FORMAT is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media. It organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally and welcomes over 100,000 visitors from all over the world to its biennale.

The festival and off year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice and feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive. We are concerned with what is happening right here, right now in the scene and beyond, whilst sharing and contributing to it.

FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

Since its inception each major festival adopts a core theme around which it is curated together with the core structure featuring, but not limited to:

FOCUS: Exhibitions, Commissions, Mass Participation

EXPOSURE: International Open Call

FLASH: Events, Talks, Performance

DEVELOPMENT: Master Classes, Portfolio Reviews, Talks

The biennale edition incorporates over 30 of Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks including: QUAD, University of Derby, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues in nearby cities.

FORMAT is organised QUAD and DMARC (Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre of the University of Derby). Supported by Arts Council EnglandDerby City Council and multiple partners from the UK and international origins.

FORMAT was founded by Louise Fedotov-Clements and Mike Brown. FORMAT is directed by Louise Fedotov-Clements.

FORMAT Director
Louise Fedotov-Clements

FORMAT Festival Coordinator
Niamh Treacy

QUAD Senior Curator
Peter Bonnell

FORMAT Volunteer Co-ordinator
Katie Petritus

FORMAT Portfolio Review Manager
Sebah Chaudhry

FORMAT Assistant
Hope Slater

QUAD Education Curator
Sandra Greatorex

FORMAT Photoforum Co-ordinator
Debbie Cooper

QUAD Programme Assistant
Laura O’Leary

FORMAT Marketing and PR
Troika Press

QUAD Marketing
Kathy Frain, Lewie Litchfield, Jessica Saunders

QUAD Gallery Curators
Louise Fedotov-Clements and Peter Bonnell

QUAD Digital Participation Curator
John Whall

QUAD Creative Wellbeing Curator
Jane Hardstaff

University of Derby Curator
Jayne Falconer

FORMAT Projects Interns

QUAD Technical Team
Alex Rock, Toby Richardson, Bradley Oliver White, Rob Newman, Daryn Shepherd, Adam Crowther, Darius Powell

FORMAT Steering group
Huw Davies, Brian Griffin, Anne Braybon, Bridget Coaker, Camilla Brown, Phil Harris, Gemma Marmalade, Adam Buss, Michael Sargeant, Sebah Chaudhry