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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…


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.