Welcome to our March Newsletter!

Hiya everyone! This edition of the newsletter is a little different than usual. We are Belen, Mari, Meg, Fi and Iona and we are Glasgow University students working on a digital art exhibition that aims to showcase Hannah Frank's art, and additionally, working with social media platforms to promote her work and gather more interest in her art. With Fiona’s help, we have been working over the last few weeks to put together a feasibility study for this exhibition and would like to update you on our progress. It’s been incredibly exciting so far and we’re looking forward to sharing our work with you. The current situation may bring great difficulties to the arts sector and to traditional exhibitions, but we are attempting to make the most of it, bringing together a digital experience of Hannah Frank’s art through potential exhibitions and increased social media work.  

As a group we intend to increase the social media presence of our Hannah Frank accounts, posting more of her works on Instagram (@hannahfrankart) as well as using twitter (@hannahfrankart) and the facebook page  Additionally, two of us are working on analyses of the works to accompany these and begin further discussions of her works.  Please follow along with this journey and get involved in the discussion where you can! 


Your views are needed!

Further, we are researching and planning an online exhibition and would greatly appreciate your help. We’ve put together a survey to give you the opportunity to share your opinions and let us create an exhibition with your ideas in mind. Three of our students are in the middle of a feasibility report to aid in this and as such have created a short survey to collect responses that will help them make a balanced decision about the exhibition. The survey is short and will not take more than five minutes to complete. Please complete if possible and send it to friends and family as well. They do not need to be avid art fans as the survey caters to this too! Your time is greatly appreciated.
Go to the survey
Undergraduate Art History students at the University of Glasgow selected for the Hannah Frank placement with the supervisor, Dr Fiona Frank, Hannah Frank's niece and champion.
More about us

Mari Wall

My name is Mari and I am a joint honours student, studying History of Art and Film and Television Studies. In my three years at the University of Glasgow, I have also studied English literature and computer science, with this wide range of interests helping me greatly when it comes to thinking about making art accessible and enjoyable online. It inspires me to see other women doing well in the creative field and to give back something for someone who worked so hard is an honour!  Hopefully soon will come the creation of the Hannah Frank online exhibition!

Belen De Bacco

Hi, I'm Belen and I'm a Joint Honours student currently pursuing an MA in History of Art and English Literature. I come from Italy, I have Argentinian origins and I'm really enjoying my studies at the University of Glasgow. I'm really happy to have the opportunity of working on the next online exhibition and exploring the best ways to both showcase Hannah Frank's works and tell her story. I've been learning so much about her and I find her story very empowering. She sets an example for all the women interested in pursuing a career in the arts and I hope others will be as much interested in learning more about her through this exhibition!

Iona Wallace

Hi! I’m Iona, I’m a History of Art and English Literature student at Glasgow University. I grew up locally and have spent years of my life incredibly passionate about art, both creating my own and studying others. I’ve been closely studying Hannah Frank’s works and have been totally captivated by them, the style and subjects of the works particularly interest me. As I’m sure a lot of us do, I feel an incredibly close personal connection with Frank and her works. I’ve been so lucky to be a part of this project, I hope I can do her work justice and create an exhibition that allows the beauty and power of these works to reach wide audiences.

Meg Gray

Hello, I’m Meg! I was born in Oxford but lived in Washington D.C. before moving to Scotland in 2018 to study History of Art at the University of Glasgow. I currently spend a lot of my time studying the diaries Hannah produced almost a century ago. Reading her experience of Glasgow written at the same age I am now is totally captivating. This could be due to the past year’s lack of socialization, but Hannah seems like a close friend of mine! I feel really lucky to be able to engage with her art and I hope you enjoy the work that comes out of this project. 

Fi White

Hiya, I’m Fi! I was born in South Africa and grew up moving around the southern hemisphere and then later within America and then to Northumberland for sixth form, and finally to Glasgow to study History of Art at the university. At the minute, my research regarding Hannah Frank has been based mainly on a deep visual analysis of her pieces – the details are incredible! I have also been working on publishing more posts on social media regarding Frank’s work. Take a look on Instagram: ! I also am enjoying researching the works Frank drew that we reproduced in the Glasgow University Magazine, especially as some of my own work has been in the same magazine however many years later. So far, the project has been so rewarding, and I am so lucky to be working with a wonderful group of people, and as Meg said, our friend Hannah. 

Meg and Fi are working on 'visual analysis' of some of Hannah Frank's images, in articles that are, hopefully, accessibly written and more like blog posts.  Here's Meg's first piece, on 'Come Lovely and Soothing Death' (1949).  It currently links to a PDF of the whole piece. We'd welcome feedback! (Send your comments to
Hannah Frank, Come Lovely and Soothing Death, 1949, pen and ink, 45cm x 32cm, private collection, Glasgow

Visual Analysis Blog Post: Come Lovely and Soothing Death written by Meg Gray

Come lovely and soothing death,
Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving,
In the day, in the night, to all, to each,
Sooner or later delicate death.

Walt Whitman, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d, 1865, lines 135-138

Through the 1949 drawing Come Lovely and Soothing Death, Hannah Frank establishes her experience of mourning alongside a legacy of elegies accompanied and inspired by the words of Walt Whitman’s poem When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d. Produced in the aftermath of World War Two, Frank’s drawing can be understood as a piece that grieves the death and torment incurred by years of fighting as well as personal struggle with familial loss. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d was written by Whitman following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the ceasing of the American Civil War. Sentiments and lines from the poem have been employed in various forms and experiences of mourning. For instance, following World War One, English composer Gustav Holst used the final section of Whitman’s poem in his creation of ‘Ode to Death’. T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land—a commentary on post-war modernity—alludes to the lilac imagery used by Whitman. Frank joins a long history of mourning aided by one of the most influential elegies of all time....
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best wishes and stay safe
Fiona Frank (niece of the late Hannah Frank and director, Hannah Frank Art)

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