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Eamonn Holmes sculpture by Frances Segelman in aid of Gesher School

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.

Eamonn met Frances while filming his Channel 5 series, How The Other Half Live, with his wife Ruth. He says, “Of course Ruth said, ‘Why on Earth would you get a bust of yourself done?’ I said: ‘Why not? It will raise tens of thousands for charity.’ Then she was wondering where I’d put it – ‘I said on the table in the front hall.’ She thinks it’s ridiculous. She’ll get tired of looking at it, but I won’t!”

Frances Segelman sculpting Eamonn Holmes

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.”

Frances Segelman and Eamonn Holmes at the London Film Museum
Hailing from a dynastic family of artists, Frances Segelman is self-taught and has risen to the top of her profession having sculpted a wide variety of public figures including HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales. An established sculptor of personalities from the world of entertainment, politics and sport, Frances’ recent commissions include: HRH The Duke of Kent, Holocaust survivor Arek Hersch, Boris Johnson, Joanna Lumley, Lord Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Steven Redgrave and Sergei Polunin. Frances is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and a Liveryman of the Painter-Stainers Livery Company.
Sculptor Frances Segelman with Jonathan Sands, Founder and  CEO London Film Museum
Sir Jack Petchey and Eamonn Holmes at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden
Eamonn Holmes with Sarah Sultman and Ali Durban from Gesher School

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.

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