Specialist equipment brings Hannah Frank artwork to life for Hawkhead Centre veterans in Paisley

Posted: 07/12/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

Specialist equipment brought art to life for Scottish War Blinded members in a special creative workshop on the work of Glasgow artist and sculptor Hannah Frank last week.

Fiona Frank, who is Hannah Frank’s niece, is currently running the Hannah Frank 110th Birthday Exhibition at Glasgow University Chapel with the support of Glasgow University student volunteers.

A member (agnes) looks at the detailed metal template with the CCTV reader

She, and student Lisa Chamberlain, attended the Hawkhead Centre in Paisley on Thursday, December 6, to share stories of the artist’s career. 

The session included hands-on viewings of Hannah Frank’s original metal templates, which she created in order to produce print copies of her popular pieces in the 1960s.

Members study the metal templates by feeling the details with their fingers

And the sheer detail of the artist’s intricate works were revealed to the members with the help of portable lights and a CCTV reader, which magnified the templates in such detail that even Fiona and Lisa hadn’t seen before.

Scottish War Blinded member, Agnes Houston, enjoyed experiencing the art with fellow veterans, and was fascinated to view the templates with the aid of the CCTV reader.

Members and two of Scottish War Blinded's Rehab Officers look at one of the metal templates with the CCTV reader

Agnes said: “I hadn’t heard about Hannah Frank so I was really intrigued.

“It’s not only been about looking through the magnifier at the artwork, it’s been the discussion and seeing the templates through the interpretations of others’ eyes, too. That’s the icing on the cake – it just brought it alive!”

It was also an opportunity for Fiona and Lisa to consult with the members on ideas for making art accessible to people with sight loss.

As a result of the session, Scottish War Blinded hope to lend a CCTC reader to the exhibition in January to enable more visitors with visual impairment to enjoy discovering the art in more depth.

And there are also plans for a group of members from Hawkhead to attend the exhibition in the new year.

Fiona Frank said: “I had no idea you could get so close to the art work.

“It’s been amazing to come and meet the veterans and see what goes on in this incredible, beautiful facility.”