FORMAT’s EXPOSURE section is dedicated to artists who have submitted through our open-call programme. FORMAT invites artists from anywhere in the world to share their work. It is truly open in the sense of the freedom of creativity and interpretation we welcome, with the only parameters being that it must fit in some way to the festival’s theme. Submissions go through a selection process with an expert jury with successful artists exhibited alongside some of the best-known practitioners in contemporary photography.
An animal photographer currently studying ex-caged and ex-free range egg laying hens. Her photographs document the conditions of these birds just after they are rescued from the farms.
German photographer Andreas Meichsner has entered the fascinating and little-known world of product testing in his work »TUV: to the acid test«.
Photographs of recently vacated factories, in particular those that have remained relatively untouched since they ceased operation.
Rudimentary structures in industrial workshops used to train building and plastering apprentices..
Images of abandoned iconic Swedish cars, the result of an ongoing cooperation between the artist and an Egyptian hand-colourist from Cairo.
Brice Chatenoud's playful and surreal series Apparitions.
Over the past year the students have been working across the mediums of photography, film, fashion and illustration on the theme of ‘factory’.
A series by Cuccuru about Marlene, a factory in Italy where 140 people have died due to the inhalation of toxic substances.
Earth is Room Enough focuses on the final destination of the detritus of mass production and addresses issues of consumerism in contemporary society.
The photographic souvenirs from the offices that Steel has worked in explore the effects of the recession on team members and employees.
Working with transparency film, and using slides from the 1950s onwards, Smith makes photomontages combining the worlds of work and the home.
To increase productivity large companies allow their staff on average only ten minutes for a break. Cinciripini’s photographs document what workers do during their monitored and timed breaks.
Fortas combines contemporary photography and archival research, highlighting the social and political capacity of miners, acknowledging the legendary Solidarity movement.
Thorn photographs the living conditions of ordinary workers in Beijing, examining the human cost of China emerging as an economic ‘superpower’.
South African Pulp and Paper Industries set up ‘Project Grow’ in 1983 in the KwaZulu Natal area to help sustainable tree farming. This work documents the workers of the 'Pelepele' community forest, Kokstad.
The ecological restoration and reinvented social uses of ex-colliery land around the former coal mining stronghold of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
Attempting to trace his town’s industrial heritage, Shepherd documented relics collected from the bottom of the Wolverhampton waterways.
These photo-assemblages speak of production, accumulation and materiality and aim to encourage debate about consumption and the ways in which we feel compelled to consume.
Daily Commutes began as a documentation of Debbie Adele Cooper’s commute to work which developed as she connected with 3 other international artists Truls Bärg, Leora Tanzer and Emily Chen.
Kouris explores the problem of immigration in this series, based in a Greek abandoned recording factory.
Noguera Lopez is interested in language, the image and memory. In pursuit of her series 100 Chickens 1 Egg she adopts mass production and industrial techniques to achieve her aims.
Work by 2012 graduates from the University of Derby BA Photography Degree and University of Derby BA Commercial Photography Degree.
Photographs on how the expectations on agriculture today are very demanding, computerisation, automation and how mass production is now a key element of most farms.
Made in Bangladesh explores the lives of the women working in garment factories in and around Bangladesh.
Elstone examines the blurring of work and leisure time, and the grey area between.
Kimura’s series documents the breeding of racehorses in Hokkaido, northern Japan, an area that was originally known for its war-horses until 1904.
Working conditions of employees in factories and building sites in a variety of locations including Scandinavia, one of the wealthiest and most technologically advanced areas in the world.
The ubiquitous Ford Transit or ‘white van’ is photographed in close-up to make a mini-typology of patterns created on the van doors.
Delaney photographs doormen in Delhi exploring how as globalised commerce enters the economy, a long established workforce may become at risk.
Dormitory explores relationships between people that, although seem very close physically, are distant mentally and emotionally.
The office environment through a large, partly mirrored glass window that reflects back mundane day-to-day activities whilst offering a glimpse of the city behind the glass.
‘Each hammer carries the memories and scars of lives worked in local industry.’
Blaustein acts as a corporation might: extracting raw materials from his own piece of land, then turning his studio into a mini-factory in which he produces goods for sale.
Examining the trade of textiles between India and Great Britain, the industrialisation of cotton manufacturing in Britain and India's renaissance after British colonial rule.
Grant’s black and white photographs feature the craftspeople and labourers of his adolescence, depicting an intimate story of the English working class.
Lee Milne's work explores the decline of industry and manufacturing.
A set of twelve studio portraits of naturally occurring chicken eggs that have been pulled off the packing line so that they will not be seen or sold to the public.
Through a collage of machines, landscapes and people Murray combines found imagery of the past utopian state of Czechoslovakia.
Quail’s humorous project on office life around the globe, of furniture, rituals and dress codes, sheds light on globalisation and our relationships to the corporation.
Digital collages from the found images of Russian women at home in a project about the internet phenomenon of Russian ‘mail-order brides’.
The series documents the spread of unfinished industrial parks that were suddenly halted and eventually abandoned in 2008 as Ireland spiralled into severe levels of recession.
Pallazzi follows the lives of a traditional nomad family in Mongolia, documenting ancient traditions that are quickly disappearing in light of encroaching industry.
A site-specific structure and series of photographs depicting Pöllänen’s attempts to restore two dead birch trees in a forest by covering them with scraps of industrially processed wood.
