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First Tuesday Talks – Feb 2015 – Leah Gordon

Tuesday 3rd Feb 7.15PM – ZIFERBLAT – SHOREDITCH


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‘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.

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




Of People and Places

Of People and Places

Reflections on the relationship between people and landscape by international photographers

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5 February – 8 March 2015 at Oxford House in Bethnal Green

Opening: 5 February 2015, 6-9pm

Fabrizio Bilello / Valeria Cherchi / Gregory Collavini / Hugo Deniau / David George / Mitch Karunaratne /Davide Padovan / Omar Sartor / John Wilson / Aviv Yaron

Curated by Francesca Wilkins

Oxford House Gallery is delighted to present its upcoming exhibition, Of People and Places.

This exhibition brings together the work of ten selected photographers from across the world to open up a reflection on the relationship between people and landscape.

Of People and Places explores both the ways in which society’s impact visually manifests itself on the landscape, and the ways in which the land can be of significant influence to individuals, communities and – more specifically – to artists. From the Israeli countryside, across the vast expanse of the Alaskan tundra, through Italy’s suburbia and into the woodlands of Southwest England, Of People and Places takes a look at how we relate to the environment around us, whether it’s by taking in an individual’s experience of particular landscape, or reflecting on the ways in which communities find an identity in specific surroundings.

Each of the series presented in the exhibition draws inspiration from themes such as historical change, intimate memories, sociopolitical issues or questions about identity. By exhibiting established photographers alongside emerging artists, the exhibition aims to offer a multifaceted view of a wide-ranging subject.

Private view: 5 February 2015, 6-9pm

Exhibition runs: 5 February – 8 March 2015

Opening times: Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-2pm

About Oxford House

Oxford House is a community and art centre based in the heart of London’s East End originally established in 1884 by Keble College and the University of Oxford. Oxford House is now home to several organisations and provides a variety of spaces for artistic development. Oh! is a registered charity.

Oxford House in Bethnal Green

Derbyshire Street
Bethnal Green
London E2 6HG

For further press inquiries, please contact Francesca Wilkins at

First Tuesday Talks – James Russell Cant

Tuesday 2nd December 7PM

Please note Venue change…

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The Decisive and Other Moments

James Russell Cant

The project is a series of long exposure photography up to a yearlong recorded by both pinhole and conventional cameras. It is centred around the remains of a Georgian house, its gardens and the estuarine country and marshlands of Northeast Essex. The images trace some of the personal, familial, social, artistic and scientific histories connected to this place. The medium itself is severely tested in making the images by the exposure not only to light but also to the degrading properties of the climatic conditions in a manner that mirrors the effects of time on the, sometimes decaying and disintegrating, signs of human presence and endeavours within these landscapes.

4th Platform for Emerging Arts

Leyden Gallery is presenting their fourth Platform for Emerging Arts show. On this occasion the exhibition features a fantastic & eclectic group of five emerging artists each selected from a diverse range of backgrounds and practices.
Private view on Tuesday 18th November 6:30-9:00pm
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Uncertain States 2014

Uncertain States 2014 – End of Year Show

14th November-5th December

Includes the work of: Adrian Hardy, Agatha A. Nitecka, Ania Dabrowska, Cat Stevens, Charlie Fjätström, Christina Reid, David George, Fiona Yaron-Field, Franscico Gomez de Villaboa, Heather McDonough, James Russell Cant, Josephine Coy, Karl Ohiri, Martina Geccelli, Mick Williamson, Mish Aminoff, Radoslav Daskalov, Richard Ansett, Rebecca Sainsot Reynolds, Richard Sawdon-Smith, Robin Grierson, Roy Mehta, Spencer Rowell, Susan Andrews and Tracey Holland.


14th November-5th December

Open Tuesday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturdays 12-5.30pm

Private View 13th November 6.30-9PM

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UCS Talks at the V&A

The Art of Collecting Photography, V&A Museum
Part 1 – 4

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Uncertain States and Zelda Cheatle bring together artists, collectors and curators in a series of talks about the role and artistic importance of the collector and collections within the context of fine art photography. The talks aim to encourage people who love photography that collecting can be a non-elite creative experience open to all. Photography is a superb entry level into the world of collecting art and so can play an important role for anyone, at little cost, who might aspire to start their own art collection. Each talk will introduce us into this engaging subject. Starting with The V&A’s own permanent photography collection, Uncertain States invites artists to highlight ‘their choice’ from recent acquisitions. In the following weeks speakers will explore starting, managing, developing large and small public archives and galleries will discuss their relationships with the work and photographers. These talks will draw attention to our belief that collections – in any form, private or public – offer a unique and important part in the documentation of our culture. These illustrated talks are part of Uncertain States ongoing commitment to extend critical dialogue in photography.


