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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hannah Frank at the Hidden Lane Gallery till 30 October

Hannah Frank at the beautiful Hidden Lane Gallery - exhibition runs till 30 October, 11 am - 5 p.m. Tues-Saturday. Evening reception Wed 6th October 5 p.m.- 7.30 p.m. All welcome please pass it on!
1081 Argyle St, Finneston, Glasgow. G3 8LZ

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hannah Frank original drawings for sale by silent auction at the Hidden Lane Gallery -closes 4 p.m on Sat 30 October

Four drawings and a set of two woodcuts by Hannah Frank - Al Aaraaf (1908-2008)- for sale by silent auction.

This is the first time that there has been a chance to bid on original Hannah Frank drawings since the 1970s. This beautiful set of four drawings and two woodcuts has been in a private collection in Norwich for 30 years. They are now on show at the Hidden Lane Gallery Hannah Frank exhibition which runs till 30 October. Closing date for the Silent Auction is 4 p.m. on Saturday 30th October. You can bid, in increments of £20, in person at the gallery, or by phoning the gallery during gallery opening times (11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday).

Gallery Tel no 0141 204 3139.
Hidden Lane Gallery 1081 Argyle St Finneston Glasgow G3 8LZ.

The four drawings are:

'Ex Libris Arthur Frank' 1929 Pen and ink. - this is a well-known image of a stylised Hannah Frank style woman, holding up a sheet of paper, with a mask by her feet - done originally in 1929 as a frontispiece for the GUM magazine. It is signed Al Aaraaf, the artist's pen name which she used for drawings in the GUM. The drawing and the image was used for many of the 1960s and 70s exhibitions posters, and covers for prints and cards catalogues. When the current owner bought it there were details of an Edinburgh exhibition from the 1970s on it - these details are on the back of the frame, but under those details were, in beautiful manuscript 'ex libris Arthur Frank' - a bookplate for the artist's younger brother, Arthur Frank (1915-2005). There are some 'whiteout' marks which you can see on the closeup photos and glue marks where the different exhibition information, etc, has been stuck on the drawing. Opening offer £2500. (10/9/10 - check with gallery for latest price)

'Head with diamond floor' - unfinished drawing, pencil and pen and ink, 1934. The drawing is of a woman, in front of a window with a tree and typical Hannah Frank dark, close-drawn sky, with diamond tiled window ledge. The drawing is signed 'Hannah Frank' in pencil, in capital letters. Opening offer £1700. (10/9/10 - check with gallery for latest price)

'Hopeless Love' - pen and ink drawing, 1929. This beautiful drawing is of a woman, facing the viewer, with a long dress, long pointed fingers, and typical eerie Hannah Frank trees and a closely drawn dark nightfall in the background. The words, in careful manuscript, are 'a lady murmuring low words of hopeless love'. Hannah Frank based many of her drawings on poetry - the original of this quotation is not known (please contact the artist's niece Fiona Frank if you have any information on this quotation). This is an untypical drawing of the period in that there is a lot of white in it - her early drawings of 1928/1929 are mainly in black with fine white lines marking the figures. Opening offer £2000 (10/9/10 - check with gallery for latest price).

'Spirit of Delight' 1927 - pen and ink drawing. This very early drawing is of a woman, with long flowing hair and a long dress with a flowing train, silhouetted against a black background. The quotation is 'rarely rarely comest thou - spirit of delight' - which comes from a 1824 song of the same name by Shelley. Opening offer £2000 10/9/10 - check with gallery for latest price).

The two woodcuts are mounted together. They were done between 1932 and 1934 when Hannah Frank studied wood engraving at the Glasgow School of Art.(She won the James McBey prize for wood engraving. They are both of the same image, at slightly different stages of the engraving. One is signed Hannah Frank in pencil. The image is of the artist's own bookplate - the wording is 'Ex Libris Hannah Frank - Al Aaraaf'. There is a representation of the artist, holding a pen in her left hand (she was, in fact, right-handed, but the engraving is done in mirror image), with, in the background the typical star, and double leafed tree that figures in many of her drawings. The poetry books and bottle of ink - the other tools of her trade - feature below - and the artist is holding a sheaf of drawings in her right hand. Opening offer £1500 10/9/10 - check with gallery for latest price.)

