Photo by Chloe Bates


YoungFORMAT  is a mixed group exhibition featuring projects from the QUAD Young Advocates Open Call;  QClub and Burton and South Derbyshire College.

QUAD’s Young Advocates are a group of creative producers, decision makers and reviewers, aged 16-25, who work with QUAD staff and artists to shape and influence QUAD’s public programme.

They asked young people, aged 25 and under, to submit their photos around the FORMAT21 theme of CONTROL specifically exploring key ideas:

Places where decisions are made
People who make decisions
Spaces and places that young people have control over Moments where children are able to make their own decisions

The resulting exhibition has been selected and curated by QUAD’s Young Advocates.

Q-Clubbers have made the exhibition Support Bubbles Throughout the coronavirus lockdowns they have been responding to the theme CONTROL. The images communicate the young people’s experience of lockdown and the emotions and frustrations felt through their spiralling sense of flux and loss of control over their daily lives and established routines.

Inside/Outside is a response to the lack of control over their own lives during the COVID 19 pandemic, QClub girls group worked with Art Therapist Amanda Wray and artist Abbie Canning to explore notions of inside and outside of selves – our inner feelings and what we present to the world.

The group worked using mixed media to produce sculptural houses layered with photography, to convey their thoughts and ideas.

QClub is a BBC Children In Need funded project for children and young people on the autistic spectrum, with additional support needs, disabilities, children who are looked after or socially isolated. QClubbers have opportunity to work with a variety of artists to explore digital technologies in a visual art context.

Burton and South Derbyshire College Students from Burton and South Derbyshire college have spent the past 4 months producing work in response to FORMAT  21’s theme CONTROL. The work explores the everyday limits we put on ourselves emotionally and physically as well as those put upon us. The way we observe, obey, maintain, challenge, let go of and in other situations embrace control to live, play, learn, and create.