Actress Maureen Lipman is to draw on one of her other talents to help raise money for Holocaust remembrance.
A signed painting by the actress is to be auctioned at the 1a>White Rose ball1b> later this month, where she will also host proceedings.
The star-studded affair, which will include performances by 3a>Liza Minelli3b> and the cast of Jersey Boys, has been organised to help fund the Holocaust Education Centre in Nottinghamshire.
The event has been 2a>backed by stars including Stephen Fry and Elaine Page2b> and will take place in London on September 25.
Ms Lipman's painting is one of a number of valuable items goung under the hammer at the party; bidders can also get their hands on a Faberge egg and a work by "Banksy".
The actress said that as a schoolgirl she had loved painting but the other pupils were always "better" than she was. Given a blank canvas later in life, she rediscovered her passion.
"I was so mesmerised by the paint that I stayed up till 2.30 am in the morning," she said.
Find out more about the White Rose ball at www.whiteroseball.org