FORMAT ONLINE PORTFOLIO REVIEW
SATURDAY 18TH JULY 2020
FORMAT Portfolio Review
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The FORMAT Portfolio Review will take place on Saturday 18th July. Due to the Corona Virus, and uncertain times, we are now hosting the event online. All existing bookings will be carried over. Whilst we are dealing with rearranging the review, new bookings will not be taken. We will open bookings again in June. For up to date information please join our Facebook page. To join our mailing list please visit our website.
The Portfolio Review is aimed at committed photographers with a developed and serious approach to their work. Recent graduates are welcome. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries. We have a bespoke booking system so that reviews can be selected online. This system allows you to choose the reviewers and time slots. It is a first come first served basis. You can view and select the slots you want. Please note, your reviews are not confirmed until you have paid.
We advise you look through the reviewers and make a list of at least 10 that you would like to see, in the order you would like to see them so that you are prepared when you book.
Please read all the information carefully before making a booking. Please keep an eye on the website and the FORMAT Facebook Portfolio Review dedicated page for more info.
Anne is a creative director, photo historian and lecturer. As an award-winning editorial art director, she worked in Amsterdam, Paris and London before joining the National Portrait Gallery as an independent consultant invited to commission themed group portraiture. Between 2009-2012 she developed the creative approach and produced the Gallery’s largest ever commission The Road to 2012. This included three annual exhibitions, public realm national touring exhibition, and accompanying social engagement projects.
Anne is now completing her role on the multimedia touring project SIXTEEN, which asks what it’s like to be sixteen years old now. The final exhibition of the yearlong tour that crisscrossed the UK from the Outer Hebrides to Northern Ireland, north, north west, the midlands, the south west and east of England and north Wales concludes its tour in London.
She would like to see portraiture and whatever personal projects the photographer is developing with enthusiasm and excitement.
Azu is the Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non- profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria. He was elected as the Interim Director/ Head Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa from June 2018 to August 2019. He also serves as Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography held in Lagos. He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art. Azu served as a juror for the Dutch Doc, POPCAP Photography Awards, the World press Photo, Prisma Photography Award (2015), Greenpeace Photo Award (2016), New York Times Portfolio Review (2017-18), W. Eugene Smith Award (2018), Photo Espana (2018), Foam Paul Huf Award (2019), Wellcome photography prize (2019) and is a regular juror for organisations such as Lensculture and Magnum.
For the past 20 years, he has curated private collections for various prominent individuals and corporate organisations in Africa. Nwagbogu obtained a Masters in Public Health from The University of Cambridge. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Azu is only ever interested in work made with conviction and thoroughly researched even when the artist is dealing with the self.
Ben is the Director of Stills: Centre for Photography, a gallery with production facilities that was established in 1977 and is based in the heart of Edinburgh. His curated exhibitions for Stills have included presentations of work by Anna Atkins, Kate Davis, Margaret Watkins, kennardphillipps, Lewis Baltz, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman and Jo Spence. Each year, Ben curates exhibitions highlighting new talent in photography from Scotland. He has also developed an annual series of displays showcasing photographic objects from rarely seen public and private archives and collections.
From 2003-13, Ben was Curator of Contemporary Art for Glasgow Museums where he curated numerous temporary exhibitions and collection displays for the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). From 2007-12, he was Lead Curator on Glasgow’s Art Fund International collecting project.
Ben is interested in all work, particularly in: content raising awareness to social and political issues; innovative practice and approaches to content, technique and display; links to Scotland; content that draws upon the history of photography, archives and collections.
Photo by Flannery O’Kafka
Bridget is a senior picture editor based in London, where she has worked for national newspapers and magazines.
In addition to her editorial experience, Bridget has curated a number of exhibitions, including Residual Traces, a photographic response to the 2012 Olympics at Photofusion in Brixton and in 2009 was Director of the Hereford Photography Festival where she presented the photography of European photographers working with the image of the child in “Seen But Not Heard” and curated the retrospective show of photojournalist and filmmaker John Bulmer.
Bridget has been a guest reviewer at international photography festivals including, Photoespania, Spain; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea; Contact International Photography Festival, Canada; Fotofest, US and Format International Photography Festival, UK. In 2015 Bridget was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Photography, UK.
Bridget would prefer to see projects that are either nearly finished or completed. Could be on any subject or genre.
