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East meets West 2


Exhibition opportunity for emerging photographers and filmmakers based in the Midlands.
QUAD, FORMAT (Derby) and GRAIN Projects (Birmingham) are seeking submissions from emerging photographers and filmmakers who are based in the East or West Midlands, or those who have recently graduated (within 3 years) from a Midlands-based university.

We are inviting you to submit new or existing photographic or short film works that broadly relate to the theme of LEISURE. Selected artists will be invited to exhibit their work in QUAD’s Extra Gallery Spaces and take part in portfolio review sessions with industry expert(s) as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the development of emerging talent within the region.


time when one is not working or occupied; free time.

The term leisure brings to mind a myriad of subject matter, from the quintessentially British seaside resort, the local bingo hall, binge drinking students, a five-a-side football match or videogames with friends; everyone has their preferred ways to spend their leisure time, whether alone or with friends, and meaning something unique to each individual. 

We want to see your interpretations and projects exploring LEISURE in response to QUAD’s main gallery exhibition Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf, a fully playable mini golf course for which nine artists have each been commissioned to design a hole.


Louise Clements – Artistic Director, QUAD & FORMAT International Photography Festival

Nicola Shipley – Director, GRAIN Projects

Sebah Chaudhry – Festival Coordinator, FORMAT International Photography Festival

Michael Sargeant – Assistant Curator, QUAD & FORMAT International Photography Festival

David Severn – Photographer and previous EMW exhibitor