FORMAT23 Conference

FORMAT23 Conference: What Photography Can Be

Friday, 17th March 2023 

QUAD, Derby

FORMAT, QUAD and the University of Derby are delighted to present the conference for FORMAT23.

Book your tickets: 

The conference is organised by Dr. Gemma Marmalade and Dr. Philip Harris from the University of Derby and will be hosted at Derby QUAD. The conference will draw on the festival theme What Photography Can Be. This broad but evocative statement has allowed for a critical examination into a wide range of practices and themes, drawing upon the work of image makers and curators contributing to the wider FORMAT exhibition programme.

Keynote speakers, Oliver Frank Chanarin (UK), and Dr. Erika Abad (Nevada State College, USA) will set the scope for the morning and afternoon sessions respectively, with further contributions that examine photography’s role and identity during a time of challenging conditions, relationships, and identities, for nations as well as individuals.

The FORMAT23 conference will be held in-person at QUAD, Derby as well as being live-streamed for online access.

All on-location delegate tickets will include day long refreshments, lunch for all dietary needs, special offer book editions from a range of speakers, coach transport from QUAD to Markeaton Street Gallery for complimentary evening refreshments and the opening events for five FORMAT exhibitions which include performance works, book signings, and closing speeches. A subsidised bar, café, and food truck will also be provided for our guests during the evening event.

The conference speakers are as follows:


Oliver Frank Chanarin, Independent photographer, UK

Dr. Erika Abad, Nevada State College, USA



Angela M. Brommel, Nevada State College and Clark County Poet Laureate, USA

Prof. B. D. Delaire, Independent writer, EU

Hefar Gotoph, Independent writer, EU

Dr. Philip Harris, University of Derby, UK

Prof. Susan Hogan, University of Derby, UK

Dr. Rebecca Howard,  University of Derby, UK

William Lakin, Middlesex University, UK

Dr. Gemma Marmalade, University of Derby, UK

Dr. Casey Orr, Independent photographer, UK

James Stanford, Independent artist, Nevada, USA

Dr. Lucy Soutter, University of Westminster, UK

Maryam Wahid, Independent photographer, UK

With Dr. Jane Boyer as MC and chair (independent artist, EU)


If you have any questions about the event please email us at [email protected]


Key Information

Delegate Packs and link to join the conference live-stream will be emailed to ticket holders up to a week prior to the event.


Local Hotels: 

The Cathedral Quarter Hotel 

Leonardo Hotel, Derby

Premiere Inn Derby City Centre (Riverlight) 

Premier Inn Derby City Centre (Cathedral Quarter) 


Local Parking: 

Chapel Street Car park 

Assembly Rooms Car Park 

Abbey Street Car Park 

Bold Lane Parksafe Car Park 

Derbion Riverside Parking


Other Travel information can be found on the QUAD website: