I’m really pleased to be involved in Matter Collective’s inaugural event at Format Festival this weekend. There will be three exciting days of studio portraiture, spanning the opening weekend of the festival, from Tom Hunter (13 March), myself (14 March) and Dafna Talmore. There’ll be live feeds of the images released throughout the day, so keep an eye on the social media links below to see some of the results.
For more information about what I’ll be doing, please see below:
Coming to Light
Portraits by Francesca Moore
Coming to Light is a Format Festival 2015 event, presented in association with Matter Collective. Photographer Francesca Moore pays tribute to the city’s eminent artist Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797). Wright was one of the most significant and innovative painters of the late eighteenth century, beginning his career as a portrait painter before becoming best known for his striking paintings of scientific experiments and industrial scenes representing the emerging industrial revolution in the Midlands.
In his paintings, Wright vividly explored the contrast between light and shade, using artificial light sources to dramatic effect. Wright’s formal painted portraits of prominent members of society were intended to affirm their status and document their interests. Working in a pop-up studio, Francesca will offer visitors the opportunity to sit for a photographic portrait that re-creates Wright’s moody candle-lit aesthetics. For her sitters’ these formal, posed photographic portraits, will prompt reflection on the nature of evidence in portraiture – between truth and artifice in Wright’s painted representations of his eminent sitters and in Francesca’s photographic documentation of visitors to Format Festival 2015.
13 March – 12 April 2015
QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter,
Derby, DE1 3AS
Pearson Building, King Street, Derby, DE1 3EE
Friday 13, 10.30 – 17.00: Tom Hunter
Saturday 14, 10.30 – 17.00: Francesca Moore
Sunday 15, 11.00 – 16.00: Dafna Talmor