The Utter concept was created in 2015 by the photographer Mark Cator with an aim of inspiring more people to get involved with the medium. His passion for photography, and the chance to explore its wider uses as a means of expression, came together in 2018, with the launch of Utter Nonsense.

Since 2018 Utter Nonsense has hosted eight exhibitions, produced a short film on the photographer Peter Henry Emerson, staged three piano and experimental music recitals, put in motion a collaborative project looking at the town of Great Yarmouth, published five issues of Utter Journal and expanded Utter Studios to deliver gallery and workspace for the painter, Bruer Tidman and the sculptor, Andy Sloan.


Today we’re a small team with big intentions and we operate out of an old fishing warehouse in Great Yarmouth, home of the ‘silver darlings’, the Venice of the North Sea, a town with a thousand year history uniquely built on a sandbank.


At the start of 2021, we expanded our activities and launched Utter Learning. This will provide a platform of learning based around workshops and online podcasts, with the emphasis on exploring the narrative structure of photography and the manufacture of the photobook as an object in its own right. Click here to go to our Instagram.

We're also big fans of the pioneering photographer P H Emerson who studied the lives of East Anglian people, including the fishing community of Great Yarmouth, in the late 19th century. He was the first photographer to declare photography as an independent fine art form. Click here to find out more on Emerson and search through our expanding archive of his work.