Television presenter Eamonn Holmes was sculpted last night by celebrity sculptor Frances Segelman at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden at a packed event in support of Gesher School, a unique independent primary school that provides a specialist learning environment for children with special educational needs. Frances says of her latest commission, “Eamonn came to interview me and asked if I had time, could I ‘knock up a little sculpture’ of him? Then Jonathan Sands, who owns the London Film Museum, offered the venue free of charge for the Gesher School charity event, so last night we had 250 guests watching me sculpt Eamonn live. The evening included a Q&A, which was such fun as Eamonn is hilarious, I hope I captured his wonderful sense of humour.” The bust of Eamonn Holmes was completed by Frances Segelman in front of a VIP audience in less than two hours, she explains “I think I am unique in creating such fast live sculptures – rather like a photograph I want to capture in clay a single moment of time – my best and most fluid work is done in this way.” As part of Frances’ sculpting event at the London Film Museum, 8 contemporary artists and sculptors exhibited and sold their artwork, with proceeds being donated to Gesher School for children with special educational needs. The artists exhibiting included: Alexander Lumsden, Estelle Ellis, Josette Aitman, Matthew Robinson, Rebecca Jayne Salter, Roger Bennie, Simon Tarrant, Victoria Perloff.
A rare opportunity presents itself when Frances Segelman, Sculptor to the Royals and international celebrities, will carve a bust of Holocaust Survivor, Arek Hersh in Leeds on Sunday 1st October. In less than two hours, Leeds born Frances, most famous for her sculptor of Billy Bremner at the gates of Leeds Utd, will sculpt this iconic individual from the Leeds community. Bonhams Auction House will be present at the event to value your art and sculpture so please do bring your artefacts along. There will also be a Silent Auction and professional art exhibition on the theme of ‘Memories and Survival’, in which the artwork of Frances Segelman , her daughter Victoria Harris who has painted Arek ; Philip Naviasky, Joash Woodrow and Willy Tirr will be included. These paintings can be viewed in the window at Headrow Galleries on Harrogate Road. Photography by Jonathan Straight and Royal photographs by Barry Henson, will be sold. Unique Jewish cartoons from the ‘Leylands to Leeds 17 Book’ will also be on sale as postcards and limited edition prints – the Yeadon Bus (‘ Yidden it’s for us’) and the’ Chicken Soup Penicillin’ drip for the Hospital patient in the Herzl Moser Hospital.
Frances and Jack hosted their first ever classical music salon with a teatime concert in front of an invited audience, featuring the award winning Camarilla Ensemble wind quintet. The concert was made possible by Simon Majaro from the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, a national charity that helps increase awareness of chamber music amongst young people. Further musical collaborations with Simon Majoro and CAVATINA are being planned. More news on this soon!
Step LIVE! 2017, sponsored by the Jack Petchey Foundation, will be held at Southbank Centre on Monday 17 July in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. Encouraging new audiences to experience and see dance performances the festival of youth dance will showcase the work that Step into Dance offers, including a free afternoon of activities and a thrilling evening performance in the Royal Festival Hall. Over 1000 dancers from 70 schools will be involved, bringing young people and their families from every single London Borough to Southbank Centre for a great day of fun, entertainment and creativity.
The Grand Final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge took place on 3 July at the Cambridge Theatre, highlighting the capacity of young people to get their message across. This year the Speakers Trust, funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation, trained over 18,000 young people who competed at school level, then at borough level. The top 15 finalists battled it out to become the winner of one of the world’s largest public speaking championships, in front of an audience of 1,000 people.
TV host Eamonn Holmes will be sculpted by Frances on 10 October at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden. Frances will sculpt Eamonn in front of an audience in support of Gesher School, a unique independent primary school that provides a specialist learning environment for children with Special Educational Needs.
On 1 October Frances will travel to Leeds to create a live sculpture for the Makor Jewish Culture Office of a Holocaust Survivor, in commemoration of those who perished and in recognition of those who survived.
Channel 5 has produced two documentary programmes featuring Frances and Jack. ‘Silver Service‘, showcasing Frances’ work as a sculptor, was aired on 10 July; whilst ‘The Millionaires Rule Book’, highlighting Jack’s long business career and philanthropic Foundation, will be aired on 24 July.
Children & the Arts hosted a prize giving ceremony and exhibition at Rich Mix in London on Monday 15 May to announce the winners of the Children & the Arts Secondary School Art Prize in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation. The evening was an opportunity to celebrate the winners, runners up and all 30 shortlisted pieces on display that had been whittled down from over 850 entries from secondary school students across London and Essex. Entrants were invited to submit an original artwork, inspired by the theme ‘Perspective’. They were asked to investigate the world around them: to show the judges their unique perspective or to explore the perspective of someone different to them. Each winner received £500 and £1,000 for their school’s art department. A panel of nine celebrity judges selected the three winners. Judge, Lady Frances Petchey, said: “Whilst there can only be so many winners I know that finding this wonderful pleasure of painting and drawing will stay with these young people forever. Thank you to everyone who entered the Children & the Arts Secondary School Art Prize, and congratulations to the winners and all on our shortlist”.
All over the UK, there are people who show amazing courage, determination and compassion on a daily basis in an effort to overcome the debilitating effects of stroke. I was proud to help judge this year’s Stroke Association Award for Creative Arts. This award is presented to a stroke survivor who uses the visual, performing or applied arts to express him or herself creatively. This can include, among other things, painting, drawing, music, literature, photography, film or graphic design. Stroke Association – Judging Panel From left to right back row – Simon Tarrant, Brendan Neiland, Andrew M. Love, Lady Fellowes of West Stafford, Toni Mascolo, Mark Moody, Geoffrey Palmer From left to right front row – Laura Milne, Juliet Bouverie, Lady Ashcroft, Lady Petchey, Lisa Jordan, Brenda Emmanus, Lady Leith, Patricia Thompson, Jeanette Cooper Hudson “The Life After Stroke Awards recognise the achievements of everyone affected by stroke. We celebrate stroke survivors for showing tremendous spirit and determination after their stroke. We also commend carers, volunteers, stroke clubs and health professionals who are with stroke survivors every step of the way. Our community is a force for good, together we can conquer stroke.” Karren Brady, Patron, Life After Stroke Awards. Nominations for the 2016 Life After Stroke Awards are now closed and the winners will be announced later this year. Nominations for the 2017 awards are open – click here to nominate your stroke hero today.