We are producing FORM Fringe to coincide with FORMAT International Photography Festival 2019 - A world renowned festival which reaches both a global and local audience from its base in Derby. 

FORM Fringe will consist of a series of exhibitions, events and a photobook stall - alongside other festival exhibitions and in association with FORMAT. 

The Open Call invites artists interested in working collaboratively to join FORM @Derby Fringe and benefit from peer support, critical feedback and opportunity to  exhibit.

Responding to the wide-ranging notion of 'form', individual artists are invited to submit their own interpretations, each presenting a series of photographic based images, which consider form on a personal, societal or political level.

The work of the 12 participating artists, made up of FORM members and the winners of the Open Call, will be curated into an exhibition in Derby.

As this is focused on professional development, current undergraduate students are not eligible.

Entry is free.

About FORM:

Form: 'To make or be made into a specific shape or form'

A lens based collective, FORM create and communicate on issues concerning altered identity. Focused on progress through process, we believe nothing is ever fully formed and that we are always in flux. 

We reject absolutes in favour of experimentation. Compelled by a need for ongoing personal development through critique and conversation, each member brings a distinct practice and background - a multiplicity that perfectly aligns with the collectives core beliefs in cross pollination and experimentation. Our current works ask questions about gender, health, education and technology - probing the bonds that build us, processes that shape us and the barriers that ultimately break us.

FORM experiments with ideas of collective authorship and collaboration and as such, the individual works will not be authored to the individuals, instead as the collective.


Selected artists will receive:

Travel bursary up to £150

Print bursary (with support of Metro Imaging)

Accommodation for FORMAT opening weekend

Group feedback with FORM and crit day with Camilla Brown

NOTE: Applicants must be available to attend the crit session on Sunday 3rd March

How to apply:

To apply please send a PDF (max 2 sides of A4) to including:

An overview of your practice & experience to date

Your interest in collaborating with FORM collective

Your response to the theme ‘form’

Previous examples of your work

Links to your portfolio and/or website

DEADLINE: Sunday 24th February 10am


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