Camilla is a curator, writer and lecturer on contemporary art, specialising in photography based in Derbyshire. For ten years she was Senior curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London previous to which she was Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool. She is on the Board of Directors at QUAD, Derby and on the steering group for FORMAT Photography Festival. She holds a number of academic posts and has been Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries at Middlesex University and more recently started teaching MA photography and Fine Art at the University of Derby. She is Associate Curator for GRAIN, a West Midlands based arts organisation dedicated to commissioning high quality photography projects, events and exhibitions.
She is a regular contributor to the webzine Photomonitor writing book and exhibition reviews as well as longer essays on UK based photographers.
Area of work interested in: She is curious about a range of practice and has specialised in exhibiting photography and moving image work. She has areas of research looking at self – portraiture and also landscape photography.
Charlie is an independent Producer and Curator, the Community Engagement Manager at Manchester Histories and Project Manager for UP Projects.
In 2019 she became the Interim Curator for Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, where she worked on exhibitions including Visual Rights. For four years before that she worked for Redeye, the Photography Network managing their programme of professional development events and conferences.
She uses her experience and insight in the arts to work with multiple photographers to advise on their practice, co-fundraise, coordinate projects and produce exhibitions. Her latest project involves working with Elizabeth Wewiora under the producing name of Wewiora & Booth to produce Quinn – a journey by Lottie Davies currently open at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry.
As Community Engagement Manager for Manchester Histories she helped deliver the award-winning project Peterloo 2019. Focusing on the delivery of hundreds of public events across Greater Manchester including the BFI Film Academy in partnership with HOME and the recruitment and management of the volunteer Peterloo Ambassadors.
She developed her curatorial practice at the Hepworth Wakefield and South Square Gallery in Bradford as a Curatorial Fellow. For the past five years she has worked on a variety of exhibition delivery roles such as Assistant Curator for the Tall Tales National Touring exhibition and Exhibitions Coordinator for Let’s Go Global.
Charlie is hoping to see new work by Photographers open to working collaboratively to produce exhibitions and projects that have purpose and work towards social change.
** Cindy will be reviewing with Skinder, to book with her, select a review with Skinder **
Cindy is a Curator and Special Projects Producer at the New Art Exchange, the largest contemporary art space in the UK focusing on underrepresented practices in the arts. Alongside the CEO, Cindy leads on the Here, There & Everywhere – Africa/UK: Transforming Art Ecologies project which partners with Biennale International Casablanca 2020. She also curates critically engaged exhibitions and delivers events. In addition, partly manages the national and international touring of NAE’s exhibitions and coordinates ExperiMentor – NAE’s artist development and mentoring scheme for local emerging artists.
She is a cultural producer, curator and young writer with a specific interest in intellectual, political and artistic aspects of decoloniality within the arts and feminist movements and writings. Specifically, decolonial artistic practices, curatorial and institutional methodologies from a Black women perspective and her embodied knowledges informed by lived experiences. She is passionate about the dissemination of epistemologies and new cultural production from the ‘Global South’, as a political space.
She studied Communication, Media & Cultural Mediation at University Paris 8, France (2014), including a fully funded year Erasmus studying at Panteion University in Athens, Greece. She also did a Master’s in Cultural Events Management (2015) at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
Cindy previously worked at Nottingham Contemporary in the Exhibitions and Public Programmes departments (2017-2018). She is also part of a Nottingham-based collective, SheAfriq, a group of creative Black women that programme a diverse range of events in and out of institutions to reclaim their space within the city.
Photo Credit: Richard Chung
Dagmar is the UK Photo Editor of the German weekly stern magazine. She proposes story and feature ideas, commissions and buys work for stern and writes features about culture and photography for this renowned publication. Dagmar also contributes to the magazine’s associated titles such as the monthly VIEW, the bi-monthly stern CRIME and others, and runs K&R Media, a photo agency and correspondents’ service for various German and Swiss media clients such as Die Zeit, Brigitte, the Swiss broadsheet NZZ and the broadcaster ARD. She is passionate about discovering and developing new talent and has held workshops and talks about editorial photography and its role in storytelling in the UK and abroad. Dagmar is also Director of K&R Media, a photo agency for German and Swiss media.
Dagmar would like to see work from a wide range of photographic genres, especially if it has a strong narrative which may appeal to a more mainstream international readership. Photojournalism, documentary, street photography and portraiture are her main focus. She is interested in conceptual and fashion photography too, though generally not in architecture.
