HANDSHAKE 5 is a new selection of 12 artists from the previous Handshake Projects.
This one-year programme takes place during 2019 and focusses primarily on DIALOGUES and RESPONSES.
The first of the two exhibition tasks for the HS5 artists is to go in dialogue with selected artworks from CODA museum jewellery collection (Apeldoorn, the Netherlands).
The second task is to respond to the selected spaces at TE URU museum (Auckland, New Zealand).
Both projects inspire differently and require experimentation and focus.
The newly-formed HANDSHAKE 5 group came together for JEWELcamp with the briefing of the two unique exhibition projects that will happen later this year. Rosanne Bartley workshopped in her masterclass creative ways of approaching the making practice. Her feedback...read more
Blog 27, January 20th, 2019 This iteration of the HandShake project has finished and it time to think back over the past two years and what my involvement has meant. Personally the project has stimulated an added impetus to make, a renewed energy and long hours...read more
Blog 26 August 4th 2018 When did “home” become embedded in human consciousness? Is our sense of home instinctive? Are we denning animals or nest builders, or are we, at root, nomadic? For much of the earliest history of our species, home may have been nothing more...read more
Blog 25 June 25th, 2018 Some of the unresolved experiments and ideas Literally - I’m really needing to use the space between the end of the last HandShake show and the next to get on with some work long delayed by the frenetic activity of the first half of the year. ...read more
Blog 24 April 20th Arrived back from Sydney and got stuck into some gold-leafing for a show some members of Occupation: Artist are putting on for No Filter. The group decided to support the Dowse who are putting on a fantastic Symposium on April 12-13th. We...read more
Blog 23 April 12th The trip to Sydnay marked the culmination of a work that has been in progress since December 1st 2017. The R Matrix was made in response to the theme of the current Sydney Biennale, Superposition, a complex theory drawn from quantum mechanics. The...read more
Great to have Liesbeth den Besten in New Zealand again and to hear her talk about Artists as Collectors. I was especially interested in the work of one of the artists she spoke about – Hanne Darboven, a German conceptual artist who accumulated a vast collection of...read more
Blog 21 15th March Last week was busy with the installation of the show at Toi Poneke in Wellington. Gabby O’Connor played a large part in directing the alterations or perhaps interventions made to the gallery. We each ended up with a large painters dropsheet hung on...read more
Blog 20 1st March There is a tantalising thought that there is a day not so far off when I might have a day off to sleep in or just be lazy all day, but not yet – I’m thinking maybe June? Before then there are extra long days to be put in to get everything sorted for...read more
Blog 19 February 15th Pile of MDF dust Is it better to claim to be multi-tasking than to admit out loud that I’ve (again) taken on too much? I did think that the move to working with the MDF would be a quick and easy project but it has not turned out that way at...read more
At the end of the Pah Homestead show I drove up to Auckland to collect work and ended bringing a load of the planks used for display back as well. They have been sitting in my studio as no one really wants them. The contrasting colours are really attractive and have...read more
Packing at Whitereia All change seems to be the theme of late. I’ve been at Whitereia (the institute where Peter Deckers teaches Jewellery and where I studied and have been mentoring/lecturing) helping with the sorting (30 years accumulation), packing and storing. A...read more