A group tasked with making up a funding shortfall for New Plymouth's Len Lye Centre has so far raised $300,000 towards the effort.
And it is hoping to find another $5000 later this month by raising a whisky or two to the controversial artist.
The Len Lye Centre Trust was established in February 2012 to help raise money for the centre.
Trustee Cathy Thurston said $8.9 million had already been secured towards the project, leaving about $2.6m to be raised.
The group has organised a number of activities, including the Lasting Legacy initiative which raised $170,000 in donations.
Now the trust has now organised a whisky tasting evening for October 30.
The evening, hosted by Christchurch-based whisky connoisseur Michael Fraser-Milne, invites attendees to sample a variety of fine whiskies, along with Scottish food. A live auction will also be part of the festivities.
Trust chairman Kinsley Sampson estimated about $5000 would be raised.
"There are a continuing series of fun events planned with a dual purpose - to raise money and to create enthusiasm for the project," Mr Sampson said.
Len Lye Committee chairman Lance Girling-Butcher said fundraising for the centre would be a long and slow process, but he remained confident.
"We've got a great team working on it and we are really working hard," he said.
Mr Sampson said he was heartened by the support he had received around the district for what he and other trust members considered to be an internationally significant building.
"The animosity is not as deep-rooted and extensive as people think," said Mr Sampson, who met Len Lye in 1977, when the artist visited the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
The trust intended to hold about three events each year, he said.
There are 70 places available for The Spirit of Len Whisky Tasting, with tickets costing $120 each. To date about 35 tickets had already been sold.
Deena Coster is a Witt journalism student
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