The Arts Society Hawke’s Bay

The Arts Society HB 2018 Committee

Founded in 2013, The Arts Society Hawke’s Bay helps open up the world of the arts to everyone and supports the preservation of our New Zealand artistic heritage. We have a friendly and enthusiastic membership of approximately 220 who come together to enjoy an annual programme of eight lectures on a wide spectrum of arts-related topics.

We also support the arts through a grant giving programme. Since inaugurating in 2013, The Arts Society Hawke’s Bay has contributed more than $40,000 to local and national arts projects and causes, including many with a youth focus.

In April 2019, The Arts Society Hawke’s Bay was announced as the recipient of the inaugural Marsh Award for an International Society Committee at the AGM of The Arts Society in the UK. The award recognises our Hawke’s Bay committee’s efforts to improve systems and processes for the coordination and management of the national programme for our eight New Zealand societies. We are delighted to have won the award and its £500 cash grant.

Programme Details

There are eight lectures annually covering a diverse range of topics from architecture, design, glass, fashion, porcelain, ceramics, art and art history, sculpture and literature. The success of the Society is built on the high quality of presentations delivered by accredited specialists, all of who are approved in the UK for their proven subject matter expertise and presentation skills.

Our lecture venue is the Magdalinos Room in the Havelock North Function Centre, 30 Te Mata Road. The Centre is situated beside the Library in the centre of the village.

Light refreshments with a glass of wine or juice are provided after each lecture. Members and guests enjoy this opportunity to mingle with friends, talk with the lecturer and meet other members.

In 2019 we are also offering a Special Interest Session with Toby Faber – see our full 2019 programme for further details.

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To apply for membership please download and complete TASHB MembershipForm 2019 and post it with your payment to the Membership Secretary, PO Box 8444, Havelock North, 4157.

The annual fee is $150 per person or $280 for two people living at the same address. This covers the cost of the venue and equipment, travel and accommodation costs for the lecturer and refreshments after the lecture. As an incorporated charitable trust we are a non profit organisation.

Early Bird Special : Take advantage of a discounted subscription rate for the full year of 8 lectures – $130.00 per person for subscriptions fully paid no later than 1 February 2019

Guests are welcome to attend two lectures a year at a fee of $20 per lecture. Membership is not transferable. The fee for visiting members from other NZ Societies will be $15.  Please notify the Membership Secretary, Jan Cunningham by the Friday prior to the lecture if you are bringing a guest or to notify changes of contact details.   Phone: 027 485 9337 or Email:

2019 Lectures

Please click on the button to the right for biographies of lecturers, topic synopses and details of the optional Half Study Day.

Steven Desmond

The Artist as Gardener

Monday 18 February 2019

Dr James Grant

Medical Gold – From Ancient Egypt to the Nobel Prize

Monday 25 March 2019

Ian Swankie

Pots & Frocks – The World of Grayson Perry

Monday 6 May 2019

Hilary Williams

A Feast for the Eyes – The Frick Collection, New York

Monday 10 June 2019

Toby Faber

Special Interest Session: Fabergé’s Imperial Easter Eggs

Monday 29 July 2018 | 9.00am – 12.00pm ($30pp)

Evening Lecture: Faber & Faber – 90 Years of Excellence in Cover Design

Monday 29 July 2019 | 7.00pm

Mark Spencer

The International Legacy of Banks & Solander

Monday 2 September 2019

Ghislaine Howard

The Cuisine of Art and the Art of Cuisine

Monday 7 October 2019

Dr Susan Whitfield

Silk on the Silk Road

Monday 18 November 2019

HBDFAS Supporting the Arts

hbdfas-chairHBDFAS provides grants and donations to support and promote the arts in Hawke’s Bay. In 2017, the recipients of financial support from HBDFAS were:

Prima Volta Charitable Trust to help meet the cost of costume design of their 2017 production of the opera ‘Carmen’.

Hastings City Art Gallery to support their first Artist in Residence project. This involved the photographer Edith Amituanai and Kimiora Primary School, and resulted in the wonderful ‘Keep on Kimiora’ exhibition at the Gallery.

In previous years Hawke’s Bay DFAS has made donations to MTG Hawke’s Bay for purchases of works to include in their collection and for educational programmes and learning experiences for low decile schools, and Massey University to cover Post graduate Museum Studies course fees for a Hawke’s Bay based studentHBDFAS also made a significant contribution to the Frances Hodgkin’s Project (working in association with all the New Zealand DFAS Societies) helping fund major research and a national touring exhibition of New Zealand’s most celebrated expatriate artist Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947).

Please contact the Chair of HBDFAS for further information about the Society’s charitable grants process and criteria for giving.

Contact HBDFAS


Chair :  Jeanette Kelly /
Membership :  Jan Cunningham /
Treasurer : Deborah Renton-Green
Committee  :  Clare Gordon, Katherine Halliday, Robyn Bickford, Carol Nelson, Diane Morris, Meg Bremner, Lyn Mouat, Michal McKay (Mrs), Craig Kilgour

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