WELCOME TO OUR DECEMBER 2020 NEWS
We do hope that you are keeping safe and well during this highly unusual year that has brought such challenges to many of us.
Here is our roundup of Hannah Frank News plus some really great offers.
HANNAH FRANK PRINTS
Hannah Frank art prints make fantastic presents and they can be posted to your or a friend’s door with a personal gift message. ORDER BY FRIDAY 18TH 5 P.M. FOR DELIVERY BY CHRISTMAS (ROYAL MAIL WILLING)
We still have signed and unsigned prints of a limited number of Hannah Frank’s drawings available – Dance, Woman and Trees, Woman with Birds, Night, Spring Frieze, In thoughts from the visions of the night, Girl at Window and Job (signed), and Flight, Sun, and Night Forms, (unsigned, . Unsigned prints are £25, signed prints are from £100 to £300 – with an offer on signed prints (2 for the price of one, cheaper print free).
See https://tinyurl.com/hannahfrankdec2020 for the images and full details of how to order.
MORE COLLECTABLE PRINTS IN ‘LAST CHANCE’ OFFER
You may recall that our friend Bill Laughlin, from 2Canvas in Glasgow, sadly died suddenly last year. We have been working with Bill and 2Canvas for more than ten years to provide one-off prints, on heavy art paper (and also on canvas), of some of my aunt’s other images. Bill’s death marks the end of this offer of providing one-off prints of the other images, but Bill had made a set of some of these prints which we can now offer to Hannah Frank fans at a special one-off price of £40.
What’s particularly exciting about these prints is that they include some of Hannah Frank’s rarer works, mostly but not exclusively, from the 1920s. As these are the last remaining prints in existence and we don’t plan to reproduce any more of these, they are quite collectable and we’d love to see these go to Hannah Frank fans. Many of these drawings are highly romantic in nature taking poetry as their inspiration and featuring highly detailed elements. You can see them all here: https://tinyurl.com/hannahfrankdec2020
DIGITAL ART EXHIBITION
In the New Year I will be working with some University of Glasgow History of Art students on a feasibility study for a digital art exhibition. We hope that the exhibition will run through the latter half of 2021 and into 2022 and will encourage a lot of creative responses in different art forms.
While it is true that Covid takes away some opportunities, the ways that it has forced us to adapt to new circumstances has also brought about some real benefits particularly in relation to online activity – including increased access for people who had found it difficult to get to galleries in the past due to geography or disabilithy (for example see Kim's story below); a chance to make international links effortlessly; and a great reduction in the financial and environmental cost of travel.
REVAMP OF WEBSITE PLANNED
I continue to work with my last year's Glasgow University students. We are working to complete the audio descriptions of the works and also to complete our inventory of all the works.
We're planning a revamp of the Hannah Frank website in 2021 to add full information to each image, and also to include creative responses to the images which we hope to get in from schools, community groups, and individuals, in all kinds of media including dance and music as well as drawing and sculpture.
HANNAH FRANK IN THE NEWS
In September there was a feature about Hannah and her art in the Glasgow Times newspaper. By Senior Features writer, Ann Fotheringham, it is entitled ‘Gorbals Teacher Hannah Frank Overcame Persecution to Take Art World by Storm’ and it describes Hannah as ‘one of Scotland's most significant artists’.
You can read it here:
RETIREMENT, BUT NOT FROM HANNAH FRANK ACTIVITIES
This year I retired from my role as Projects and Outreach Officer for the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, SCoJeC (and also from my role as Ops Manager at Halton Mill in Halton outside Lancaster). SCoJeC has long been very supportive of our work to bring Hannah Frank to a wider audience (and Halton Mill too has hosted a Hannah Frank art exhibition in its time!).
I was delighted to run an online session on Hannah Frank as part of SCoJeC's Scottish Jewish Art Club which ran from the very beginning of lockdown. SCoJeC has launched a series of Creative Thursday events featuring a variety of creative arts. You can see the Hannah Frank session, which runs to just over 40 minutes and features me with Geanina Beres and Sylvie Rowland, by following this link: https://www.scojec.org/resources/videos/art_club/art_club.html Several of you from this newsletter attended, it was wonderful to see you!
