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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

FYF_EFEZPhotograph by Fiona Yaron-Field


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.


First Tuesday Talks – Lydia Goldblatt


‘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.

In November 2013, we were asked by the The V&A to host a more formal discussion which we entitled ‘The Art of Collaboration’. A panel discussion chaired by Sue Steward. With Kennard Phillips, Ania Dabrowska and the Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi, and  the UCS team discussing the value of collaborations within art practice.

We are pleased to announce the next V&A Seminar will be on November 7th 2014, more to come…




Press Release
The East is being redefined. The Olympic fever has put an outcast on the map.
The mainstream is now investing the once despised. It is not the first time the East
has been given a facelift. The continuous migrations, the war and previous
rejuvenations turned this landscape into something both identifiable and adaptable.
The East End was and remains a land of experiments where the individual shapes
his surroundings. 11 artist photographers familiar with its background and morphing
captured its idiosyncrasy through various methodologies. Still the East End cannot
be defined and the proud inhabitants are its essence. The East is not a landmark to
contemplate but a hub to be lived and inspired from.
Curated by Tendai Davies and David Boulogne

Artist photographers are Paul Walsh, Kajsa Johansson, Dominik Gigler, Arnau Oriol,
Susan Andrews, David Boulogne, Alessandra Chíla, Chris Dorley-Brown, Peter Marshall,
Mike Seaborne, David George

Opening night Tuesday 9th September from 6.30pm, public from 10th Sep – 5th Nov
The Russet, 17 Armhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT Open daily 9am – 11pm
Train: Dalston Kingsland, Rectory Road, Hackney Downs, Hackney Central
Bus: 67, 76, 488, 149, 236, 243
General enquiries contact David Boulogne 07949033085
Sales contact Tendai Davies 07733444421
Visit for more details

UCS. at The Brighton Biennale

brighton logAn exploration of collaborative working methods, with five very different contemporary photography collectives.

These contemporary views on photography provide a route into current conversations around the resurgence of photography collectives. Invited for their varying styles and their approaches to working together, ABC, Burn My Eye, RUIDO Photo, Sputnik Photos and Uncertain States outline the impact of this way of working, nationally and internationally. Considered here is the dynamic, democratic process of navigating and negotiating a cohesive voice through the notion of a collective.

ABC is an international group of artists seeking to create, engage and communicate on issues concerning self-publishing. The multi collaborative project ABCEUM re-imagines the museum as a book installation. Each room in the museum is an artist’s book of a different size and material. Assembled, the books constitute a floor-plan which visitors can wander through. ABCEUM is an evolving project that can be added to and expanded, with its own changing programme of exhibitions – much like any museum. In ABCEUM, however, the idea of a museum itself can become its own subject.

Burn My Eye grew from a small group of photographers with a shared passion for straight, unposed photography. Wanting to encourage personal development through critique and discussion with respected peers, the members embraced different sensibilities and cultural backgrounds that allowed for a broad set of influences in a close-knit environment.

RUIDO Photo, based in Barcelona, is the culmination of the work of a group of photographers, designers and journalists, who undertake independent photography projects with strong social content and cultural commitment with the clear aim of raising awareness, encouraging reflection and provoking social change.

Sputnik Photos is an international collective founded in 2006 by nine documentary photographers from Central and Eastern Europe. They are united in their desire to observe and describe their shared experience of living during the post-Soviet transformation period. They have organised several dozen exhibitions worldwide and have been featured in many photography festivals and magazines. Photobooks are an important feature of their practice, made in collaboration with journalists and writers in order to convey a rounded sense of each project.

Uncertain States is a lens-based, artist-led project releasing a quarterly broadsheet that expands critical visual dialogue. Themes include how our perceptions of key issues, such as politics, religion and personal identity, are formed. They showcase established and emerging artists through their exhibitions, monthly talks and web-based publications, showing work from all photographic genres. They work in partnership with other organisations, developing an extensive community and opportunities for their contributors

Contributing Artists:

1. Julie Cockburn  2. Laura Hynd  3. Adrian Samson  4. John Paul Evans  5. David George  6. Federica Landi  7. Aviv Yaron  8. Fiona Yaron-Field  9. James Russell Cant  10. Lydia Goldblatt  11.Susan Andrews 12. Robin Grierson 13.Yaron Lapid 14. Agatha A. Nitecka 15. Richard Sawdon Smith 16. Ania Dabrowska 17. Spencer Rowell  18. Del Loewenthal 19. Grace Lau 20. Francisco Gomez de Villaboa 21. Mick Williamson 22. Karl Ohiri 23. Carolyn Lefley

Curated by Brighton Photo Biennial.


Ania Dabrowska – The Lebanese Archive – Kickstarter

A message from our very own Ania Dabroska, please spread the news if you can.



Hello Dears,

I am sure you have seen my efforts to spread the news about our Kicstarter campaign for the book.

Of course, it would be just fantastic if you could all spread the news of this individually to your own networks too.  That would be just awesome!!! We have just published a new update on a Kickstarter page – a super short film of Diab talking about one of the photographs from the collection and we will have more updates with little treats like this coming up, people can pre-order a copy of the book or get loads of other rewards, from £5, £20, £30 up to limited edition prints and framed works.
I have found out an interesting statistic – apparently we need to get 20% of support in the first week to statistically have a chance of reaching a full target.  We are 6% in, so by Sunday we have to pre-sell as many of those extra copies of the book and other pledges as it takes to reach £5000.
Warmest hugs and thank you all,
Ania Dabrowska
Artist / Lecturer