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Tuesday, August 14, 2012


THE WORK of the iconic Glasgow Jewish Artist Hannah Frank has come to Yell for the first time this summer and will also be on show next year in Lerwick.

The exhibition opened at the Old Haa Museum, Yell, on Monday 30 July, runs until 19 August, and comprises drawings, prints and sculpture from the artist’s 75 year career.

Hannah was born in 1908. She studied at Glasgow University, graduating in 1930 and also attended evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art from the 1920s for many decades.  Her trademark black and white drawings are resonant of the Art Nouveau period and contain a hint of Aubrey Beardsley and Jessie King yet they are very much her own. She completed them between 1925 and 1952. After this she turned to sculpture, studying under Benno Schotz, who became Her Majesty's Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland.

Fiona Frank, the artist’s niece, attended the exhibition’s opening night where there was a screening of the film ‘Hannah Frank – The Spark Divine’ by award-winning film-maker Sarah Thomas.   The film explores the life of the artist as a young woman through her diaries and her poetry as well as her art, and includes interviews filmed with Hannah Frank in her late nineties.  Sculptor Andy Scott pronounced it “a very wonderful short film”.

Andrina Nisbet, Chairperson of the Old Haa Trust, said: “We are proud of the standard of art we show here and to have an artist as well-known as Hannah Frank is wonderful’.  Patricia Odie, a trustee, said “It was a pleasure to meet Fiona and be part of the opening night.  I love Hannah’s  work!”

At the exhibition at the Old Haa bronzes of Hannah’s sculptures are on sale as well as reproductions of her drawings as prints, cards and sets of assorted notelets.  

Next year the exhibition will run at the Shetland Museum and Archive, Hay’s Dock, Lerwick, from 2 Feb until 4 March 2013.

Hannah Frank, A Glasgow Artist: Drawings and Sculpture,
·         The Old Haa Museum, Yell, Shetland. Tel 01957 722 339. To 19 August. Opening hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 2 pm - 5pm.  
·         Shetland Museum and Archive, Hay’s Dock, Lerwick, Shetland. Tel   01595 695057.         
2 February to 4 March 2013. Opening hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 12 noon - 5 pm

Monday, June 04, 2012

Hannah Frank News Extra June 2012

Someone complained that long Facebook notes are completely unreadable on Blackberries.  So this is for YOU: 

Ideal Home Offer on Unsigned and Signed Prints Now Open to Everyone

TO CELEBRATE Summer and this Jubilee holiday we are now offering the
Ideal Home offer on prints to our wider audience - that's you!

The first FIVE people to contact me and ask for unsigned prints will
be able to secure any amount of these at £10 instead of £25.
I have located some unsigned lithographs of the light-filled drawings
‘Woman with Birds’ (1947) and  ‘Girl at Window’ (1952), so this is a
rare opportunity to buy these at £10. Other unsigned prints are 'Sun'
(1943),‘The Mocking Fairy’ (1931), a few last copies of 'Dusty Answer'
(1930),  'Night Forms' (1932), and 'Flight' (1939).

The first FIVE people to contact me asking for signed prints - which
are very collectible - can take advantage of the 2 for the price of 1
offer. See the signed prints marked by an asterisk on the web gallery
shop at or ask me to email you a print

Hannah Frank prints make superb presents, wedding gifts, or civil
partnership gifts (see especially 'Dream' and 'Two Heads')  and these
offers are also a fabulous way to add to your own Hannah Frank art

And don't forget recasts of her sensuous sculptures are also available.

Also - if you or anyone you know would like to go to the last day and
a half of the Ideal Home Show Scotland at the SECC today till 6 and
tomorrow 10-6, they can get a 10% discount on tickets by quoting the
ticket code EXS12 when ordering through  or by phoning 0844 894 2010.

Happy sun-filled holidays to you all
Fiona Frank