Talk: Collecting Photography Today

18 March
Image: Atong Atem, [Red Dust Sticks to You], 2022. Courtesy MARS Gallery and the artist.

Image: Atong Atem, Red Dust Sticks to You, 2022. Courtesy MARS Gallery and the artist.


18 March

Monday, 5-7pm (AEST)


MARS Gallery [i]
7 James St, Windsor
Tue – Sat, 10am – 4pm
Closed on Public Holidays


Wheelchair access


Free, bookings required

MARS presents a free panel discussion on Collecting Photography Today with artist Atong Atem, director of MARS Gallery, Andy Dinan, director of Monash Gallery of Art, Anouska Phizacklea, contemporary photography collector, Dr Milton Harris (TBC), and PHOTO 2024 festival director, Elias Redstone.

Join us at MARS Gallery in discussion with four leading figures in contemporary photography, following the life of a photo – from the artist who will outline their process to the gallerist selecting what to show in a commercial environment to the festival director who selects and plans a major festival, to a major international photography collector who will speak on their journey and then finally, finishing with how the work is acquired and hung in an institution from the mouth of a director of our local photography institution. After the talk, questions and answers will follow.

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  • Anouska Phizacklea

    Anouska Phizacklea (BA (hons), MA, MCom, CPA, GAICD) is Director of the Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh). Phizacklea has expertise across the visual, decorative, film and literary arts as well as finance and organisational development, with Masters Degrees in both Fine Arts and Commerce.

    In 2023 she joined the board of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Treasurer). She has held senior management positions at leading Victorian public institutions, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), and worked for many years in art research and valuations in galleries and auction houses in Melbourne and London. Since her appointment at MAPh Phizacklea has curated group and single artist exhibitions with leading Australian practitioners

  • Elias Redstone (UK)

    Elias Redstone is the founder and Artistic Director of PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography. With over 15 years experience within the arts sector, Elias has a track record of initiating and delivering innovative cultural programs in collaboration with leading institutions such as Barbican Art Gallery, MoMA and Storefront for Art and Architecture. He was Curator of the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Biennale and Senior Curator at the Architecture Foundation, London. He has edited publications for Prestel, Sternberg Press and Bedford Press, and served as Contributing Editor for Arena Homme Plus and GQ Style. His book Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography is published by Phaidon.


  • Andy Dinan (AU)

    Andy is a gallery director and place making and public art specialist who is passionate about cultural diversity and opportunities for women in the arts. She founded and established MARS Gallery, a cutting-edge commercial gallery, in 2004, where she supports, exhibits, and promotes the careers of emerging and mid-career contemporary Australian artists. MARS regularly stages exhibitions – more than 220 featuring over 330 artists to date. Andy established placemaking consultancy ADA Consulting in 2010 after identifying a niche for public art and placemaking in the market. In 2014, Andy was chosen as one of 100 Women of Influence in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. Andy chaired the Arts Centre Melbourne Ovation fundraiser in 2018 and 2020. Andy believes that art can be a vehicle for education, re-education, and positively impacting public and private opinion, and aims to raise cultural richness for Australians of all backgrounds. She has been on the board at the Arts Centre Melbourne since 2018.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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