FORMAT09 - Call For EXPOSURE Exhibitions

FORMAT is an International Photography Festival that takes place in the city of Derby, UK, which celebrates the diversity of photographic practice from darkroom to digital. Established international practitioners exhibit alongside the best emerging talent from the UK and beyond. The 2009 edition of the festival curated by Louise Clements (Senior Curator, QUAD), is organised around the theme PHOTOCINEMA.

Artists working with photography or moving image are invited to submit proposals for new or existing works for display in the FORMAT EXPOSURE exhibitions in non gallery spaces.

These exhibition opportunities are open to any artist/photographer based in the UK or internationally. Selected artists will be included in the FORMAT09 brochure, catalogue, website and will be profiled as part of the festival.

The EXPOSURE exhibitions curated for FORMAT09 will be held in 30 venues throughout Derby city centre ranging from temporary gallery and non-gallery spaces including bars and cafes, university campuses, museums, civic and other public access buildings.

The selection panel includes:

* Louise Clements - Senior Curator FORMAT & QUAD
* Mike Brown - Arts Projects Co-ordinator FORMAT & Derby City Council
* Clare Grafik - Curator The Photographers Gallery
* David Campany - Writer/Curator/Teacher
* Huw Davies - Dean of Arts Design & Technology, University of Derby
* plus other established arts professionals

The selection Panel will allocate the appropriate venue for selected artists.

The theme for FORMAT09 - PHOTOCINEMA is deliberately broad allowing practitioners to respond loosely or specifically in a number of ways;

We are interested in seeing any work that ranges from 'film still' to 'still film'. The theme for FORMAT09 is positioned in the half-light between these two narrative and technical sensibilities, colliding - fact with fiction, historicism with fantasy.

The festival will contain a broad variety of work from artists who can relate to the cinematic through referencing or have the look of films, single images that are so brimming with narrative as if they were a film in one shot, the use of sequencing, directed or documentary photography and moving image from single still to feature film. Works may be derived from/inspired by film, be highly composed and directed, or can be documentary or street photography, in essence regardless of definition the exhibitions included in the festival will need to subscribe to a notion of the cinematic.

The FORMAT09 programme will include photographic work that is challenging and engages with relevance to contemporary life, work shown will need to demonstrate stability of purpose and a relationship to the theme 'PHOTOCINEMA'.

FORMAT09 will include the diversity of techniques within photography from darkroom to digital, printed, projected and moving image. Including works that fall within these categories:

* Screen based
* Projected
* Wall mounted
* Web based

Download the application form and details here.

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What: FORMAT09 - Call For EXPOSURE Exhibitions
Where: Various locations across Derby
When: March/April 2009
Further Details:
-Visit the FORMAT festival website
Deadline: Mon 28 Jul 2008