Cel­e­bra­tion trib­ute to gen­er­ous bene­fac­tor

David Fine Schol­ar­ship win­ners to ex­hibit works

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local News - Ge­or­gia May Gra­ham Lin­wood, Hast­ings Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Arts Trust chair­man

It’s been 10 years since the cre­ation of the David Fine Schol­ar­ship that has opened many creative doors for Hawke’s Bay artists, both lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

Hast­ings Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Arts Trust chair­man Gra­ham Lin­wood cre­ated the schol­ar­ship in mem­ory of Fine, who was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the Arts Cen­tre.

He formed the trust to pur­chase Har­vey’s Build­ing on Rus­sell St, from where the hub con­tin­ues to op­er­ate to­day.

An ex­hi­bi­tion of work by the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents will be held at the Arts Cen­tre on Mon­day, No­vem­ber 12 through un­til the No­vem­ber 23.

On No­vem­ber 18, an open fo­rum will also be held by Keith Thorsen, where re­cip­i­ents from both Toimairangi and EIT Ideas School will out­line their past, present and fu­ture.

“Not only are we cel­e­brat­ing the schol­ar­ship, but also the fact that we’ve owned the build­ing for 25 years, it re­ally is very spe­cial,” Lin­wood said.

Arts Inc com­mu­nity arts devel­op­ment man­ager Pitsch Leiser said the build­ing was a ma­jor as­set for the re­gion.

“It al­lows us to ac­com­mo­date about 600 artists a year through the build­ing and ex­hibit their works, with a real fo­cus on Hawke’s Bay artists.”

All David Fine schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents had gone through EIT or the Toimarangi Arts pro­gramme.

“We es­tab­lished the schol­ar­ship to help stu­dents in their last year. The money doesn’t ac­tu­ally go to the stu­dents, it goes to the ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity and they credit it off their fees,” Lin­wood said.

“When David died, it was de­cided we needed an im­por­tant way to re­mem­ber him and be­ing the sort of per­son that he was, this is some­thing he would think we’d done well.”

Fine, a bank man­ager, came to Hawke’s Bay in the late 1970s and was in­volved in rais­ing money for the Keirunga Gar­dens build­ings.

He was then asked to be­come in­volved in the com­mu­nity arts coun­cil and formed a num­ber of close re­la­tion­ships with the Hawke’s Bay com­mu­nity.

“He was very fo­cused fel­low and when he came up with the idea of pur­chas­ing the Har­vey Build­ing, there was no argu- ing, he had the ‘yes we can do it at­ti­tude’,” Lin­wood said.

“A lot of peo­ple from the art com­mu­nity got in­volved and sup­ported it. They could see what po­ten­tial it would have and they knew it was go­ing to be an as­set, es­pe­cially to own it as a com­mu­nity.”

Lin­wood said the schol­ar­ship and the build­ing was an im­por­tant way of ac- knowl­edg­ing Fine’s work, as well as pro­mot­ing the con­stant growth and con­fi­dence of the arts.

Leiser said Fine had a place in many hearts around the com­mu­nity, but his friend­ship with Lin­wood was unique.

Lin­wood, be­ing an ar­chi­tect, has a pas­sion for her­itage build­ings and when the op­por­tu­nity arose for the trust to pur­chase the Har­vey Build­ing, he worked closely with Fine to re­store it.

“The end re­sult is pretty darn good. We still need to keep work­ing on it and mak­ing it more adapt­able and us­able for the pub­lic.”

Leiser said the 10-year cel­e­bra­tion was also to recog­nise Fine’s work and vi­sion when the build­ing was pur­chased.

“When the arts coun­cil ap­proached the Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil and asked for help to pur­chase the build­ing, they said no.

“That re­ally fu­elled the fire for David and he said, ‘well we’re go­ing to do it any­way’. That was re­ally vi­sion­ary.

“To have this as­set to work with is huge. One of the things I en­joy ev­ery fort­night is to walk into this space and see a new ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It’s not just a cel­e­bra­tion of the artists, it’s a cel­e­bra­tion of the space.”

"When David died, it was de­cided we needed an im­por­tant way to re­mem­ber him and be­ing the sort of per­son that he was, this is some­thing he would think we’d done well."


David Fine, left, and Gra­ham Lin­wood at the Hast­ings Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­tre.

The Hast­ings Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­tre con­tin­ues to pro­mote lo­cal artists.

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