FORMAT13 programme is announced in Derby

FORMAT13ARTSBEAT FESTIVALS: Details of the city-wide exhibitions throughout Derby as part of FORMAT International Photography Festival have been announced and today hightlights of what can be expected were presented to invited guests at the  Cathedral.

FORMAT13 is the sixth edition of the biennial festival, presented by QUAD and the University of Derby and takes place from  March 7 until April 7.

Louise Clements, QUAD artistic director and director of FORMAT outlined a packed  programme which promises to be the biggest and most ambitious yet.

An exciting line-up of exhibitions will take place in QUAD and throughout Derby, alongside events for everyone – from those just interested in photography to professional photographers.

The theme of FORMAT13 is FACTORY and Mass Production, and over 200 artists will be exhibiting their work.

Highlights include a new exhibition Notes Home from the Archive of Modern Conflict; the UK premiere of Album Beauty from the collection of Erik Kessels; a FACTORY survey from the Piece of Cake Collective; a new exhibition featuring an intervention by Melinda Gibson in conjunction with Thomas Sauvin and The Archive of Modern Conflict’s Silvermine collection from Beijing and Still Waters a special commission by Brian Griffin, one of the UK’s most influential and creative portrait photographers.

Louise said, “FORMAT13 will be not only a celebration of Derby, the birth place of mass production, but will also explore how the factory continues to be relevant in the 21st century digital age through a programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, mass participation and much more. It is quite playful this festival because we believe people should enjoy what they are experiencing.”

Huw Davies, Dean of the faculty of arts at  the University of Derby, who has been involved in the organisation of the event said: “It has always been an engaging, challenging and also  accessible festival in terms of its celebration of the photographic image in all of its forms and I think FORMATt 2013 will continue that tradition and ambition.

“It is the best place to see established photographers alongside some of the latest emerging talent.”

For more details about the festival and how you can take part with workshops and by submitting your own photographs to MobFORMAT go to http://www.formatfestival.com or follow the event on Facebook.com/formatfestival.

There will be more details on artsbeat blog as the festival gets underway and in the March edition of the magazine.