Exhibition: Flight – Frank McElhinney

Street Level Photoworks’ current exhibition Flight by Frank McElhinney features photography and other works which were created in Street Level’s darkroom and facilities. Frank is a long time member of SLP and was selected to take part in a residency exchange programme in 2019 between Street Level Photoworks and Artlink, Fort Dunree in Donegal.

Flight reflects upon the long history of migration between Ireland and Scotland, with a particular focus on the effects of the Great Famine during the mid-nineteenth century. Frank’s work investigates contemporary issues through a historical lens. Recent wars in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have forced millions of people to flee their homelands. The worsening climate crisis almost guarantees other major population shifts in the near future.

Following his residency in Donegal McElhinney continued working on the project during his residency at An Cridhe, Isle of Coll, as part of the RSA Residencies for Scotland (2019). An earlier iteration of this work featured in a solo show at Letterkenny Cultural Centre in 2021.

Look out for forthcoming panel sessions and events celebrating this exhibition throughout October.

Flight – Frank McElhinney
20th August – 30th October 2022
Street Level Photoworks

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