HANDSHAKE

Jewellery  -Development  -Mentoring  Exhibition  Project

Handshake

Jewellery  -Development  -Mentoring  -Exhibition   Project

Handshake

Jewellery  -Development  -Mentoring  –Exhibition  Project

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Where I’m at

At the end of 2017 I left Wellington for a two-year stay in the UK. And the news is true; Britain is in crisis. A decade of austerity has cut health, education and social services beyond the bone. Since the decision to leave the European Community, uncertainty...

A selective brief history of children’s toys #1

Most anthropologists seem to agree that children’s toys have always had an educational element to them. The education is usually gender specific (no surprise here) – weapons and tools for the boys and dolls and cooking implements for the girls, whatever era we’re...

Making a start

THE YEAR THAT IS HS5: Handshake5 comprises a masterclass with Roseanne Bartley and a series of coaching sessions with Roseanne, Vernon Bowden, James Anderson and Sian van Dyk, all to support the making of work for two exhibitions occurring later this year. The first,...

First Steps: Te Uru visit

For Te Uru Waitakere we're each to make work that responds to the gallery itself.  I visited the building to scope out the spaces where we might be showing. The gallery is emphatically NOT a white cube. Behind the copper frontage are mezzanines, voids and vistas (both...

First Steps: CODA pairings

For CODA we're each to make a body of work that dialogues with three pieces in the museum collection. My conversation partners are two very different artists; Lam de Wolf (who creates process-based works, often interactive projects) and Reka Fekete (a maker of...

Mind the gap

The starting point of the work I am going to make for Te Uru is Billy Apple's The Cut Away. To quote from Te Uru's website, 'This is part of an ongoing series, started in the 1970s, in which Apple has critiqued the ways that exhibition spaces function. In doing so, he...

Pendent opera interrupta

A month ago I started a new job. For four weeks I have been in full-time training which has meant that any progress on my Handshake work has been unwillingly short-changed. For four weeks I have been coming home during the week and slumping on the sofa. staring...

Strangling space

When a collection of works is in response to a gallery space the volume and shape of the space can (potentially) over-ride/rule the works, if we let it. What if we "strangled the space" and bent it to our will rather than being beholden to it? The space becomes no...

“Zig-Zag”

My personality is one that thrives on order. While not a precise person by nature I do like things to be "tidy". There's something about a zig-zag that fits perfectly with my desire for order and my inability to subscribe to strict precision. Terhi Tolvanen has...

We have come to the end.

Two years have passed and handshake4 has come to an end. It has been a great two years full of interesting people, exhibitions and workshops. The mentorship program is definitely a valuable part of the handshake project. I would say that the relationship I build with...

ABOUT US

HANDSHAKE is a unique mentoring program in the art world, in which established artists spread their knowledge to less experienced artists. The “knowledge” accumulated in exchange of the relationship based on feedback is implemented in exhibitions and joint projects.

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