David Drake is the Director of Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. Ffotogallery’s work involves exhibitions, print and online publishing, and an extensive education programme. Ffotogallery has been the lead agency for two pan-European cooperation projects, European Prospects and A Woman’s Work. David is also Director of the biennial Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography, this year in its fourth edition, and was Project Director for Wales’ pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015. In 2017/18, Ffotogallery collaborated with the Nazar Foundation on a project called Dreamtigers, as part of the UK-India programme.
David is Curator of a major UK-Gulf photography exhibition commissioned by the British Council Abu Dhabi which has been touring seven countries in 2019/20.
As a portfolio reviewer, David offers participants curatorial feedback and guidance on how to present their work to galleries and publishers, including Ffotogallery, how to pitch for art commissions, and advice on their development as a professional artist. He is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work with conceptually driven themes that have been or are near completion. He welcomes reviewing contemporary image-based work across a wide range of practices, including fine art and documentary photography, video, installation and digital media work.
As Ffotogallery does not present purely commercial, fashion or stock photography, he would prefer not to review such work.
Erik Vroons (1976, The Netherlands) is Editor-at-large for GUP, the international platform for creative contemporary photography, and as Chief editor for the print edition of GUP Magazine. Furthermore, since 2012, he is closely involved with the production of, and the selection procedure for, the annual catalog GUP New (previously titled New Dutch Photography Talent) and its European version, Fresh Eyes since 2019. In recent years, he also initiates exhibitions with emerging artists based in The Netherlands, in the form of group shows at festivals and galleries around the world (e.g. Artsalon Taipei/2017; BredaPhoto/ 2018 and Paraty em Foco, Brazil/2018).
As a freelance writer/critic Erik has also contributed texts to several other international print magazines (e.g. British Journal of Photography, 1000Words, Archivo) and blogs (e.g, World Press Photo’s ‘Witness’). He is closely involved in the editing of various photobooks and contributes essays to several monographies. His collaborations within projects by award-winning photographers also include elements of research and curatorial conceptualization.
As a freelancer, Erik is furthermore active for World Press Photo (leading a fact-checking team for the annual awards) and several Dutch organizations concerned with the stimulation of photography. He is also a mentor in the field of creative authorship and the development of (documentary) projects, in the form of workshops. He is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and holds an MA in Photographic Studies (University Leiden) and an MA in Media Studies (University of Amsterdam).
Erik is looking forward to seeing the kind of photography which demonstrates smart and original approached to art- and documentary related subjects, by means of creative and convincing artistic authorship.
Photo Credit: Diane van der Marel
Helen Starr is a Afro-Carib curator and producer who moved to the UK from Trinidad in the early 90’s. She founded The Mechatronic Library in 2010, to enable artists and museums to create artworks using new media technologies, such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). She has worked with award winning public institutions such as the South London Gallery, FACT in Liverpool and QUAD in Derby.
Helen is interested in how Virtual, AI and digital systems no longer simply model physical reality, but also shape the way we behave and act with or without our knowledge and consent. These digital artworks are showcased in thought provoking multimedia exhibitions accompanied by insightful public programmes. Community, healing and learning are the core of her practice.
Helen prefers portfolios which are personal, political and futuristic. Helen can advise on story-telling, project development and how to integrate new media into your practice.
Image credit: Anna Bunting- Branch still from META 2019, (360 degree film, 15mins)
Created in 2010, the Guernsey Photography Festival brings together major names in international photography with a host of emerging talent, for a packed month of exhibitions, projections, talks, educational workshops and community events on the island. The festival is now firmly established as one of the most important and successful cultural events in Guernsey and has positioned itself amongst the best festivals of photography in Europe.
The festival concentrates mainly on contemporary photography including documentary and conceptual work. Jean-Christophe can offer various platforms for photographers through the festivals range of exhibitions, talks series and artist in residence programmes. The festival has developed close relationships with other major international festivals, galleries, agencies and publishers so JC can recommend people when appropriate.
For JC, a strong portfolio has to be coherent, innovative with a strong sense of artistic integrity. He is particularly interested in individuals who keep developing and maturing their work and strive to keep producing high quality projects over time. Reviewing a portfolio is above all about opening a dialogue with the artist. It is about creating an environment of attentive listening in order to deliver clear guidance and advice.
Photo by Peter Franklin/Guernsey Press
John Duncan is one of the editors of Source magazine. He studied Documentary Photography at Newport and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art and still makes his own work. In each issue Source publishes two personal projects by photographers on its ‘portfolio pages’. His role is to be on the look out for new work for this section of the magazine. This includes work by photographers in the early stages of their careers, recent graduates as well as more established photographers.
