In this newsletter:

  •  Exhibition at Glasgow University Chapel continues until 6 February
  • Hannah Frank project receives £7,200 grant from National Lottery through Creative Scotland
  • Limited offer - Four collectable signed prints for £100
  • Activities for All - programme of free talks, creative workshops and tours at the exhibition
  • Book launch: Candles, Conversions and Class: five generations of a Scottish Jewish family: by Fiona Frank
  • Screening of Hannah Frank: The Spark Divine (2008) film – with award winning filmmaker Sarah Thomas
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If you haven't yet joined the many old and new Hannah Frank fans to see this excellent, well received exhibition, come and see it now. Glasgow University Chapel, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ. Opening Hours 9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri.  And see below for a packed programme of talks, tours and creative workshops to make your visit even more memorable. But first…
Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland we now have funds to:
  • Pay our knowledgeable Glasgow University History of Art students the Scottish Living Wage to run creative workshops with schools, community groups and others to bring the work of Hannah Frank to new audiences – and cover the costs of travel for some of these groups to get to the exhibition  (we already have a good takeup of group visits but if your group might be interested in coming to the exhibition OR in us coming to you any time up to end May, please get in touch - we may be able to help!)
  • Pay talented artists and speakers a fee to run creative workshops and informative sessions during the exhibition to help people of all ages to engage with the art of Hannah Frank (see the programme below)
  • Create audio descriptions for the drawings on the Hannah Frank website, to help to make Hannah Frank’s work accessible to people with visual impairment
  • Create a full inventory of all of Hannah Frank’s known drawings and sculptures, to help curators to put together future exhibitions.  Roll on #HannahFrank150 in 2058!
For this last element to work, we need your help.  Do you own an original Hannah Frank drawing or a sculpture – or do you know anyone who does?  Please get in touch!

To celebrate our Creative Scotland grant and the 110th birthday exhibition we have a very special offer for Hannah Frank fans.  Hannah Frank’s signed prints have traded at auction for several hundred pounds, and depending on current availability they now sell for between £100 and £400 each.  For a limited time (available for the first 40 people to take up this offer only) you can buy four collectable prints signed by Hannah Frank for just £100.    This offer is available to our loyal fans who subscribe to this newsletter and/or follow us on Facebook.  You can choose from all Hannah Frank’s signed prints while stocks last – the early drawings of cloaked, black, secretive figures such as Moon Ballet (above) or Woman and Trees; the biblical drawings Job and In Thoughts from the Visions of the Night, the joyous, open, light images of Woman with Birds or Dance; the contemplative faces in Dream (below right), Two Heads and Girl at Window (below, left).  Available for the first 40 people to take up this offer only. See details of how to get your four prints here.   
Running till the end of the exhibition, we have four Friday lunchtime talks, four Monday afternoon tours (one adapted for people with visual impairment), four open creative workshops, and two special workshops….which, with the help of the Creative Scotland grant, are all free. The first talk is this Friday lunchtime 11th January with Harvey Kaplan from the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre on "The Frank Family and Jewish Immigration to Scotland". ...there are two Experimental Embroidery workshops with Myra Ostacchini (the image above is her amazing transformation of 'Wrap thy form in a mantle grey'... I don't know what my aunt would make of it but we think it's beautiful!.).. and a screening of 'Hannah Frank, The Spark Divine" with a talk by the director, Sarah Thomas

Each Monday lunchtime at 1 p.m. you can come to one of the lovely “Creative Conversation” talks organised by the University Creative Writing Department, and then stay on for a tour of the exhibition at 2.15 with Fiona Frank and/or one of the Glasgow Uni intern curators. Free, no need to book.
On Friday lunchtimes at 1 p.m. there’s a series of free talks  – again, no need to book.
Friday 11th January The Frank Family & Jewish Immigration to Glasgow with Harvey Kaplan from the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre (more info here)
Friday 18th January The Lost Wax Process of Bronze Casting; with Iomhar and Ruaraig MacIver from Beltane Studios, Peebles – who have cast many of Hannah Frank’s works. (more info here)
Friday 25th January 'Hannah Frank, The Spark Divine' (2008)- film and director talk.  Award winning director Sarah Thomas made this beautiful film about Hannah Frank to celebrate her 100th birthday. We’ll see the film and Sarah will talk about the process of working with an artist to showcase her life and work. 
Friday 1 February Career opportunities in the arts and creative industries  - with Josie Dobrin from Creative Access and Fiona Frank (Hannah Frank’s niece). Find out what our undergraduate interns have been up to, curating and running this exhibition – and meet some movers and shakers in the Creative Industries.   More info here.
Creative Workshops
Artist Myra Ostacchini is running three ‘experimental art’ workshops – focussing on experimental embroidery on Wednesday afternoon 23rd and Friday morning 25th  January, and creating sensory drawings based on touch from Hannah Frank’s sculpture, on Wednesday afternoon 30th  January.
   And History of Art student Sylvie Rowland is running a creative writing and art workshop ‘Outside the Frame’, challenging your imagination – on Wednesday afternoon 6th February.  These workshops are free and open to all  but booking is essential – Click here to book. (NB – only a few places left on the embroidery workshops!)
There’s a Creative industries showcase: - a careers workshop for black and ethnic minority students,  on the morning of Friday 1st February.  Book here
Candles, Conversions and Clss: five generations of a Scottish Jewish Family. by Fiona Frank

