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FORMAT News: New PhotoForum Programme Announced

FORMAT is delighted to announce our upcoming programme of PhotoForum talks from August through January 2022

Taking place throughout August and then every last Tuesday of the month, we will be in conversation with some of the most exciting industry professionals who will be sharing their work, insights and stories.

Derby company helps charity bridge the IT gap

A Derby company has donated brand new laptops to a charity which is dedicated to improving the mental health of children, parents and teachers.
L.E.A.D. IT Services, which is based in Victoria Street, Derby, answered the plea for help from Bridge the Gap Child Mental Health, which supports children with their emotions and how to deal with them.

The Old Lock Up Gallery: Secret Postcard Show 2021 and other news

The submission date for The Secret Postcard Show 2021 is just days away now: this Thursday 22nd July!

The gallery continues to need your support via this show and as many of you know building a sustainable art gallery can often be a lengthy process. The gallery brings so much enjoyment to so many peoples lives: including the artists that we work with.

Artcore Exhibition Launch - Present Tense Future Perfect?

You are invited to the launch of Present Tense Future Perfect? An exhibition featuring the work of two of our brilliant artists in residence: Thomas Wynne and Kelly O'Brien.

In October 2020, Kelly O'Brien and Thomas Wynne undertook an artist residency with Artcore for a duration of two months titled Present Tense Future Perfect? Through this residency, we wanted to give the artists an opportunity to make new work dealing with the tensions caused by current uncertainties, whilst looking forward to a brighter future.

Cycle Donations Helps Rocco Spread Bridges of Hope Messages Further Afield

Two Derby businesses have teamed up to donate a top of the range road bike to help local mental health campaigner Rocco Hawkins take his Bridges of Hope messages further afield.

Rocco Hawkins (37) from Spondon caught the attention of many people in city last April as he walked to bridges to leave handwritten notes of support for those struggling with mental health.

Online Training Employer Academy Gives Students A Head Start

A wide range of Construction skills students at Derby College Group (DCG) in Derby and Ilkeston have gained industry-accredited training to boost their chances of securing a job in the industry, thanks to a partnership initiative with Howarth Timber and Building Supplies.

The company, which has been established since 1840 and is the UK’s largest privately-owned timber company with 33 branches across the UK, joined forces with DCG last year to set up an online training Employer Academy.

Charity Support Is Close To Business Owner’s Heart

A Long Eaton business has pledged support for The Brain Tumour Charity which is the world’s largest charity dedicated to funding global research into the disease.

More Than Loft Ladders in Meadow Lane is donating £1 for every job it completes this year and is on target to raise £1,200 by the end of 2021.

The charity is close to the business owner Liam Hobbs’ heart as his wife Kelly (41) was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.

FORMAT News: Opportunity for photography residency

Gallowtree Gate and Halford Street, Leicester: dated 1885 from Historic England Archive

FORMAT and QUAD in association with Historic England and Photoworks are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to work on the long term project, Picturing England’s High Streets, photographing the high streets of Leicester.

Long Eaton Box Office Cultural Hub - Soft market test for Operator

Erewash Borough Council is undertaking a soft market testing exercise to seek the views of external operators for Cultural Hub services. The Council wishes to gain insight into the operating models available in the market place to assist with the development of a detailed specification and to help consider the most appropriate procurement process.

The soft market test will take place from Thursday 15th July until Friday 13th August 2021.

Rave Reviews for Buxton International Festival!

We're thrilled that Buxton International Festival has received fantastic reviews from top critics this year. 

George Hall from The Stage writes “Few UK events can match the Buxton International Festival either for its appealing location, or for the quantity – as well as the quality – of its offerings, whether in opera, books or music."

And from John Allison at The Telegraph, “The Buxton International Festival still feels more festive than any other arts jamboree so far this summer.”


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