To give us editorial focus work needs to made by photographers from or based in the UK or Ireland. Source has quite a broad remit in terms of what they publish. In general its personal projects resolved over an extended series of images. The archive section of their website gives you a sense of what they do. John is interested in looking at prints rather than images on screens. He is happy to look at longer edits of work in progress or completed work.
Karen is the Creative Director of Shutter Hub, a photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. Shutter Hub provides the chance for photographers to professionally promote their work, access high quality opportunities and make new connections within the photographic community.
Karen is also a curator, consultant, photographer and writer. She curates exhibitions internationally and has won awards for photography, writing and community development.
Karen wants to see work by photographers who are looking for support and direction, who want to exhibit their work and develop their networks.
Karen is Senior Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery. She has curated exhibitions including Jim Goldberg, Open See (2009); Fiona Tan, Vox Populi, London (2012); Andy Warhol, Photographs: 1976 – 1987 (2014); Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy (2014) and Rosângela Rennó, Río-Montevideo(2016). She has co-curated Geraldo De Barros, What Remains (2013) with Isobel Whitelegg, Made You Look, Dandyism and Black Masculinity (2016) with EkowEshun and Shot in Soho (2019) with Julian Rodriguez. Karen has curated external exhibitions at The Moscow House of Photography and The National Gallery of Kosovo. She regularly participates in international workshops, writes for photography publications, guest lectures across the UK and edits artists books. Karen also facilitates TPG New Talent, a programme and exhibition for UK based emerging practitioners.
Karen is happy to view work from many genres including that which falls under an expanded definition of photography and image making. Work in progress is welcomed, as well as finished projects. Karen is less interested in viewing advertising or heavily commercial work.
Karin is a picture editor at The Guardian where she works on the print edition of the newspaper. During her ten years there she has worked across all print titles, including Weekend Magazine, G2 as well as online. While on G2, Karin wrote for the photography column My Best Shot, interviewing leading photographers including Vanley Burke, Cristina de Middel and Carrie Mae Weems. Prior to working at the Guardian, Karin worked at the Evening Standard, NME and Time Out.
She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Central St Martins and a Masters in History of Photography from Birkbeck. Karin is a regular participant at photography festivals and has been invited to portfolio reviews at Rencontres D’Arles and Photo Espania. She has been an international panelist on photography competitions and was a mentor for Women Photograph’s first year long program for emerging photographers.
She is interested in seeing people who work in news and features.
Marina Paulenka is the Artistic Director of UNSEENFoundation, a platform for contemporary photography that presents the latest developments in the field of photography and amplifies the careers of boundary-pushing artists.
Prior to her new role at Unseen, she worked as a curator and Artistic Director of the Organ Vida International Photography Festival and the non-for-profit Organ Vida Photography Organization, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia.
So far she has curated numerous exhibitions and work with artists such as Tabita Rezaire, Dana Lixenberg, Zanele Muholi, Hannah Starkey, Roger Ballen, Pieter Hugo, Nina Berman, Amalia Ulman, Laia Abril, Katrin Koenning and many others.
Marina is the recipient of the Lucie Awards 2018 for best curator/exhibition of the year for the exhibition “Engaged, Active, Aware: Women Perspectives Now”.
She nominates photographers for The Joop Swart Masterclass, the Prix Pictet, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and she is an international juror and portfolio reviewer at many institutions, awards and festivals worldwide including the Les Rencontres d’Arles, Hamburg Triennial, Robert Capa Prize, FORMAT.
Michael Itkoff is a Cofounder of Daylight Books, a non-profit organisation dedicated to publishing art and photography books. For over a decade, Daylight has been dedicated to publishing art and photography via its print and digital publishing programs. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalise th relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.
Michael has been deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media and has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Before starting Daylight, Michael spent time at the Annie Leibovitz Studio, Aperture Foundation and Rizzoli International Publications. His monograph, ‘Street Portraits’, was published by Charta Editions in 2009.
Monica Allende is an independent curator, consultant and educator. She is the Artistic Director of LandskronaFoto Festival, and was GetxoPhoto International Image Festival Artistic Director from 2017 to 2019. She has also collaborated with WeTransfer as a Consultant and Creative Producer, as well as the director of FORMAT17 International Photography Festival.
She has worked with Screen Projects and produced and curated Blue Skies Project, a multidisciplinary project with artist Anton Kusters and Ruben Samama exhibited during PhotoLondon 2019 and currently showing at USHMM. It was also recently shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.
