FORMAT Conference

10 Apr 2015

Event times

9:30am – 5:30pm (registration begins at 9am)

Cost of entry

Passes: £60, £45 concessions (QUAD members, over 60s, unwaged, student)


Derby, United Kingdom


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For FORMAT15 we present an interdisciplinary conference at QUAD that takes as its starting point the main festival theme of ‘Evidence’.


Each of the selected speakers – a number of whom are exhibiting work as part of FORMAT 15, with others selected from an open call for papers – explore the multi-faceted ways in which ‘Evidence’ can be gathered, examined, re-contextualised and disseminated. The conference day will feature talks by key invited speakers, panel discussions, PechaKucha sessions, culminating with a plenary.

The conference will cover work encompassing photography, moving image and the use of existing archives, teasing out further themes relating to the main Festival theme, such as: ‘Evidence & the Political’; ‘Heritage’, ‘Authenticity’, ‘Photojournalism’ and ‘Science’. The conference is presented in collaboration with QUAD, the University of Derby and the Digital and Material Arts Research Centre, University of Derby.

Keynote Speaker

Eyal Weizman

Selected Speakers

Christine Eyene, Writer and Curator
Kim Knoppers, Curator, Foam, Amsterdam
Jonathan Wright, Programme leader Forensic Science with Criminology, University of Derby
Natasha Caruana, Artist – ‘Love Bomb’
Sarah Pickering, Artist – ‘Art & Antiquities’
Stéphanie Solinas, Artist – ‘How Photography Invented Identity’

Also featuring 
Camilla Brown, Scott Caruth, Lee Wing Ki, Katarzyna Wincenciak, Debbie Adele Cooper, David Moore, Tim Shore,  Bound By No Nation (Tara Darby, Delaine Le Bas, Ronke Osinowo) Presented by Ronke Osinowo, Walter Menzies, Camilla Boemio, Chris O’Reilly, Michelle Bogre, Martina Cleary, Lina Manousogiannaki, Dafna Talmor, Peter Ainsworth, Francesca Seravalle, Allan Taylor, Marco Bohr, Agnieszka Kozlowska

Find out about the speakers subjects and biographies here.


The EVIDENCE of Slideluck
10 April, 6pm – 9pm, The Box £5 (free with food contribution)
Join us for a special edition of Slideluck for after the FORMAT15 Conference. 20 photographic works will be selected from the Slideluck global archive, on the theme of Evidence, by Slideluck European Director Maria Teresa Salvati. People are invited to bring a home-made dish to share with the participants for some mingling and early dinner; then the lights will be dimmed and the show will commence.


Our accommodation partner, Jurys Inn are offering the following deal (limited availability):
£50 BB for sole occupancy rooms (or £60 BB twin or double) for Thursday 8th and Friday 9th April. Please book directly with Jurys Inn on +44(0)1332 621 000 using unique booking codeFORMAT090415

East Midlands Trains offer

Traveling from London to Derby for the FORMAT Conference and Slideluck London event? Book your cheaper train ticket directly through East Midlands Trains for this special offer:

Return train tickets from London St Pancras to Derby
First Class £53.00 
Standard Class £36.50

Valid for all services arriving into London St Pancras at or after 1100 and for trains departing London St Pancras all day. Cannot depart London between: 15:25 - 19:25 on weekdays. There are no restrictions on the weekend.

All bookings can be made via the Sales Team by phone on 03457 125678 option 4, Quote FORMAT


Kim Knoppers

Exhibiting artists

Sarah Pickering

Natasha Caruana

Stéphanie Solinas

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