Auction for lift

Tuesday, 1st August, 2017

Derrick Lindh with some of the items already donated for the auction, including an authentic Pro Hart print. Derrick Lindh with some of the items already donated for the auction, including an authentic Pro Hart print.

By Kara de Groot

A local artist is organising an art auction to help raise money to install an elevator in the Silver City Cinema.

The idea for an elevator for the cinema started with uni student Sam Norman, who wanted to give back to cinema owner John Wren and also provide easier access for the city’s elderly and disabled movie-goers.

Derrick Lindh is organising the auction, and said he’s already got 40 pieces donated, but he’s looking for more.

“I’m donating a couple of my own paintings as well, and I’ve got lots more promised,” Mr Lindh said.

“John Dynon at Silverton is going to do a special piece just for the auction, the amount of interest in what’s happening is unbelievable,” he said.

“I’ve been to the art galleries of Broken Hill and I want to give them a big thank you because not one of them has said no, there’s been no hesitation.”

Some big local names will be up for auction, including Pro Hart, Bushy White and John Dynon, as well as other local artists.

Mr Lindh said anyone with paintings stored away is welcome to donate them to the auction, and any local artists are encouraged to bring their work too.

He’s hoping to raise at least $5,000 with the auction, with all of that money going towards the elevator.

“Anyone can donate a painting even if they think it’s not worth anything, if ten people give me $50 paintings, that’s $500 right there,” Mr Lindh said.

“John Wren has done so much for Broken Hill, everyone knows John and what he does, and this is my way of saying thank you,” he said.

“Everyone should come along and have a bid, there’ll be some smaller less expensive paintings as well as the big name pieces which can be up to $700.”

On Friday Mr Lindh will be putting up a display of some of the art already donated in the Silver City Cinema foyer, to give an idea of what’s available and to make sure cinema-goers know the auction is happening.

The auction will take place from 2pm on Saturday, August 19 in the Silver City Cinema.

Anyone who’d like to donate art to the auction can contact Derrick on 0427 544 166 or at derricklindg@yahoo.com. Artworks can also be dropped off with John Wren at the cinema.

WHAT: Charity Art Auction

WHEN: Saturday August 19, 2pm

WHERE: Silver City Cinema