Dear Loyal Hannah Frank Fans!
I can't believe it's been nearly a year since our last newsletter....there's lots to report this year! starting with.....
We are delighted that Hannah’s art will feature in a new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. This major exhibition is called ‘Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors, 1885-1965’. It runs from Saturday 7 November to Sunday 26 June 2016. The exhibition includes Hannah Frank's sculpture 'Woman and Bird.’
• Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR. See www.nationalgalleries.org for more information.
‘Modern Scottish Women’ is accompanied by a lavishly-illustrated book based on new research, to which we contributed an article. The book, with the same title as the exhibition, was edited by Alice Strang, and you can find it here. I’ve just received my copy – and having read the biographies of the 60 or so women included in the exhibition (and the book), I’m finding it amazing that any women ever managed to produce art at all, given that they had to give up work on marriage, they weren’t encouraged to study, they had to give up their studios to their husbands….. Hannah Frank’s husband Lionel Levy was always immensely supportive. Hannah like all other Scottish women of the time had to give up teaching on marriage, though she continued to work as an artist till her nineties…
HANNAH FEATURES IN EXHIBITION OF SCOTTISH BOOK DESIGNERS AND ILLUSTRATORS
At the same time as the Modern Scottish Women exhibition, there’s an exhibition of Scottish Women Illustrators and Book Designers, in the Keiller Library at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. It runs from Saturday 7 November to the end of June 2016, with a print from Hannah Frank coming in the second hanging starting in March 2016.
When Hannah’s work was first exhibited at the Riverside Gallery, Inverness, in 2004, her art had just embarked on this new, exciting journey of discovery by a whole new audience. As regular readers will know since then her work has been exhibited extensively across the UK and in America, receiving public and critical acclaim and much media coverage.
This year her work returns to The Riverside Gallery. This came about because some members of Inverness’s tiny Jewish community were very interested in hearing more about Hannah Frank’s life. We’re really pleased that the gallery welcomed the opportunity of a repeat show in the city.
• Hannah Frank, A Glasgow Artist, Riverside Gallery, 11, Bank Street, Inverness, IV1 1QY.
RIVERSIDE GALLERY RECEPTION BUFFET AND TALK
On Thursday 26 November there will be an opening reception buffet at 5 pm sponsored by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities followed by a talk by Fiona Frank at 7pm. The subject will be "Hannah Frank: Art, Religion and the Environment" and forms part of Scottish Interfaith Week. There will be ample time for discussion – about the representation of the environment in different faith traditions….
SIX PAGE FEATURE IN “NORTH MAGAZINE”
We wrote a 1000 word, illustrated, six page article about Hannah for the North Magazine, based in Inverness. This accompanies the upcoming Hannah Frank exhibition at the Riverside Gallery. (See story above.) Look out for it!
SPECIAL OFFER ON PRINTS UNTIL JUNE 2016
To celebrate this flurry of Hannah Frank activity we are offering two for the price of one prints (cheaper print free) until June when the fantastic exhibition in Edinburgh closes. Go to the Hannah Frank website www.hannahfrank.org.uk, click on the gallery, choose any two prints – the offer applies to the more expensive signed prints as well as the digitally reproduced prints – put your first choice in the order form and your second choice in the ‘notes’ (email first firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability).
We’re looking for a café, gallery or art shop – or even an upmarket charity shop – in Glasgow or nearby, to partner with in 2016. We’d supply Hannah Frank framed prints, you would show them, and encourage print sales; and you’d get a commission on sales – please contact Fiona Frank for more info.