Monica was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section. She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication, London & EFTI in Madrid.
She has also produced and taught creatives labs including for FIFV in Chile, ScreenLab in London and WPP JOOP Masterclass in Saudi Arabia. Along with the University of Sunderland’s Mentorship Business Programme, Festival Internazionale a Ferrara, WPP workshop Angola, Magnum Professional Practice Workshops, among many others.
She is dedicated to nurturing new and established talent and nominates photographers for prizes including the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, the Prix Pictet andThe Joop Swart Masterclass/ WPP.
She has served on juries across the world including the Center Awards in Santa Fe, Perth Center for Photography, Vogue Festival, Bar Tur Photobook Award, La Fabrica/Photo London dummy award and LandskronaFoto.
She has also been the recipient of the Amnesty International Media Photojournalism Award, the Picture Editor’s Award, the Online Press Award and Magazine Design Award for Best Use of Photography.
Photo by Carlos Alba.
Nicola works as a Producer, Curator, Project Manager, Mentor and Consultant specialising in photography. She trained as an art historian, has an MA in History of Art, and a background in the visual arts, including in commissioning, exhibitions, collections, public art, artists education and professional development.
She is currently Director of GRAIN Projects, based in Birmingham UK, facilitating the hub and network and leading on the programme and activities which include commissioning new work, curating exhibitions, developing artist’s and photographer’s training, development and networking opportunities, organising talks and symposia and developing new audiences. In her capacity at GRAIN she is interested in working with emerging and established artists and photographers.
Recent projects include collaborations with FORMAT Festival, Magnum Photos, Redeye Photography Network, Brighton Photo Fringe, Library of Birmingham and The Hive Arts Centre.
Nicola is interested in seeing fine art photography and bodies of work that have a clear subject or story to tell, which the photographer explores in an original way. This could be within documentary, portraiture, still life or fine art. She is interested in a wide range of photographic genres including emerging practices. She is not interested in seeing fashion photography, photojournalism or architectural photography.
Dr. Nina Heydemann is currently the director of the Maraya Art Centre and the 1971 – Design Space in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Established in 2010, the Maraya Art Centre is a non-profit art space that is also home to the Maraya Video Archive and the Maraya Art Park. The 1971- Design Space, launched in Sharjah in 2015, is a non-profit platform for local as well asinternational designers and houses the 1971 -Design Store.
Before her appointment, Nina worked as the Senior Manager – Visual Arts heading the Department of Visual Arts at the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) in Abu Dhabi from 2014-2018. She received her PhD degree in Art History from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and the University College London (UCL), United Kingdom. Her dissertation “The Art of Quotation. Forms and Themes of the Art Quote, 1990-2010”, examines inter-pictorial referentiality of contemporary artworks. Previously, she worked as an exhibition manager for the Deutsche Bank Art Collection in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
Nina studied Art History and Cultural Sciences at the University of Leipzig, the Università Ca’ Foscarì Venice and Venice International University, Italy. She was awarded scholarships from the University of Leipzig, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschenVolkes).
Nuno Ricou Salgado
Since 1990, Nuno has worked as a creative producer and project manager for several institutions in the cultural industries. He has developed projects related with visual arts (photography), festivals, performing arts (theatre), multimedia (cinema, video and television), music, creative markets, international cultural networks and conferences.
PARALLEL is a platform that brings together creative European organisations committed to promoting cross-cultural exchanges and mentorships in order to set new standards in contemporary photography. The platform consists of 18 partners from 16 countries ensuring a wide geographical spread. With its large and diverse network, PARALLEL aims to establish a wide and effective platform for the exhibition of European emerging artists and curators and to promote a more fluid and functional link between them and the exhibitors (museums, galleries and festivals).
Nuno is also Artistic Director of Procur.arte, a Lisbon based organisation that specialises and produces International photography projects.
Nuno is interested in working with a good story, and always looking for new photographers to work with.
Peggy Sue Amison
Peggy Sue is Artistic Director for East Wing, a platform for international photography founded in Doha, Qatar. As a curator, writer, strategist, mentor and photographic consultant, Peggy Sue has collaborated with numerous emerging and established photographers, festivals and publications internationally. Before beginning her position at East Wing, Peggy Sue was Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre in Ireland (2001 – 2014) where she headed a multidisciplinary visual arts and residency programme. Peggy was also a board member of the Belfast Photo Festival in Northern Ireland (2012 – 2016). She is presently based in Berlin.