This book is an important addition to the increasing literature on the history of the Jews in Scotland." - Kenneth Collins, Chair of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
Hannah Frank married Lionel Levy, grandson of rabbi Zvi David Hoppenstein and his wife Sophia, in 1939.  I interviewed my uncle Lionel before he died about his memories of growing up.  
".....So what’s the first thing that you ever remember learning at school?
.....Being, what’s the word, threatened, assaulted, by children at the accompanying school. They would like to get hold of you and say ‘are you a Billy or a Dan? A Billy, you got off lightly, but a Dan, you were in for a bit of thrashing about." ..... Of course as a Jewish boy Lionel was neither a 'Billy' nor a 'Dan' but this was a familiar story among many Jewish children growing up in Scotland at that time.     A few years after doing this interview, I tracked down all the living diescendents of Zvi David and Sophia, across the UK and as far as Cape Town, for my PhD which I completed at the Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde back in 2012.  And I'm very proud to announce that the book of the PhD will be launched during the last weekend of the Hannah Frank 110th Birthday exhibition at Glasgow University Chapel on Sunday 3rd February at 6.30 p.m., with speakers  Kenneth Collins from the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, and writer/broadcaster Billy Kay, plus members of the Hoppenstein family.The evening will end with a  klezmer music session led by Glasgow's The Bunch of Klezmer.There will be a Kosher Buffet sponsored by SCoJeC the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. All are welcome but please book here to help with catering (you can also reserve a copy of the book at the reduced price of £10 at that link – and see dates for ‘meet the author’ events in Lancaster and London.  (there's one spare double room in an airbnb in Glasgow for the weekend, ask me if you're interested!) 

Creative workshop for people with visual impairment
Tuesday 29th January, 9.30 a.m. (and volunteers wanted)

We’ve been working with Visibility Glasgow and Scottish War Blinded to learn ways in which we can bring Hannah Frank’s work to people with visual impairment. Lisa and I had two fascinating mornings learning to look at the art in different ways. The photos above show two ladies at the monthly 'Visibility' peer support group, looking at one of the metal printing plates which were used in the 1960s to reproduce Hannah Frank's art. These plates are a great resource, offering a 3D, reversed image of the drawings. On the right we see a lady at Scottish War Blinded using a very powerful magnifying machine to see the incredible detail in the drawings. This was a revelation for us as well as for her. 
We're running a  creative workshop on Tuesday morning 29th  January specifically for people with visual impairment where there'll be a chance to see the drawings under the magnifying machine, get up close and personal with the printing plates and sculptures.  And artist Myra Ostacchini will be on hand to lead a 'sensory drawing' workshop .  Book your place by phoning 07778 737681 .  

We’d also like three or four volunteers to help with this workshop on the day – if you’re interested please get in touch by email
Have you ever considered owning your own sculpture? A beautiful addition to your home: a bronze sculpture, recast for you with your choice of patina.  Prices range from £1845 to £2995.  Email or phone for full details and price list.  
Thank you for all your support during 2018.  We wish you a very happy and healthy year ahead. And don’t forget the FOUR SIGNED  HANNAH FRANK PRINTS FOR £100 – limited availability – get yours now here!
Have a great 2019 – here at the Hannah Frank Art Project ours is going very well so far, with news of the grant AND the book publication …..
hope to see you at the exhibition
best wishes
Fiona Frank (niece of the late Hannah Frank and director, Hannah Frank Art)
(and all the team Sylvie Lilith Lisa Erin and Gean - and many thanks to Jess who helped last term but has now left us)
tel 07778 737681
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