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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

NOVEMBER IS HANNAH FRANK MONTH!

so much to say, so little time! We've been on Woman's Hour.... we have our first London exhibition.... we have an 'at home' at a gallery in the West End of Glasgow where they're having a Hannah Frank experience inthe whole complex, not just the little gallery....the sales of prints and cards has taken off... everything seems to be perfect! Auntie Hannah is in great form and I'm really looking forward to seeing her tomorrow. I have just interviewed her by phone for the Glasgow Evening Times and although this is an 'exclusive' I'll just say here the answers to one of the questions which I thought was so great and reflected Auntie Hannah so perfectly:

'what advice would you give to a young Glasgow artist setting out now'...

"Ignore the whole lot of them, just do what you want to do and what you’re happy doing, and if it so happens that people like it, all the better, but don’t set out just so that people will like it. You do what you have to do and what you like doing. I can’t make it clearer than that. If something good comes of it, all the better. If people agree with you and like it, all the better still."

I'm doing a talk tomorrow at a Glasgow University DACE (dept of adult education) course about my aunt's life and work and how it fits in to the story of Jewish Immigration to Glasgow....

I'm hoping that the increased print sales will allow us to make a proper documentary of my aunt's life while she's still alive: I'm working with a wonderful visual anthropologist and we're planning a 'road trip' to the places that she visited on holiday when she was young. I've just had contact from a woman in Saltcotes whose dad remembers the Franks coming to stay in the house next door, when he was a young boy, and Hannah sitting drawing with his older sister Jane Platts, who died young. There's so much to find out about. There are still some 'lost' drawings here and there... so watch this space! and contact me on the email address on the website (http://www.hannahfrank.org.uk) for ANYTHING about Hannah Frank!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Woman´s Hour!

The exhibition at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue started in July and has been extended as Hannah Frank and I were interviewed for BBC Woman´s Hour recently and the exhibition will run until the programme goes out! more news of dates when I have it...

Saturday, July 01, 2006

onwards and upwards

the RGI exhibition was wonderful - we had more than 600 visitors, we had loads of press (the Independent, the Glasgow Herald, the local Scottish evening papers...)

We've just packed up a load of artworks now to take to London for the summer and the autumn: it opens next week at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue wonderful Etz Chayim gallery and then goes to the London Jewish Cultural Centre for the autumn. And we are currently making plans for the works to go to Boston - and for me and my daughter to follow it to Boston for a few weeks too!

I will be at the private view at Northwood on Thursday 6th: hope to see you there. Let me know if you'd like an invitation...
best wishes
Fiona (fionafrank@hannahfrank.org.uk)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Royal Glasgow Institute show starts tonight

Have spent all this week setting up for the Royal Glasgow Institute Kelly Gallery show - including being interviewed by all kinds of journalists for all kinds of papers who have also photographed and interviewed Auntie Hannah; she is very pleased about all this attention and I think I am definitely working towards my mission of making her into a household name at this stage in her life! i met a musician at the Burns Supper last night at the old people's home auntie Hannah lives in, and he had seen her on TV last year!
there was a fab article in the Independent on Monday - see http://www.hannahfrank.org.uk, click on on line shop, then follow the links at the bottom of the page
and it will be in the List and the Glasgow Herald and the Evening Times this week.
preview tonight
opening on Saturday
it's all go!