City’s streets are in the frame

Images dealing with the surveillance society, questions of privacy and even streetfighting will be part of the University of Derby’s contribution to the city’s 2011 FORMAT International Photography Festival.

The FORMAT event, held every other year, was established in Derby in 2004 and has become one of the UK’s leading events for international photography and related media.

This year’s festival – now taking place at venues throughout Derby until Sunday April 3 and for some exhibitions beyond – is entitled Right Here, Right Now: Exposures from the public realm and is based around the theme of street photography.

The festival’s curator is Louise Clements. The festival is supported by Derby’s Quad arts centre, in partnership with the university, Derby City Council and Derby Museums.

As well as hosting more than a dozen exhibitions by acclaimed photographic artists during the festival at its Arts, Design and Technology site at Markeaton Street in Derby, the university’s own graduates will exhibit their work.

Their exhibition – entitled Public Dissent – at the university’s Banks’ Mill Studio in Bridge Street, Derby, (between 9am and 5pm weekdays) uses images to look at the issues of privacy and identity in relation to public opinions on photography, surveillance and censorship.

The graduate photographers exhibiting are Gary Austin, Hannah Mitchell, Laura Mclean, Mark Prethero and Rebecca White.

Exhibitor Gary said: “We are all excited to be part of such an important photography festival and exhibiting alongside top international photographers, with all of it happening right here in Derby.

“We are working hard to make sure our group exhibition at Banks Mill is just how we want it. The University of Derby has supported us by helping with funds and our course Lecturer, Vered Lahav, has been a huge help in advising us and editing our group’s catalogue.”

For information about 2011 FORMAT International Photography Festival events and to book tickets go to website, or contact Quad on 01332 290606 or email