FORMAT19 Conference, Photo by Abi Wells

FORMAT21: Conference

Following on from the highly ambitious and experimental research festival conference held at the University of Derby’s Markeaton site for FORMAT19 in March 2019, Dr Philip Harris and Gemma Marmalade are thrilled to announce an all-new virtual conference for FORMAT21.

Taking place entirely online on Friday 12th March 2021, this single, all-day event will commence this year’s festival calendar.

Taking the lead from the festival theme, a multitude of contemporary researchers, photographers and artists will meet to present a dynamic schedule of responses to the notion of CONTROL.


Cemre Yesil Gonenli – TR         Joy Gregory – UK
Robert Good – UK                      Philip Harris – UK
Skinder Hundal MBE – UK      Melanie Kathryn King – UK Brigitte Lardinois – UK             Paul Lowe – UK/BiH
Gemma Marmalade – UK         Mitchell Moreno – UK
Sergey Novikov – RU                 Azu Nwagbogu – NI
Annebella Pollen – UK              Max Sher – RU
James Stanford – US                 Clare Strand – UK

This event promises exciting innovations to conventional conferences and enables greater responsiveness to the needs of distance-engaged delegates. With eminent keynote speakers, special guests, individual presentations, ‘in conversation’ dialogues, and interactive panel discussions, the conference will frame an aperture of context for all virtual festival visitors to enjoy.

During the panel sessions delegates will be able to submit questions via chat and panel hosts will direct them to the speakers.

To discover more about the conference speakers, scroll down and click on a particpant photograph.

FORMAT21 is delighted to welcome special guest speaker American artist James Stanford.

The keynote speech will be delivered by 2020 Deutsche Börse Photography nominee Clare Strand and the closing address will be given by the University of Derby’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell.

The In Conversations include two dialogue sessions:
Skinder Hundal and Azu Nwagbogu
Gemma Marmalade and Robert Good

NB – FORMAT21: Conference will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

It is recommended that you check your laptop/PC/Mac/tablet’s operating system is compatible with Teams before purchasing a ticket.

If you are viewing the event on a computer or laptop you will just need to click on the link below and the event will open in your preferred browser.

If you are planning to watch the event on a mobile device then you will need to download the Teams App to view the event, which is free on both Apple and Android.  You will not need to sign in or create an account.

To ensure you have the best experience we recommend that you access the event in advance of the scheduled date to ensure your chosen viewing method is working correctly.  If you do this, please note that the screen you’ll view will have the event title and a message saying ‘The Live Event hasn’t started yet’.  That is correct and is what you should see before the scheduled start time.

If you have any issues, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.