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Uncertain States at The Mile End Arts Pavilion E8

Uncertain States will be at The Mile End Arts Pavilion from 4 – 27 November 2016 with a series of exhibitions and events to compliment PhotoMonth, London.

Alongside some of the most contemporary and thought provoking photography there will be meet the artist discussions, presentations on art practice, a film evening with discussion and sales of cameras and art books.

Uncertain States Open Call 2016
4-12 November 2016
Private View Thursday 3 November, 6:30 – 9:30

The nine selected artists Lydia Goldblatt, Chris Dorley Brown, Klaus ThymannNick Sargeant, Aviv Yaron, Steff Jamieson, Liz Orton, Sam Ivin and Jonty Sale of this years Open Call 2016 will be showing their work. The selected work will also be published in issue 27 of Uncertain States broadsheet which is distributed nationally. The work is curated by an exceptional panel of selectors including James Russell Cant, Cathy Lomax, Joy Gregory, Bob and Roberta Smith, Susan Derges, Shoair Mavlian, Sue Steward, Johanna Neurath and  Uncertain States.

Mile End Art Pavilion
Clinton Rd, London E3 4QY
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm

4-12 November 2016
Private View Thursday 3 November, 6:30 – 9:30

Demi Hopkins, Norwich University of the Arts
Joshua T Gibbons and Grant Sorrell, The CASS School of Art & Design, LMU
Krasimira Butseva, University of Portsmouth
Margaret Maguire, University of Arts Bournemouth
Silvia Rosi, London College of Communication
James Finney, College of Arts, University of Derby

We are proud to announce that this year we will be offering five student artists the opportunity to show their work. The artists are selected by Uncertain States from suggestions put forward from leading UK art schools, whom we believe represent our future visual culture.

Mile End Art Pavilion
Clinton Rd, London E3 4QY
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm

Uncertain States Annual Show 2016
18-27 November 2016
Private View Thursday 17 November, 6:30 – 9:30

In its seventh year, the Annual show is one not to miss. Mick Williamson, Susan Andrews, Spencer Rowell, David George, Fiona Yaron-Field, Charlie Fjatstrom, Rod Morris, Sonia Lenzi, Roy Mehta, Richard Sawdon-Smith & Jonathan Armour, Richard Ansett, Robin Grierson, Francesca Centioni, Chiara Zandonà, Paulene Morphett, James Russell Cant, Robert Davies, Adele Watts, Geoff Titley, Ivana Puchlova, Rory Carnegie and Francisco Gomez de Villaboa represent the diverse and exceptional photography Uncertain States champions. This year UCS collaborates with Street Level Photoworks presenting artists Alan Knox, Catherine Cameron, Karen L Vaughan and Sarah Amy Fishlock. As part of the exhibition, UCS has put together an event of artists talks, film night, camera and artists book fair on Saturday 19th November.


Street Level Photoworks Artist Talk
19 November 2016, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Alan Knox

Street Level Photoworks artists Alan Knox, Catherine Cameron, Karen L Vaughan and Sarah Amy Fishlock talk about their work.

The Uncertain States X LAPC salon: Process & Practice.
19 November 2016,  2- 5 pm

Join Uncertain States and the London Alternative Photography Collective on Saturday 19th November at Mile End Art Pavillion. We will hear from four artists working in the field of photography, to discuss various approaches to process and practice.

Hosted by Almudena Romero and Melanie King

Corinne Silva
Corinne Silva will present works in progress from her new project Rocks & Fortresses. She will discuss the relationship between photography, painting and text in this work.

Robin Cracknell
Robin will talk about the process and practice, his relationship to photographs, memory and collage.
“Put your audience in the unsure custody of a flawed guide; swim upstream, damn the rules and find your story not in ‘method’ but in failures, accidents, the unknown …”

Antony Cairns
Antony will be discussing ideas surrounding the reproduction of a photographic image and how process is key to his current ways of working.

Bindi Vora
Bindi will draw upon recent works focused on the potential possibilities of the surface of paper, photographic or otherwise.

Ackroyd and Harvey
Echoing the 19th century proto-photographers in the quest to ‘fix’ the fleeting images of the first photographs, Ackroyd and Harvey’s nature-based medium ‘chlorophyll’ has taken us into the realms of science, technology and philosophy in pursuit of capturing the ephemeral.

Book and Camera Fair
19 November 2016, 10 am onwards


Vintage and modern camera equipment, including old photos/glass plates, artists photo books by Hoxton Mini Press, A&E Photobooks and more.

Film Screening
19 November 2016, 6:30 pm till late
Hackney by night dir: Umut Gunduz (short)
Cut off by Mountains dir: Rod Morris (28mins)
Secret Screening of Roast Beef Production latest feature documentary

Dates and Times for your Diary

Uncertain States Open Call 2016 and emergence

PV Thursday 3rd Nov, 6:30 – 9:30 pm PV

Uncertain States Annual 2016

PV Thursday 17th Nov, 6:30 – 9:30 pm PV


Book and Camera Fair
Saturday 19th Nov, 10:00 am onwards

Streel Level Photoworks Artist Talk
Saturday 19th Nov, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

The Uncertain States X LAPC salon: Process & Practice.
Saturday 19th Nov,  2:00- 5:00pm

Film Screening
Saturday 19th Nov, 6:30 pm till late

First Tuesday Talks – October – Carey Born




We are delighted to have film maker and producer Carey Born from First Born Films showing her short films and talking at the Salon about her work Tuesday 6th October. Carey is known for The Curious Brain in the Museum (2011) Compartment (Short) Shadow Man (Short) (producer)L’Assenza (Short) (producer)
Looking forward to seeing you there.

