#PicturingDerby Open Call

‘Art in the Streets’

Open Call for Photographs from Derby and Derbyshire’s residents as part of @PicturingHighStreets

FORMAT/QUAD in partnership with Historic England and Photoworks present Picturing High Streets – a three-year project that will create a contemporary picture of England’s high streets. The project has two parts: a socially engaged photographer in residence programme and a public call out to create an unofficial photographic archive of the English high street on Instagram.

A national outdoor exhibition showcasing work submitted by the public will go on display throughout England from Spring next year. As part of this project, FORMAT will be selecting submissions to feature on Derby’s highstreets. Working with Jack Arts and supported by Historic England and Derby City Council this outdoor exhibition will give a view of the best and most celebrated parts of the country’s highstreets with a specific focus on FORMAT’s home city ofDerby; charting and celebrating the history and experiences of the people and places that make up an often-overlooked fixture in all our lives.

Over the next two months FORMAT/QUAD are inviting the people of Derby and Derbyshire to respond to the theme ‘Art in the Streets’; Show us the people, public art and performances that turn your high street into a piece of art. From street art to street dance, murals to window displays, local characters to hidden hang outs, send us the photos that celebrate Derby and Derbyshire in all its forms!

We are inviting people to upload their photos to their own Instagram using #PicturingDerby and #PicturingHighStreets. A selection of photographs from across Derbyshire submitted before 15 January 2023 will form an outdoor exhibition opening on 16 March 2023 as part of the next FORMAT International Photography Festival biennale –FORMAT23. The artwork will fill freestanding outdoor exhibition panels which will be displayed in multiple sites around Derby City Centre.

Follow @PicturingHighStreets on Instagram and post your pictures using #PicturingDerby.