As a weekend away this ticked many boxes. It had a huge shopping center my wife could lose herself in whilst I went to galleries etc. On top of that it has a huge number of attractions to make it a worthwhile weekend away, the Tate, the Museum of Liverpool etc
Over 200 artists; over 50 exhibitions; over 20 venues; over 30 days
"the biggest, best and boldest photography festival in the UK"
FORMAT19, the leading contemporary photography festival welcomes artists from around the world to the historic city of Derby, as it brings new and exciting photography to the UK for FORMAT’s ninth biennale.
Founded in 2004, FORMAT has over the last fifteen years helped place the UK photography scene on the international cultural map, making it a must attend event on the photography calendar.
The festival’s lead exhibition Mutable.Multiple features artists Max Pinckers, Edgar Martins, Stefanie Moshammer, Amani Willett, Anne Golaz and Virginie Rebetez.
Curated by Tim Clark and FORMAT Artistic Director Louise Fedotov-Clements, this group show investigates the slippage between truth and fiction as it explores issues of entrapment and disappearance, misdirection and exile, invisibility and alternative identities and will "fundamentally challenge documentary conventions" says Tim Clark, who will be giving a curator's tour in Gallery One at QUAD on Friday 15th March at 3.00pm.
In Derby’s museums, art galleries and historic, pop-up and renovated spaces and buildings visitors can see over 50 exhibitions, including portraits of Elvis impersonators and off grid Siberian communities; documentary projects on the tribes of native Indians and the post conflict and wartime landscape of North Africa; a French treasure hunt for buried gold and the search for the truth behind the exclusive Bohemian Club in America and The Brexit Shop, a photographic response to a very British dilemma.
These are just a few of the many extraordinary photography stories visitors to Derby will discover at FORMAT19.