25 years after battles were fought and jobs were lost, the artist visits the sites of the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike, to photograph former coal miners in the darkness of the night.
Stijns’ photographic works combine the upcoming massive consumerism in China and the rising numbers of migrant workers at the foundation of China’s economic progression.
Hind Land is a collaboration between Rochowski and Bowditch surveying the pedestrian walkways beneath London’s Orbital M25 motorway.
Eglin photographs patrons of an infamous techno club, housed in a former power station in East Berlin, as they are leaving on a Sunday morning after a night of fun.
The images explore how Chinese factories and manufacturing have been fired by an insatiable appetite for coal, crucial for their massive economic growth.
Patricia Van De Camp explores the relationship between nature and industry and what happens to factories once they are abandoned.
Are you being served?
Bodyworks depicts a prosthetics manufacturer that is still producing traditional and modern limbs.
Fabjański photographs the relationship between a leader and his subordinates, exploring the way in which leaders distance themselves from their staff to gain respect and obedience.
WANT is a series of ‘consumerist’ portraits with a touch of environmental concerns, representing how, in a consumer society, we can easily become defined by our possessions.
Surreal combinations of plastic objects and house plants, causing the audience to double take and question the relationship between ideas, meaning, expression and artefact.
Conway documents the daily lives of labourers who work in brick factories in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Many are bonded labourers, working in dangerous conditions.
Fernandez photographs the effect gold mining has had in the Philippines: entire mountains have disappeared; river systems polluted; ancestral land rights ignored, and indigenous people displaced.
A live tintype studio, Rob Ball seeks to identify trends by exploring past, current and future technologies.
In the 1970s and 1980s Day photographed annual open days in Derby’s railway workshops, following families as they looked behind the scenes to see what their relatives did at work.
Curtis’ work uses found video footage to look at the way people introduce creativity and individuality into their jobs; a singing bus driver, a beatboxing call centre operator, a dancing waiter.
In Kanpur, India, more than 350 tanneries and other factories dispose of their highly poisonous water directly into the Ganga River, putting lives at risk.
Exploring what it is like to be a young person in an industrialized metropolis, Kurmaz documents the active social lives of a young generation of what he describes as ‘heroes’ in Donetsk in the Ukraine.
Since 2009 Liste has documented a community living in an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
A collection of books and zines produced by St. Austell Student Collective on display between the 8 - 10 March as part of the Photo Market event.
In his photographs Royse uses imagery which is oddly painterly and abstract, depicting industrial environments both used and unused.
The series explores the identity, issues and perception of individuals in the twenty-first century, revealed in their t-shirts.
This series looks closely at the life of the office worker – being one herself – resulting in a stark exposure of the day-to-day mundane routine of her fellow workers.
Medina’s series Brazilian Packaged Miracles documents Brazilian esoteric products designed to give good fortune, love, health and money.
A series examining the blurring between places of work and leisure: factories are reincarnated as art galleries, lap dancing clubs and buffet restaurants.
Welcome to Tata City delves into the lives of the workers and families that benefit from free housing and healthcare thanks to the corporate giant.
Enlarged prints of Polaroid film, representing manufacturing machinery from the early days of the industrial revolution found in a crowded bazaar in Kolkata.
Tim George explores the psychological impact of occupational stress - the result of a conflict between the needs of the individual and the demands of the workplace.
The artist photographs the intense Scottish landscape where renewable energy has been providing power from the glens for over 60 years.
Led by Derby Telegraph Picture Editor, a group of photographers submitted to a call for factory related images to make a collective artwork.
An installation inspired by Frank & Lillian Gilbreth’s pioneering studies to improve the work habits of employees in the production line of a plant specialized in paper-based products. Sponsored by SCA tissue mill in Prudhoe.
Müller captures the scope of China’s domestic migration to industrial centres and the everyday reality it entails. Between 2005 and 2011 he followed some migrants in their private and work lives.
QUAD and Derby Museum’s Youth Forums have come together to create a photographic exhibition entitled ‘Industria’ (from Derby’s motto ‘Industria, Virtus et Fortitudo’).
Artsmith LIVE is an arts organisation based in Derby, whose aim is to bring artists and the community together, to work with each other , share ideas, offer great exhibition opportunities alongside workshops and residencies.
Bank’s Mill is owned and run by the University of Derby and is one of the creative hubs of Derby city.
Déda is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme of performances, classes and dance development activity.
Hidden behind the Guildhall is one of Derby's greatest treasures: Derby Market Hall.
In the heart of the city, Derby’s Museum and Art Gallery is home to a fascinating and diverse range of nationally (and internationally) important collections.
New Art Exchange was formed in 2003 as a new organisation to steer and manage the development of Nottingham’s first dedicated cultural facility for Black contemporary arts.
QUAD is Derby’s £11 million centre for Art and Film. It houses a Gallery, Cinema, Café Bar and Workshop.
This former factory turned exhibition space is an exciting new addition to the FORMAT venue line-up and a huge development for the festival.
Derby’s stunning Silk Mill building stands on the site of the world’s first factory and is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Markeaton Street is a £21m bespoke arts, design and technology facility. Throughout FORMAT a number of artists will be exhibiting around the building.
Westfield Derby is one of the UK's largest purpose built shopping and leisure destinations with over 200 retail outlets and many cafe's and restaurants.