Peggy is most interested to in reviewing works that are well researched with an innovative point of view. As a curator, producer and consultant, Peggy Sue can help artists consider strategies for developing their projects through editing and sequencing, but also she can suggest ways to grow their professional practice and promote their work to a larger audience internationally. She is not interested in most fashion, nudes or commercial photography.
Peter is a Senior Curator based at QUAD in Derby. He has been a professional curator for 15 years, having previously been a visual artist exhibiting work in the UK, across Europe and in the US. He has been based at QUAD since early 2012 where he has led on a range of projects, including the mass participation film work Derby Soap Opera with the artist and filmmaker Marinella Senatore and involving almost 15,000 Derby Residents; group exhibitions Illuminated; The Pride and the Passion: Contemporary Art, Football and The Derby County Collection and the AI/ robot themed exhibition Our Friends Electric.
Peter has also curated/organised solo shows at QUAD including projects by Lindsay Seers; Benedict Drew; Susan Pui San Lok; Susan MacWilliam, and Joey Holder. He has managed and curated a number of digitally focused projects – including the immersive AR gallery-based game-experience Glitched: Quest for the Lost MacGuffin; the interactive installation What a Loving and Beautiful World by Japanese digital art collective teamLab; the digital installation Line Segment Space by Korean based Kimchi and Chips, and most recently a new VR commission by the American artist and digital art pioneer Rebecca Allen.
Before joining QUAD, Peter was Curator at ArtSway, in the New Forest, where he was responsible for the exhibitions, residency, commissioning and education programmes, working on exhibitions by artists Nathaniel Mellors; Hew Locke; Christopher Orr; Gayle Chong Kwan; Jamie Shovlin; Anne Hardy and Beate Gutshow. Whilst at ArtSway he worked on a number of digital-focused projects, working with artists such as boredomresearch, and Gibson/Martelli. In addition, he co-curated along with ArtSway Director Mark Segal the New Forest Pavilion at the 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 Venice Biennales, and has been a member of the team for FORMAT International Photography Festival in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Sian is a UK based artist and curator. She is currently Reader in Photography at Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University. In 1999 she established TRACE, the curation and publishing project. She curated the first ever showing of UK student photographic work for the 2014 Pingyao International Photography Festival and has continued each year since.
Sian regularly reviews portfolios at international photography festivals and has judged major competitions including The Jerwood Photography Prize in 2006 and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2009.
She is interested in seeing all forms of photography apart from glamour. Reviewing at FORMAT previously, she has seen many bodies of work that she has taken to exhibit in Pingyao Festival, and is happy to see student work.
** Skinder will be reviewing with Cindy **
Skinder is CEO/Director of New Art Exchange and has been in post since the establishment of the organisation in September 2008 positioning NAE as one of the leading contemporary art spaces in the UK. He has successfully led the organisation through a significant period of growth and development, achieving a strong reputation for creating and producing high quality adventurous art, bringing international level culturally diverse art to Nottingham and the UK. He is passionate about supporting new talent, and creating ‘incredible encounters’, rethinking and improving how the arts and cultural ecology works so that the value of art and culture is shared as widely as possible and is inclusive at all levels. He has successfully delivered many complex, large-scale projects, including Here There & Everywhere international programme as part of Re-Imagine India.
Skinder has commissioned significant artists including Akram Zaatari, Zarina Bhimji, John Akomfrah, Hetain Patel, Zineb Sedira, Hurvin Anderson and Sonia Boyce and presented works at NAE including Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ and Turner prize winners Elizabeth Price and Duncan Campbell. Several commissions have been bought by Tate, Arts Council Collection and international museums.
There are three booking options, and they are as follows:
- 4 reviews – £90
- 6 reviews – £140
- 8 reviews – £190
We recommend you only book 8 reviews if you have had your work reviewed before as it can be quite an intense experience.
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FORMAT 20 Awards Night
The Portfolio Walk takes place between 4.30pm - 6pm, after the review. The tables are turned, and photographers lay out their work to be seen by reviewers and the public.
The Awards will be announced the same night over a dinner for reviewers and photographers. Winners are chosen throughout the day and during the Portfolio Walk.
FORMAT is the UK’s leading non-profit international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. It contains exhibitions, portfolio reviews, workshops, commissions, conference, screenings, talks, photo collectives, publications, mass participation, performance and much more. The next festival will take place between March – April 2019 in Derby, UK but FORMAT continues to develop and produce a year-round programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks and more.
In preparation for the review here are a few useful links from our friends online: