Festival


We always look forward to this biannual event which attracts audiences from around the world to our little gallery space.

16 March – 9 April 2023

What Photography Can Be

FORMAT International Photography Festival – organised in partnership between QUAD and the University of Derby – returns in March 2023, emerging from the days of global pandemic with renewed purpose – poised to transform the historic city of Derby into a vibrant showcase for the very best photography and lens-based media being produced today. 

The days of lockdown were seen by many as a chance to reflect and recharge, upending perceived agendas and to think about the world anew. For FORMAT23 we invite our audiences and our colleagues to stop, take stock and consider ‘What Photography Can Be’.

FORMAT23 will feature exhibitions in key Derby cultural organisations such as QUAD, Déda, Artcore and the Museum of Making, alongside revitalising repurposed buildings and public places, celebrating work by a worldwide community of artists. Notable exhibition projects as part of the festival include Radical Souls at QUAD that will focus on global dance genres and notions of self-identity, and a new body of work by award-winning photographer Oliver Frank Chanarin at the Museum of Making that explores ‘the drive for attention, the complexity of being seen and the anxiety of being overlooked, in the shifting terrain of documentary photography’.

Across 12 venues more than 200 artists from 55 countries present works that examine themes that matter now – water scarcity and future food provision; migration; questions of what identity is, and the implications of climate change. FORMAT23 will be OPEN to discussion, to debate – and will feature the return of the international Conference and two Portfolio Review days alongside the FORMAT Photobook Market. We invite you to shape the photography of now towards a future of what photography can be.

Sign up to to the FORMAT newsletter to keep abreast of all the exciting events and announcements in the run up to FORMAT23


More information coming soon…

Become a registered member

Submit your event to our directory by becoming a member of Arts Derbyshire.


Sign up to our newsletter

Find out what’s on with the Arts Derbyshire newsletter.

Artists, creatives, cultural providers, arts and health specialists – Sign up for one of our professional mailing lists.