As part of my Let This Be A Sign exhibition at Derby’s Silk Mill (part of the Format Festival), we’ve also organised a Placard Making Workshop.

What would you protest about? Taking inspiration from ‘Let this be a sign’ you can make your own placard, photograph yourself and upload the images to Derby At Work. The event is being run in collaboration with Guy Atkins from Make The March and 50K Club.

The workshop will take place on-

16 March 10.00 – 16:00

17 March 13:00 – 16:00

You can find out more here- http://www.formatfestival.com/events/make-your-own-placard-workshop.

Image: Installing framed prints by Seba Kurtis at Darley Mills © Bert Dankaert

Check out our POC Collective exhibition currently on show as part of the Format Festival in Derby. More information here.

Above: South East Hertfordshire Bird-Watchers, Holkham, 2008 © Simon Roberts

An exhibition of photographs from artists in the Piece of Cake collective will be on show during the Format Photography Festival. We will be hosting an opening event on Sunday 10th March at 13.00.

© Bert Danckaert

Created in Rouen in 2002 at the initiative of French photographer Charles Fréger, Piece of Cake, comprises of European and North American artists. Our purpose is to enable these artists to interact as they create, produce, and distribute their works. A major part of POC’s activity includes regular workshops. Four are held each year, two in Europe and two in North America. Format Festival plays host to the current European workshop and several POC artists present a selection of their work here.

© Friederike von Rauch

Artists exhibiting:
Andrew Phelps
Bert Danckaert
Birgitta Lund
Cara Phillips
Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Chan-Hyo Bae
Charles Fréger
Charlott Markus
Friederike von Rauch
Götz Diergarten
Jonathan Gitelson
Loan Nguyen
Marina Gadonneix
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond
Matthias Koch
Patrícia Almeida & David-Alexandre Guéniot
Petros Efstathiadis
Seba Kurtis
Simon Roberts
Ville Lenkkeri

© Seba Kurtis

The exhibition takes place in Darley Mill and shares a space with Derventio – a working independent micro brewery. As a unique offer to festival visitors, ale is available to buy on request every day throughout the exhibition (except for 16, 23 & 31 March)

Photograph: Placards from demonstrations across the UK, 2010 – 2012 (Digital collage) © Simon Roberts

As part of this year’s Format Photography Festival I will be exhibiting an eclectic collection of original protest placards collected from UK demonstrations against economic cuts.

The placards form part of my Let This Be A Sign series and will be exhibited in Derby’s stunning Silk Mill building, which stands on the site of the world’s first factory and is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Trade Union artefacts from The Silk Mill collection will also be on display.The museum is the location of the historic ‘Derby Turn Out‘ when the silk workers, supported by their colleagues in other trades, left work from November 1833 to March 1834 to defend the right to combine in a Trade Union.

For more information, visit http://www.formatfestival.com/artists/simon-roberts

As part of the exhibition, we’ve also organised a Placard Making Workshop. So what would you protest about? Taking inspiration from ‘Let this be a sign’ you can make your own placard, photograph yourself and upload the images to Derby At Work. The event is being run in collaboration with Guy Atkins from Make The March and 50K Club.

The workshop will take place on-

16 March 10.00 – 16:00

17 March 13:00 – 16:00

You can find out more here- http://www.formatfestival.com/events/make-your-own-placard-workshop.