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Open call 2014 – New Deadline 17th August


We have extended our deadline for Submissions to our Open call 2014.

For those who have not yet entered, please consider getting your work seen by our esteemed selectors, Sean O’Hagan, Richard Sawdon Smith, Melanie Manchot, Mari Mahr, Julie Cockburn,  Zelda Cheatle, Ángel Luis González Fernández, Dave Than and Pete James. Nine Judges, nine selected artists.

Four week exhibition, a great PV, a special Ucs. Publication Issue 20 out at Brighton Biennial.

David George – Michael Upton – NCM/Foyle Foundation Award


We are delighted to announce that our very own David George has been selected for funding and an exhibition at Four Corners through the NCM/Foyle Foundation.

In conjunction with the writer Michael Upton ‘Estuary English’ is a photographic and psychogeographic exploration of the Thames Estuary with a particular focus on gothic associations with the region and broader notions of the area east of London as a literal and metaphoric badland.

Michael Upton and David George have produced an alternative map of the Estuary featuring a series of landmarks drawn from diverse historical, mythical,  literary and cinematic sources . The map will act as a guide for a series of photographic expeditions down both the Essex and Kent sides of the Estuary.

The intended outcomes are an exhibition of selected work at Four Corners, inclusion in the East End Archive exhibition during London Photomonth and a publication including the photographic work by David George and an essay by Michael Upton. it is hoped that the map and project  will continue to evolve beyond the initial exhibitions and text- perhaps with public participation.

David George is a London based artist working in photography and one of the founding members of the Uncertain States collective.

Michael Upton teaches on BA (Hons) Film and Broadcast Production at The Cass  London Metropolitan University and is a mentor for the Cass East End Archive

Ángel Luis González Fernández

Hope you are enjoying the sun and summer showers! Here at UCS we have been busy pushing our open call.

Last week we announced Ángel Luis González Fernández has one of our selectors.


Ángel Luis González Fernández is the founder and Director of PhotoIreland, an Irish organisation dedicated to promote critical thinking around Photography, and a deeper engagement with the Visual Arts. Ángel Luis initiated in 2011 ‘The Library Project’, a collection of publications around Photography, the core of a public resource library already holding over 1000 key items from 180 publishers worldwide. The Library Project also offers now a specialised bookshop and a gallery at its current premises in 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland. Nominated for the David Manley Entrepreneur Award in 2011, Ángel Luis won the Arts category for his work in PhotoIreland. He has reviewed in other festivals like KAUNAS Photo, FORMAT, Athens Photo Festival, Riga Photomonth, and Les Rencontres d’Arles. Ángel Luis published the book ‘Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade’ in 2011, and ‘New Irish Works’ in 2013, and has designed books for Irish photographers such as Miriam O’Connor and David Farrell.

He joins our equally illustrious panel of experts including Sean O’Hagan, Melanie Manchot, Mari Mahr, Pete James, Zelda Cheatle, Richard Sawdon-Smith, Julie Cockburn and Dave Than.

Now let the submissions roll in!


Karl Ohiri at PhotoIreland

We had the honour of listening to Karl Ohiri discuss his work at our First Tuesday talk in May. Karl has that rare and touching ability to work on deeply personal material, which also transcend his own story to comment and reflect on wider social and cultural issues. His talk stimulated lots of interesting debate from the audience and I think its safe to say that we were all very impressed both by his imagery and his thinking.

Karl Ohiri has also contributed to UCS Edition 18. Pick your free copy at BALTIC, Turner Contemporary, Impressions Gallery, Open Eye, Norwich University, Victoria and Albert Museum, Bristol Arnolfini, Library of Birmingham and Tate Reading Rooms.

His work ‘How to Mend a Broken Heart’ is currently showing at PhotoIreland.

Metro Fine Art Prints

Ucs.  would like to thank Metro Imaging for producing beautiful prints for our ‘Editions’ exhibition. The work will be up for a month at Four Corners Gallery so we hope you can make it there to see for yourselves the quality! We are looking forward to working with Metro as our prints sales collection develops.


Exclusive photographic print collection launches


Exclusive photographic print collection launches

Four Corners and Uncertain States are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Editions’, a collection of limited edition prints by award-winning, contemporary photographers from the Uncertain States Collective.

This exciting new collection provides a unique opportunity for collectors and art lovers to collect exclusive editions of contemporary photographic artwork.

The collection includes work by Ania Dabrowska, Francesco Gomez de Villaboa, James Russell Cant, Robin Grierson, Yaron Lapid, Aviv Yaron, Kennard phillips, Richard Sawdon-Smith, Federica Landi, Agatha A, Carolyn Lefley, David George, Fiona Yaron-Field, Spencer Rowell, Mick Williamson, Susan Andrews and Grace Lau. The prints, with signed Certificate of Provenance and embossed by Uncertain States, will be limited and exclusive.

Editions launches on 26 June 2014 with the ‘Editions’ exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, featuring photographs from the collection.  The work will be available to buy online from the end of June.


Notes for Editors
Private view:  6.30-8.30pm, Thursday 26 June 2014
Gallery opening times: 10.00-6.00pm, Monday-Saturday, or by appointment.  The exhibition runs from 27 June-25 July 2014
Admission: Free

Editions Print Sales
Prints will be available to view at Four Corners, and to purchase online at

About Uncertain States
Uncertain States is a lens based, artist-led project.  It publishes a free quarterly broadsheet, organise monthly talks and curate exhibitions that focus on the concerns of contemporary photographic practice.  The organisation works in partnership with other organisations, developing an extensive community and opportunities for its contributors.

Open to both established and new artists based in the UK, Uncertain States nurtures work that reflects key social and political concerns, and challenges how perception is formed in today’s society.

The broadsheet is available free to collect from BALTIC, Turner Contemporary, Impressions Gallery, Open Eye, Norwich University, Victoria and Albert Museum, Bristol Arnolfini, Library of Birmingham and Tate Reading Rooms.


About Four Corners
Four Corners is London’s Centre for Film and Photography, dedicated to supporting artists’ practice for 40 years. Training, production and exhibition programmes nurture and sustain a diverse community of new to established artists, supported by excellent gallery, darkroom, film and studio facilities.

The Gallery programme enables broad audiences to experience a diversity of contemporary artwork, and engage in critical dialogue. Four Corners’ centre houses over twenty creative companies, including photographer Stephen Gill and the Archive of Modern Conflict.

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