Sale price includes frame with acid free mount. Enquire for closeup photos of individual drawings Fiona Frank, the artist's niece -

Also at the gallery - many more original Hannah Frank black and white drawings and sketches and a set of pastel life drawings from the 1950s which were only discovered in 2008 (and which are all for sale). Also bronze and plaster sculptures and a chance to buy cards, prints (some signed) and sculptures.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Silent Auction at the Hidden Lane Gallery

closes 4 p.m. on Saturday 30th October 2010. These are two of the drawings - bids already received for them at £2000 each. More photos coming of the other two drawings and set of two woodcuts. Bids accepted at £20 increments. Call the gallery during gallery opening hours (Tues-Sat 11-5) on 0141 204 3139 to give them your contact details and to obtain a bidding number, then phone in your bid - or go and see the drawings in person!

exhibition at the Hidden Lanes Gallery, Glasgow

opened on 10th September with a lovely party. This was Jewish New Year (I read the calendar wrong when I agreed the start date) so we have another evening reception coming up on Wednesday 6th October at 5 p.m. The exhibition looks fantastic and there are more sculptures on show than we've seen before anywhere in the last ten years since I've been involved in this project. The space is wonderful. We have poetry workshops coming up - it's all going very nicely. See and

Info on the poetry workshops -


The first Hannah Frank Poetry Competition attracted over 500 entries and the winning poems are exhibited at the exhibition, with the drawings which inspired them. To continue this momentum, we have invited poet William Bonar and creative media tutor Catherine Wallace and colleagues into the gallery to run a selection of poetry workshops for adults and children.

Free, all welcome. There are 16 places at each workshop. Please book your place by phoning the gallery on 0141 204 3139.

ADULT WORKSHOPS – open to all, no experience necessary

Tuesday 14th September 2-3.30 with Catherine Wallace and colleagues from the Routes Into Learning project)

Tuesday 5th October 2-3.30 with Catherine Wallace and colleagues

Saturday 30th October (Hannah Frank and the Scottish Border Ballads), 2-4 p.m. with William Bonar from St Mungo’s Mirrorball Poets’ Network


Tuesday 26th October (primary schools 11-12, secondary schools 1-2) with William Bonar

Schools, creative writing groups, art groups and others are welcome to book a slot in the gallery for their group to do some creative work inspired by the exhibition. There is a seating area for up to 16 people.

To book your slot or for more information phone the gallery on 0141 204 3139.

See over for more information on the workshops and tutors



Catherine Watt and Routes Into Learning.

Catherine Watt will be working with volunteers Avril Graham, Sandra Holmes and Pauline Green. Catherine manages the Routes into Learning project on behalf of John Wheatley College and Routes Out Services. Catherine has an Honours Degree in Media specialising in Film and Art and a Post Graduate Diploma in Screen Studies. She uses her experience to support vulnerable women to engage in using a range of creative media. Since the project was established almost six years ago they have held a variety of exhibitions of art and photography, performances of poetry and published a book 'A rose by any other name ...' to great acclaim in 2006. The project has also won a number of awards, most recently volunteer, Avril Graham, won the Overall Regional Learner of the Year Award from Scotland's Learning Partnership. The group will be running two open workshops demonstrating some of the techniques they have used to create their own poetry, on Tuesday 14th September and on Tuesday 5 October both from 2pm to 3.30pm. They are also hosting a closed workshop for some of the women they currently support on Friday 1 October from 2pm to 3.30pm.

William Bonar from St Mungo's Mirrorball Poets' Network.

William Bonar’s poetry has been widely published, most recently in Gutter 02 and Anon Seven. His pamphlet, Frostburn Steel, was published in 2004 by Dreadful Night Press. In 2008 he was awarded an MLitt in Creative Writing by Glasgow University. He used to teach English and still works in education. He'll be running two poetry workshops: one, for schools, on Tuesday 26th October, and one for adults on Saturday 30th October.
The workshop on Tuesday 26th October will be in two parts - 11-12 (primary) and 1-2 (secondary). There are only sixteen places for each event so schools will need to book in. It's expected that a school might send two or three talented poets, with a teacher, to one of these sessions.

The workshop on Saturday 30th October, the last day of the exhibition, will be on the theme of the Scottish Border Ballads and Hannah Frank. 2-4 p.m. Some of Hannah Frank's drawings share with the Border Ballads a sense of the supernatural, and the oddness of existence. The workshop will explore narrative forms of poetry inspired by the drawings of Hannah Frank, in in the tradition of the Scottish Border Ballads. To close the exhibition some participants will be invited to read their poems.

Schools – and other groups - are also invited to book a slot to bring up to 16 pupils to work on poems or sketches inspired by the drawings of Hannah Frank, at any time throughout the exhibition.

To book at any of these events or for more information

phone the gallery on 0141 204 3139.