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The City through the Lens

Join us on Sat. 16th Nov at Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Forum for The City through the Lens event for which our David (George) is invited for a panel discussion with Chris Dorley-Brown and Ioana Marinescu. 

Organised by: The Romanian Architects’ & Urbanists’ Forum and The Photographers’ Gallery
Panel talk will be chaired by: Brett Rogers OBE, Director of the Photographers’ Gallery


13:30 Arrival
14:00 – 14:15 / Welcoming introductions
14:15 – 15:00 / Panel discussion
15:00 – 15:15 / Q&A
15:15 – 16:00 / One to one with RAUForum team and speakers
16:00 – Close
16:00 pm onward – Drinks and networking @Horse & Groom 128 Great Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6PS

Film Night – Friday 13th November

Uncertain States and Roast Beef Productions brings award winning film  ‘The Russian  Woodpecker film by Chad Garcia and  ‘L’assenza‘ a short film starring Stephen Mangan

The Arts Pavilion Mile End
Clinton Road (off Grove Road) E3 4QY
Free Admission


A man becomes obsessed by the sight of his own double in an Italian film from the early 1960s.
L’Assenza, a short film backed by the BFI, written/directed by Jonathan Romney, produced by Carey Born of First Born Films in association with Lighthouse.

‘The Russian  Woodpecker’

Winner of the world cinema grand jury award Sundance 2015, offfical selection at Sheffield Doc/Fest.  While researching a secret Soviet antenna at Chernobyl, which interrupted global radio communications from 1976 – 1989, Fedor Alexandrovich uncovers a dark conspiracy. The scientists and military men dismiss his warnings that Russia is behind a massive cover-up and he descends into a nightmare where he battles the antenna on his own terms. When he is invited to address the crowds in Kiev’s Revolution Square during height of the protests, he fears that powerful men may kill him if he speaks out.


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

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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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