Frances Scott

Undertow: Unfolding

Frances Scott

Sept 4 – Oct 16

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Wynd
Inverness, IV2 3EB

Beach, Egilsay – Frances Scott

Frances Scott was the winner of FLOW’s Open Competition commission for 2021. This work, Undertow: Unfolding links the BORDERS theme of FLOW Photofest 2019 to this edition’s festival theme of LEGACY in 2021.

The ‘Undertow’ series is an evolving body of work which explores the changing relationship between an islander and her home, as Frances Scott walks the coastlines of the Orkney archipelago. Named after the endless pull of the sea, ‘Undertow’ echoes the rhythm and repetition of the waves, seasons, and the experience of walking itself. Recording each section of coastline through photographs and hand-written maps, Frances’ work considers the nature of belonging, and how it can be formed anew, by walking the brink where land meets sea.

This new development of the series brings together work made before and after the COVID-19 lockdowns which saw Frances far removed from Orkney, creating a fresh dialogue which acknowledges the pain of distance, the fragility of memory, and the joy of her home islands unfolding once again.


Frances Scott (b. 1991) is a photographic artist from Orkney, currently based in Glasgow. She studied Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art, specialising in photography and graduating in 2014. Her work examines themes of memory, geography, and belonging, often centred around journeys made through landscapes of personal significance, and since 2016 has been working on a long–term project to walk and document the coastlines of Orkney. She is a founding member of the Orkney–based Móti Collective, and one of the organisers of Holm Sound, a digital offshoot of ØY Festival. Her first photobook, ‘Undertow’, was published by Another Place Press in 2020, followed more recently by her second publication, ‘A9’.