First Tuesday Salon Talks further our commitment to lens-based art through practice and offer a deeper insight into the artists process. Our talks have featured intimate and enlightening discussions from artist such as Tom Hunter, Kennardphillipps, Laura Pannack,  Mick Williamson and Del Loewenthal to name a few. Through the generosity of our speakers we have been able to bring people together and expand this dialogue.

These talks are free, however there may be a nominal charge for the location.

Ziferblat Cafe 388 Old Street EC1

Please check this events page or blog for the next talk, all welcome.

Ucs Open 2015 Artists

UCS open call 2015 final

UCS Open 2015 Artists

Julia Fullerton-Batten

Julia Fullerton-Batten is a fine-art photographer. The foundation of her success was ‘Teenage Stories’ (2005), an evocative narrative of the transition of a teenage girl to womanhood. Her book ‘Teenage Stories’ was published in 2007*. Fullerton-Batten was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery in London to shoot portraits of leading people in the UK National Health Service, which are now held in a permanent collection in the Gallery. She was a winner of the HSBC Fondation pour la Photographie award, and is a Hasselblad Master. Her images were on the front covers of ‘A Guide to Collecting Contemporary Photography’ (Thames and Hudson, 2012) and Eyemazing Magazine. She is widely sought after as a judge for adjudicating at prestigious international photographic competitions and as a speaker at international events.

Karolina Lebek

Karolina Lebek is a London based visual artist working with photography. She graduated with First-class Honours from BA Photography and Video Art at University of Bedfordshire in 2012. She is currently studying MA Photography at the Royal College of Art, due to graduate in 2016. In her practice, Lebek has been stiving to create images that sacramentally mediate between the finite and the infinite, the general and the particular, provoking the possibility of theological reflection and inhabiting the extremes of human experience which theology seeks to articulate. Lebek’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United Kingdom. Recently she has been shortlisted for the European Photo Prize 2015, with an upcoming exhibition in Modena, Italy in June 2016.

Zoe Childerly

I am a British artist with an MA in Photography and a strong record in community projects. I am currently a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University and I have been working as an artist using photography and mixed media for over 10 years. I have exhibited nationally and internationally and undertaken numerous commissions and residencies. My work explores new environments, is developed by interaction with different communities and is inspired by the discovery of lost histories; reflecting a vision of the world concerned with identity, belonging and our relationship to the land and its stories.

Jolanata Dolweska

Dolewska completed her MA Photography at the Royal College of Art London (2012) and BA Hons in Documentary Photography at University of Wales Newport (2007). She lives and works in Edinburgh.
Dolewska participated in exhibitions nationally and internationally: Visioni Variabli (Fiesole, Italy 2006), High Altitude, Festival de photographie de montagne in Rossinière, Switzerland (2011), Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea (2012), Belfast Photo Festival (2013) and Fresh Faced & Wide Eyed at The Photographers Gallery (2013). Dolewska’s photographic works have been published in High Altitude by 5 Continents, Milan (2011) and Seeing for others by Black Dog Publishing, London (2012). She has received Constance Fairness Foundation Prize (2011) and The Photographers’ Gallery Award (2012).

David Severn

David Severn is a documentary and editorial photographer based in Nottingham, UK. His work is concerned with working class culture and the places associated with it, both historically and today. He is particularly interested in the relationship between people, work and
landscape. His current project explores life within coalfield areas of the British Midlands. David’s photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has worked on assignments for FT Weekend, The New York Times, MONOCLE and The Times (London).

Simon Brann Thorpe

Simon’s early work explored the interplay between issues of identity and landscape. In more recent work this has extended to conceptual repositioning of issues around identity, memory, conflict and trauma.
Born in Zambia in1970, Simon Brann Thorpe studied photography at the Alberta College of Art & Design, Canada. He has exhibited widely throughout Europe and has received, or been shortlisted for, many prestigious awards including the International Photography Awards, the Aftermath Award, the Arte Laguna Prize and the Association of Photographers Awards. Thorpe now lives in London.

Flore Gardner

Half French, half Scottish, I live and work (in-)between these two countries, cultures, languages. I started studying medecine at Edinburgh University and ended up obtaining a Doctorat (Ph.D.) in Fine Art at the Sorbonne University in Paris in 2007. In-between, I opened an artists-restaurant, Les 19, in Marseilles. I have been exhibiting my work in group and solo shows in the UK, France, Finland, Norway, the United States and China since 2004.

