FLOW Photofest is a biennial, international festival held in Northern Scotland, celebrating photography in all its forms.
Galleries and events specialising in photography tend to be in Scotland's central belt - which make it hard for people from the North of Scotland to get to see high quality, challenging and innovative work on a regular basis.
In 2017, FLOW launched the first international festival dedicated to photography in the Highlands and Islands
Our theme was ‘People and Place’ and the Festival opened at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, which hosted several galleries from internationally acclaimed and award-winning photographers from Iceland, Finland, Scotland and Norway.
Headline shows were held across two venues; we had RAX (Ragnar Axelsson) at Eden Court Theatre while at IMAG we had Sigga Ella from Iceland and Kieran Dodds from Scotland
Talks, workshops and portfolio reviews were all held during the festival.
We also ran a series of concurrent events throughout the North of Scotland and the larger collections were on tour through 2018. In Inverness, there was a Small Walls feature with shops and cafes hosting everything from single photographs to small galleries.
In addition, we held a film festival dedicated to documentaries on photography at Eden Court Theatre and an ‘Open’ Flow Competition, inviting photographers to submit work based on the festival theme. The best photographs were exhibited at the Highland Print Studio during the Festival.
Samyukta Lakshmi (Winner)
This unique Festival extended to locations throughout the Highlands & Islands - including premier venues such as An Lanntair in Stornoway and the Sawyer Gallery at Inverewe House.
The FLOW Photofest WALL at Eden Court is a now permanent exhibition space for contemporary photography showing work on an ongoing basis between the official Festival dates. The Wall is supported by Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow and we regularly show work on tour. We are also supported by the collective 'Wildfires' and 'Focas India'.
Our ambition is to develop a Centre for Contemporary Photography in the Highlands and continue to keep photography in the forefront of the creative industries in our part of the world.
This crowdfunder will help us put on a great show in September 2019 and keep us on track to develop the Centre for Contemporary Photography in the near future
Thank you for your support.
The FLOW Team :)