Part 1: The Artist and the Photograph
16 October 2015, V&A Museum, London, 6: 30 pm

Speakers: Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs at the V&A, Susan Derges, Artist, Joy Gregory, Artist and David Worthington, Artist.

Tickets are free but space is limited so please book a seat


 Part 2: The Collector as Curator
20 November 2015, V&A Museum, London, 6: 30 pm

Tickets are free but space is limited so please book a seat


Part 3: Public Collections, Cultural Documentation
4 December 2015, V&A Museum, London, 6: 30 pm
Tickets are free but space is limited so please book a seat

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Uncertain States presents writer and lecturer Paul O’Kane who is joined by the artists David George and Karl Ohiri to discuss photography as a tool to reflect longingly and critically on one’s past. The talk will be chaired by the writer Karen Falconer

Contrary to what one might expect with the advances in technology, our fascination with cyberspace and the virtual world, we appear to have increased yearning  for something or sometime past. Nostalgia is considered not only as a longing for the past, but a longing for an idealised past, for a moment that perhaps never actually existed. The talk will consider a view of the individuals and cultural memory which does not pretend to rebuild this mythical place, but dwells in ambivalence and a tells of a narrative that is inconclusive, and fragmentary. The artists individual recollections are intertwined with collective memory offering a view of their history which has removed the nostalgic filters .V&A Museum,  Sackler Centre, seminar room 3,
Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
7th November 2014
Free AdmissionKarl Ohiri (b. 1983, UK) is a British photographer and artist of Nigerian descent based in London. The framework of his practice is situated between two overlapping points of interest: Cultural Studies and The Human Condition. 

Recurring themes include: identity, relationships, public and private boundaries and discourses surrounding death. This is explored through the use of photography, recontextualisation and appropriation, creating two strands of artistic work: Personal works that are often autobiographical in nature and conceptual works primarily based on social commentary.

His work has been exhibited internationally and in various spaces throughout the UK including: The New Art Exchange, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Tate Britain.Paul O’Kane ‘Artist, Writer and Lecturer’ teaching at CSM and Chelsea and SOAS. His PhD was completed in History at Goldsmiths 2009, titled ‘A Hesitation of Things’. Writing regularly for Art Monthly magazine, ‘Where Is That Light Now?’ has just been published by eeodo.David George is one of the three co-founders of Uncertain States. His photographs have appeared in many exhibitions and magazines. Before returning to art photography, he traveled the world taking commercial photographs with acclaimed art critic, Brian Sewell. He has an MA in Photography; and has lectured on the MA course at London Metropolitan University.Karen Falconer is a writer and journalist interested in the arts and psychology. She has written for many national newspapers and magazines, edited a fashion magazine and is a former member of the British Fashion Council. She also writes short stories and life stories; taught creative writing at the Groucho Club; and has Masters in Psychology, and in French and Linguistics.

“All the Days”

LCC_MAP_alumni_invite1014Federica Landi is happy to announce that she will be exhibiting a new installation piece called “All the Days”, born from the collaboration with artist and curator Francesca Marcaccio Hitzeman as part of Photography as Installation show.


The Opening will be Tuesday 7th October at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, 6.30pm (please see attached flyer)
To see all the works featured in the show please click here:

All the days is a response to the Central Archive of the British Museum and it aims to draw attention on the vulnerability of the archive as depositary of collective memory as opposed to the assumed permanence of institutions which are perceived to be static receptacles of knowledge.

The audience is invited to throw a stone into a container filled with water on which is projected the image of one of the British Museum’s gallery after bombardments (Second World War). In doing so, the image lying on the water surface will be disrupted, exposing the precariousness of human’s endeavour to preserve memory.

Photography as Installation is an exhibition featuring work by London College of Communication MA Photography Alumni at Oxford Housein Bethnal Green. Over the last 16 years, the MA Photography course has seen a significant shift towards installations and performativity in 2D, 3D and 4D. This development, in addition to a focus on the materiality of surface, will throw new light on what photography is today.



Founded in 2011 by Jason Shenai, director of Millennium Images in collaboration with Crane Kalman Brighton with the aim to discover and reward the best works by emerging talents, Peaches & Cream offers all photographers the chance to receive cash prizes in support of their practice, to win a contract with Millennium Images and the possibility of seeing their work published on the front cover of a best selling novel. Our panel of esteemed judges from the photographic and publishing industry will select eleven finalists to be showcased at Dreamspace Gallery in October 2014.