HANNAH FRANK 110th Birthday Exhibition

Exhibition of prints, original drawings and sculpture
Glasgow University Chapel
Monday 19 November 2018 to Wednesday 6 February 2019.
Open Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Launch reception, Sunday 18th November, 7.30 p.m. RSVP

The exhibition includes a programme of free talks and events.
See calendar here for full details!

Charitable appeal for 2018: SJAC, GSA, and the Khadija Saye Internship funds

In November and December 2017 we had two half price prints on sale in aid of the flood appeal at Aberdeen Synagogue. Your generosity in buying one of these special prints raised a total of £525 to repair the synagogue - which with gift aid was increased to 656.75. Aberdeen Synagogue and Community Centre have now managed to raise the entire sum of £10,000 they needed to cover the post-flood repairs. Thanks to you all!

During 2018: half the income of all SIGNED PRINTS sold from this site will be divided between:

The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre - towards their work collecting and preserving material relating to the Jewish experience in Scotland over the past 200 years - an organisation that Hannah Frank and her husband Lionel supported since it started.

The Mackintosh Campus Appeal . At a total project cost of £80 million, the Mackintosh Campus Appeal will sympathetically and authentically restore the world-famous Mackintosh Building and return it to the heart of the campus, enable us to recover from the consequences of the fire and also fund the purchase and refurbishment of the Stow building. Hannah Frank who studied at the School of Art would have been devastated by the news of the fire and would have wished to support the fund. Update: we await news after the second fire

and Creative Access who have set up a fund to provide internships for young black and minority ethnic artists in memory of Khadija Saye, the young artist who died in the Grenfell fire.

Two Hannah Frank signed prints, 'In thoughts from the visions of the night' and 'Night' will continue to be on sale at £100 each - half the usual price - during 2018 - to help to support these appeals.

Click here to purchase 'In thoughts from the visions of the night'

and Click here to purchase 'Night'

Hannah Frank’s work is permanently honoured as part of a set of seven arches, designed by artist Liz Peden and unveiled in 2016, under the Clelland Road railway arches in Glasgow’s Gorbals along with two other notables who were born in the Gorbals: Henry Pinkerton who founded the detective agency, and the boxer Benny Lynch.

Please look round the site for more information about the artist's life and work. Click on the gallery/shop to view her work and purchase prints and books. Get in touch (contact details at foot of page) to enquire about bronze sculptures for sale. We are very keen to work with galleries to ensure that Hannah Frank's work remains in the public eye. Please contact Fiona Frank to discuss possibilities.


"Her work will always be considered, when there's a  discussion of art in the twentieth century, in Glasgow, and in Scotland.  I think her place is secure." 

 -  Sandy Moffatt, Head of Painting & Printmaking, Glasgow School of Art

Hannah Frank (Al Aaraaf) died in December 2008. In 2009 she received two posthumous awards: Glasgow City Council's Lord Provost's award for Art, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glasgow. Born in Glasgow in 1908, Hannah studied both Glasgow University and the Glasgow School of Art.

She produced her trademark black and white drawings from the age of 17 in 1925, and between 1927 to 1932 the GUM, the Glasgow University Magazine, rarely came out without a drawing by 'Al Aaraaf', her chosen pen name. Gilbert Highet, GUM editor in the late 1920s (and later Anthon Professor of Latin Language and Literature at Columbia University, New York) was an early fan.

Hannah's haunting black and white drawings are resonant of the Art Nouveau period and with a hint of Aubrey Beardsley and Jessie King. She took up sculpture in the 1950s, studying with Benno Schotz; and her drawings and sculpture were exhibited in the Royal Glasgow Institute, the Royal Academy, and the Royal Scottish Academy, throughout her artistic career.

Hannah Frank continued to produce sculpture till her early 90s. In 2002, aged 94, she moved with her husband Lionel Levy to a care home in Glasgow, where her drawings and sculpture are on show after her death and are much admired by residents, staff and visitors.

Hannah Frank wanted to 'leave footprints on the sands of time', in the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This website is designed to help in this process. Hannah Frank's drawings and sculptures are available for short loan exhibitions and signed and unsigned reproductions of her drawings are available for sale as prints and cards.