The HANDSHAKE project selects emerging New Zealand jewellery artists and allows them to develop ideas and artworks for a succession of exhibitions with the assistance of a chosen or appointed mentor. After two projects, a fresh selection of candidates from the previous HS projects will get new opportunities to develop work for a number of new challenges, including professional development, collaborations and national and international exhibitions. The progressive nature of the programme aims to build independent makers with an innovative and energetic practice.
The HS programme has two divisions: the first one is described above and the second focusses on industry, where industry invites to participate. Handshake work developed from the past and current projects will get another opportunity to be seen at different locations.
These curated exhibitions are not part of the existing HS programme, but are additional and evolve primarily from requests of galleries and curators. Each curated exhibition project is different with a different mix of artists, curatorial team, criteria, exhibition set up, and local circumstances. The HS organisers aim to collaborate with each of the curators, and/or gallery owners and negotiate the works for selection. HANDSHAKE “curated” exhibitions act as another promotional tool for the HS artists.
Atta Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand, 11 January–25 February 2018
Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney, 4 – 21 April 2018 (Sydney Festival of The Arts)
Pātaka Art + Museum, Toi Gallery, Porirua, 14 September– 14 October 2018