FORMAT24 Presents: Future Now 

Open Call for International Artists in Partnership with LCB Depot, Leicester 

Key Dates:  

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 18 February 2024 11:59 pm GMT 

Artists Notified: 23 February 2024 

LCB Exhibition Dates: 8 March – 28 March 2024 

QUAD Exhibition Dates: 16 March – 30 June 2024 

LCB Exhibition Launch – Friday 8 March 2024, 6 pm 

QUAD Exhibition Launch: Friday 15 March 2024, 6:30 pm 

FORMAT and LCB Depot are delighted to announce an Open Call for international artists to submit work for an exhibition as part of FORMAT24 Presents. We welcome diverse and imaginative proposals and projects from photographers and artists that relate to the theme Future Now. Selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in QUAD’s Extra Gallery Spaces in Derby and LCB Depot in Leicester.  

Photography often facilitates a journey through time. At a more fundamental level, photography allows us to capture people, places and objects that might have been lost to history, giving us an unprecedented ability to reconstruct images of the past and revive our memories far into the future. Photography is taking a more active role throughout history. Future Now would hope to connect with the future through the imagination of photography. 

We are open to all approaches and ideas – from archives to the most contemporary and conceptual projects. We are keen to receive proposals from artists working across different media and themes, including: photographic series and single images; film/ video; long term researched documentary projects; multimedia (such as VR; online and interactive work); installation projects; publications; performances; and participatory projects. Work submitted must be finished projects and ready to display by the exhibition date.  

The FORMAT and LCB team along with a selected jury of photography professionals will view all submissions and select a number of artists to be exhibited in the LCB Depot gallery in Leicester. FORMAT will select up to 3 projects from UK based artists to be exhibited in QUAD’s Extra Gallery Spaces (16 March – 30 June 2024) during FORMAT24 Presents. Work chosen for the exhibition will need to be delivered to the designated venue by Monday 4 March 2024. Details for international entries will be discussed with the successful applicant.  

To apply please complete the following Google Form by Sunday 18 February 2024, 11:59 pm GMT.  

For enquiries, please get in touch with Jodi Kwok (QUAD Assistant Curator) [email protected].  

We support and provide adjustments for people with disabilities – if you have a disability and need help with the application process or would like to submit your application in an alternative format please get in touch at [email protected]

We particularly encourage applications from disabled/neurodivergent creatives, LGBT+ creatives and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. 

QUAD is committed to ensuring an equitable working environment. We actively seek a broad range of people to reflect diverse experiences and backgrounds. We especially encourage applications from candidates who have Black, Asian, Mixed or Global Majority heritage and/or are from working-class/lower socioeconomic backgrounds, identify as LGBTQ+, Female, and people with disability. 

LCB Depot is home to Leicester’s creative businesses and a hub for its creative communities. LCB’s Creative Programme focuses on different creative industries every month, highlighting emerging and established Leicester/shire-based artists, designers and makers and building links within industries locally, nationally and internationally.  

QUAD is an international Centre for engagement in contemporary art and film, based in Derby. The year-round programme focuses on major exhibitions, professional practice for artists, mass participation, commissions, independent film and the creative use of emergent technologies. QUAD is a charity focused on intercultural dialogue through supporting diverse audiences to engage, develop skills and contribute to contemporary culture.  

FORMAT International Photography Festival was established in 2004. 

FORMAT is organised by QUAD and the University of Derby and 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.  

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