Leeds is a model of artistry

Frances Segelman at work on the bust of communal personality Dr Marjorie Ziff

Frances Segelman at work on the bust of communal personality Dr Marjorie Ziff

Leeds Jewry celebrated its culture and heritage in truly hands-on style on Sunday with a sculpture and crafts fair at the MAZ community centre, attended by 400 people.

Sculptor of celebrities Frances Segelman took centre stage at the event, organised Jewish education charity Makor as part of the local community's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Ms Segelman fashioned a bust of Leeds philanthropist Dr Marjorie Ziff, 81, which will take three months to cast into bronze.

"It's very important to keep our community together and Makor are doing an amazing job through events like these," Dr Ziff said.

Donisthorpe volunteer Gloria Stone puts the finishing touches to a floral display created by the home’s residents

Donisthorpe volunteer Gloria Stone puts the finishing touches to a floral display created by the home’s residents

Local painter Phil Solden also exhibited and other displays featured clocks, glassware, two-foot high knitted dolls in the image of famous Jews and handmade tablecloths from the last 80 years.

One, by the late dressmaker, Nora Pearlman, incorporated dozens of embroidered signatures of community members.

"There were lots of young families there," reported organiser Helen Frais. "The whole concept is bringing awareness of our heritage for future generations and Sunday showed it was working."

    Last updated: 9:55am, March 4 2011