Posts Categorized: Talks

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.

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…