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.
Over 20 celebrities will gather on 25 October 2016, each with a unique bust of themselves by royal sculptor Frances Segelman, as part of a major retrospective of her work being held in aid of the Jack Petchey Back to Work Fund for the Stroke Association. The event will take place at the Tower of London. A pantheon of royals and notables are featured in this exhibition of life-like bronze sculptures by Frances Segelman, which sees HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales, sit alongside entertainment stars Sir Bruce Forsyth, Honor Blackman and Elaine Paige. Downton Abbey creator Lord Julian Fellowes, whose sculpture by Frances Segelman is being unveiled for the first time said, “I am thrilled to have been sculpted by Frances, I admire her work very much and feel flattered to be included at this unique event celebrating the work of the Stroke Association.” The cross-section of famous faces being exhibited includes Frances Segelman’s latest bronze of recently appointed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The political spectrum is also represented by figures such as Lord David Owen, Lord William Hague and Cherie Blair, and the world of sports sees the likes of Linford Christie, Bob Wilson, Terry Venebles and Sven-Göran Ericsson. Other stars being showcased include Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Antoinette Sibley, Dame Edna Everage, Jilly Cooper and “Queen of Harps” Catrin Finch who will give a harp recital at the exhibition launch. Writer Ari Franklinos, whose book ‘Sculptures by Frances Segelman’ will be previewed at the exhibition, said “Inspired by Michelangelo, Frances has dedicated herself to creating bronze busts of her subjects which capture their immediacy and likeness. Her creations are realistic sculptures with a purity that invites the viewer to ponder on the face and inner thoughts that emanate from the work, the eyes, the faint lines on the skin. Her busts provide a classic vision of harmony […]
Frances Segelman has written a new book about her sculptures in conjunction with writer Ari Franklinos. The book will be launched at Frances’ Tower of London Retrospective on 25 October. Ari Franklinos said.. “My main interest is literature and subjects I have been involved with include mythology, history, philosophy, religion and the arts generally, particularly classical music. Frances asking me to help her write a book on her wonderful sculptures was a breath of fresh air as it was something new for me. Much of the information came from Frances and this was supplemented by research on each of her illustrious subjects. The main difficulty was in selecting the most appropriate photographs from the many available and I am grateful to the many people who contributed to this daunting task. After all the hard work I believe we have created a very beautiful book showcasing Frances’ phenomenal achievement!!”
The Captured Hermaphroditus was an exhibition at the Groucho Club created by Frances Segelman and the emerging artist XXXora. http://www.artlyst.com/news/hermaphroditus-divine-androgyny-awakens-at-the-groucho-club/