Rosy Martin

Rosy Martin is an artist-photographer, psychological-therapist, workshop leader, lecturer and writer. She explores the relationships between photography, memory, identities and unconscious processes using self-portraiture, still life photography, digital imaging and video. From 1983, with Jo Spence, she pioneered re-enactment phototherapy. She has exhibited internationally and published widely since 1985. Her work has explored issues including gender, sexuality, ageing, class, desire, memory location, urbanism, family dynamics, mother- daughter, shame, health and disease, bereavement, grief and reparation.
Recent publications include essays in ‘The photograph and the album’ (2013), ‘Phototherapy and therapeutic photography in a digital age’ (2013) and ‘Ageing femininities, troubling representations’(2012).

Nigel Grimmer

Nigel Grimmer is a multi-media artist working primarily with photography. Grimmer produces and exhibits his work internationally.
He was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK; he lives in London.
Grimmer is Senior Lecturer in Visual Art Practice at The University of Bedfordshire. He studied at Central Saint Martins and Sheffield Hallam University. Nigel is currently working on the first major publication of his work, Anti-Portrait.

Open Call 2015 – The Final Nine

Open Call 2015 – The Final Nine

Uncertain States Open Call 2015Uncertain States are proud to announce the nine selected artists that will show in our ‘Open Call 2014’ Exhibition and will be featured in our next publication of the UCS Broadsheet Issue 23.Our ethos is simple. To engage with and disseminate the best of creative lens-based art.

This project would not have been possible without the generosity of our selection team. Chosen for there diversity across the arts, as practicing lens-based artists, critics, academics and writers, they have generously offered their time and enthusiasm. A vast reservoir of knowledge and experience in their respective fields bought to bear on their final decision. Thank you.

All the submissions where available to the judges and this was crucial to our approach. We asked each of them to champion one artist, to respond to their own subjective resonance to their work. There was no discussion, no consensual compromises, just an individuals’ passion for each of the artists finally chosen. Without exception, our esteemed selectors have verbalised that they have been able to witness some very exciting projects from very committed artists from around the country. Noting their impression of the high standard of content presented and often the difficulty in coming to a single decision.

Our profound thanks go to our selectors, whose names follow with own their choice of artist.  Ucs. would also like to thank Mary George for liaising with the selectors and preparing all the submitted work for presentation and also to the Arts Council for their support which enabled us to reach out to our fellow artists. Also for the continued support from Four Corners Gallery, for the space to show the final work in our search for the best of British Contemporary Photography.

Uncertain States Issue 24 will be launched at the ‘Open Call 2015’ exhibition in October. There will be published statements from our selectors accompanying the artists work, but importantly please put dates in the diary so as to enjoy the final artifacts on the wall.

We hope to see you all there to celebrate the achievements of our ‘Nine’.

The selected artists from the Uncertain States Open call 2014 are as follows:

Rosy Martin selected by Camilla Brown, Karolina Lebek selected by Leah Gordon, Simon Brann Thorpe selected by Christiane Monarchi, Julia Fullerton-Batten selected by Paul Hill, Zoe Childerley selected by Louise Clements, David Severn selected by Fiona Rogers, Jolante Dolewska selected by Martin Usborne, Flore Gardner selected by Sharon Kivland and Nigel Grimmer selected by Uncertain States.

We congratulate the ‘Nine’ and to those who where not selected we say ‘thank you’ from Ucs.
UCS Issue 23 ‘Open Call’ will be launched at the Uncertain States Open 2015 exhibition. The issue will feature the nine photographers and statements from our selectors accompanying the artists work, offering insight into the selection process.
We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition.

Dates for Exhibition
Private View and Exhibition opens to public 8th October. Open until  17th October 2015.

Gallery opening Times: 11am-6pm, Monday-Saturday, or by appointment.

Four Corners Gallery
121 Roman Rd,
E2 0QN

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First Tuesday Talk – September – MELANIE KING ‘FIRST LIGHT’

First Tuesday Salon Talks further our commitment to lens-based art through practice and offer a deeper insight into the artists process. Our talks have featured intimate and enlightening discussions from artist such as Tom Hunter, Kennardphillipps, Laura Pannack,  Mick Williamson and Del Loewenthal to name a few. Through the generosity of our speakers we have been able to bring people together and expand this dialogue.

These talks are free, however there may be a nominal charge for the location.

Ziferblat Cafe 388 Old Street EC1

Please check this events page or blog for the next talk, all welcome.


Salt printing Course with David George



David George will be running salt printing course at The Cass School.He will give you an introduction to the alternative and historic photographic technique of Salt Printing and show you step by step how to make your own salt prints

The Salt Print technique was created by British photographer William Henry Fox Talbot and was the widely used from 1839 to 1860. This course offers both the opportunity to learn an alternative printing method and gain an understanding of early photography.

Students will gain confidence in producing a digital negative from analogue which can later be used in different alternative printing methods. They will be able to produce original salt prints.

Through darkroom workshops, tutorials and demonstrations students will learn how to: 

• Create Archival Prints from digital and analogue
• Overview of Archival Techniques
• Preparing a file for printing
• Selecting and coating paper
• Exposing the salt print
• Control of exposure and contrast of print

06.06.15 – 20.06.15 Saturday, 11.00 – 17.30 One day a week for 3 weeks Cost£375

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