A discussion chaired by Zelda Cheatle with Chris Littlewood, Director of Photography at Flowers Gallery, and artist Simon Roberts. ‘Collecting Contemporary Photography’ is the first in a series of Pre-Fair talks to be held in the lead up to our 2016 edition.

This discussion is a unique opportunity to discover more about the role of the artist and dealer in the contemporary photography market. It will be an essential guide to collecting from the perspective of a dealer, curator and an artist and will examine how these roles interact with each other. The panellists will also explore the importance of photography within a collection, and to what extent work is made in view of the commercial art world. This discussion will be ideal for photography enthusiasts and art collectors at all levels.

Photo London 2016 (19-22 May 2016) is a unique festival of photography, centred on a major international photography Fair. Running once again in the spectacular and historic grounds of Somerset House, the Fair showcases the broad range of photographic practice, from vintage to contemporary. This series of discussions aims to address the main themes in Photography today.

A full talks programme will also be hosted during Photo London 2016, as part of a larger public programme supported by the LUMA Foundation.

The venue for my lecture tonight for the North East Photography Network taking place in the somewhat austere lecture theatre of the Mining Institute in Newcastle.

The Institute is a hidden gem in the North East. It houses the Nicholas Wood Library, which contains a variety of materials, mostly published pre-1920, including transactions from various institutes, journals, geological surveys and books relating to mining, metallurgy railways and geology.

It includes a collection of recently discovered old glass plate negatives which document Victorian Newcastle. The discovery was made by Aaron Guy, the Mining Institute’s photo archivist. You can read a feature about the discovery and see some of the photographs on the Guardian’s website here.

I’m giving an artist talk at Quay Arts centre on Isle of Wight. Book tickets online here.

You can also take part in Quay Arts’ Piers & Bridges debate and upload your photographs of the world of piers and bridges to their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/quay.arts tagging ‘Quay Arts’ and you could win a one-to-one critique session with me on Friday 11 May.

Deadline to upload your images: Tuesday 8 May