Events 2021

Upcoming events with our wonderful festival partners:



The Legacy of Internal Migration in Scotland

Photographer Frank McElhinney will discuss the making of the ‘Adrift’ series and the process of development of personal themes in his work.

FREE online Event

Thursday 30 Sep 2021, 19:30 BST

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Old sheep fank in Broubster, Caithness

‘Adrift’ is a series of aerial photographs of abandoned settlements made throughout the highlands and islands of Scotland using a kite and drone. The series was begun in response to the 2015 ‘crisis’ of people precariously crossing the Mediterranean (a process which is ongoing). Many of the sites photographed were abandoned during the highland clearances.

In this talk, Frank will cover the ‘Adrift’ series and the legacy of internal migration within Scotland. He will also discuss his process for making work. In particular he will examine the ways in which one project leads to another and themes addressed years earlier tend to flow through the work and resurface. Frank is now working on the theme of migration from Ireland to Scotland prompted, in part, by the potato blight that affected both countries. His own ancestors came to Scotland from Donegal and Mayo.

Frank McElhinney is a fine art photographer whose work deals with contemporary issues such as migration, conflict and national identity usually through the lens of history. He is interested in history as a process and the ways in which history is used as a material. Frank graduated from the Fine Art Photography course at Glasgow School of Art in 2014.

Nairn Book & Arts Festival

4-12 September

Nairn Book and Arts Festival is the annual celebration of literature, art, music, drama and film in the Scottish Highlands. FLOW is delighted to partner with the NBAF for the exhibition: Ode to Oikos.

Other events

Nature Journals: Cyanotype and bookmaking workshop, Wednesday Sept 8

The Art of the Zine: Zine-making workshop, Saturday Sept 11

Orkney International Science Festival

2-8 September

FLOW is delighted to partner with the Orkney International Science Festival and the Inverness Darkroom for the event:

Move it into the sun Tuesday Sept 7th from 5-6pm. Live from the Inverness Darkroom: a demonstration of the early photographic process – the Cyanotype – with FLOW director Matt Sillars.

This is an online event – you can watch the livestream via OIS’s YouTube Channel

Orkney Photographica

An illustrated talk by photographer Rebecca Marr

A survey of the rich photographic history of Orkney – asking the question ‘did photographers see what they wanted to see?’

A recording of this event is now available here

FREE online Event

Thursday 16 Sep 2021, 19:30 BST

Tom Kent

Orkney is a place rich in photographic history, not only is there a wealth of Orkney based photographers stretching back to the early days of photography, and a remarkable photographic archive held at Orkney Library & Archive, many well-known photographers have come to the islands to make work.

Magnum photographers have been here: Eve Arnold came in the 1970’s, Fay Godwin visited several times and her Orkney work appears in her books, Martin Parr’s Orkney photographs formed part of his recent ‘Think of Scotland’ series, Elliot Erwitt, known for his New York street images, swapped urban for rural when in Orkney on assignment for Macallan Whisky.

What did these world travelled photographers see when they came to Orkney? This talk will ask if they saw what they wanted to see. Marr explains, ‘the camera as a machine cannot make aesthetic judgements, it cannot decide where to point the lens or when to fire the shutter, photographs are seen in the mind first, then through the lens. We ‘see’ a photograph then lift the camera to make the photograph. In this way these remarkable artists have responded to the Orkney that speaks to them – Elliot Erwitt is drawn to the humour of a mock wedding in Harray, Martin Parr sees the punchy colourful possibilities of the Agricultural Shows, and Fay Godwin stands at the edge of land and sea.’

Is there a particular affinity between Orkney and photography Marr wonders. Gunnie Moberg fully turned her artistic intentions to photography after arriving in Orkney, ‘it was like she was hungrily devouring what she saw, processing it through the lens’ says Rebecca, who worked with the Gunnie Moberg Archive. ‘Her book ‘Stone Built’ book remains one of my favourite photography books.

Gunnie Moberg sits in a trajectory of photographers from, or settling in, Orkney. Perhaps the one most familiar in Orkney is Tom Kent. Marr intends to show some of the less well know Tom Kent images and underline his important contribution.

Two other books that have influenced Rebecca will feature in the talk. Chick Chalmers 1979 ‘Life in the Orkney Islands’ and Keith Allardyce’s 1992 ‘Sea Haven’, both significant bodies of photographs that operate on a social history level as well as an artistic one.

Bringing the timeline of ‘Orkney Photographica’ up to now, Marr will include work of Frances Scott (whose work Undertow is also on view during the festival), Ingrid Budge and recent graduate Sarah Wylie, as well as others.

Rebecca Marr is a photographic artist living on Orkney.