Despite my retirement I continue with my work on the Hannah Frank art project and I am doing some bid writing support for other organisations. I am basically continuing to organise things but just not being paid for it now! I’ve become a bit of a ‘zoom expert’ since lockdown began in March, and am running some free Zoom training sessions for people wanting to deliver their own Zoom events. Find out more and sign up at www.tinyurl.com/fionazoomtraining
NEWS FROM HANNAH FRANK FANS
We are always interested to hear how people discover Hannah’s art. Earlier in the year we heard from two new fans.
Here is a lovely story from Zoe, who grew up in Glasgow and now lives in Suffolk. She was looking for information about ‘Garden’ (1932).
‘There was a print of this drawing on my wall as a wee girl but it’s taken me 30 years to work out what it was and who it was by,’ she told us. ‘I had thought it was by Aubrey Beardsley all these years. Then a Glaswegian friend posted a photo of her mum’s house on social media. On her wall there was the print! It is so beautiful!’
Zoe googled ‘Glasgow art nouveau black and white print’ and found Hannah Frank and contacted us.
She bought the book Hannah Frank, Drawings and Sculpture.
‘I feel like I’ve solved a childhood mystery and discovered secret gold!’ she said.
Kim, another fan based in Scotland, told us how she came across Hannah Frank:
‘I read about the Hannah Frank exhibition at Rozelle Galleries in Ayr, which I read about in the Rozelle Galleries News. I was unable to go to the exhibition due to worsening chronic illness. I love receiving your email newsletters. Hannah's work is so beautiful and inspirational. I'm delighted to be able to look at so many of Hannah's pieces at last, especially her sculptural work, and the sketches and background information give such insight into how she approached her art. I may never be well enough to see Hannah's work in person but I can now pore over my book with relish. Thank you for keeping Hannah in public view and for introducing me to her gorgeous work!’
And a third fan, Kenny, got in touch this week and has bought some prints as Christmas presents, because he has moved to a house next door to the cemetery where Hannah is buried, and found out about Hannah’s work from the beautifully presented Cathcart Cemetery website https://www.cathcartcemetery.co.uk/hannahfrank
Hannah Frank, A Glasgow Artist - the book
A limited edition catalogue of Hannah Frank’s work was published in 1988 by her brother, Arthur Frank. This was distributed in a signed and numbered limited edition of 500 copies. Our updated and expanded book ‘Hannah Frank, a Glasgow Artist, Drawings and Sculpture’ which I edited, was published by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in September 2004 and is twice the size of the first catalogue. (Here it is being displayed back in 2004 by Miriam Margolyes, a big Hannah Frank fan). It contains first-rate reproductions of her work and some previously unknown material including sketches from the artist’s diaries and early self-portraits. It has 208 pages and 200+ illustrations. You can still buy the book at the reduced price of £10 per copy (usual price £21.50). Find it on our website here:
Astonishingly, twelve years after her death, we have just heard that a selection of my aunt’s things has been discovered at Westacres, the home in Newton Mearns, Glasgow, where she lived during her final years. There is a vintage china coffee set comprising pot, cream and sugar and Royal Albert china, cups and saucers and side plates plus an assortment of crystal glasses and some dessert plates!
As a complete coincidence, on the very same day I also heard from the people who had recently bought my aunt and uncle's house in Netherlee, and had got in touch to order a copy of the Hannah Frank book, to find out more about her illustrious predecessor. This way, we're very pleased to say that the glasses have now found their way back to their original home!
And that’s it for another year!
Do keep us informed of all your Hannah Frank News and take care.
With season’s greetings and good wishes for a very happy New Year.
best wishes and stay safe
Fiona Frank (niece of the late Hannah Frank and director, Hannah Frank Art)
tel 07778 737681