collaboration with Dialogue Collective
Te Ao Hurihuri – Ever Changing World
Journeys through jewellery from New Zealand and the UK
Eight artists from Handshake 3 and three from Handshake 4 collaborate with London based “Dialogue Collective” during the Oceania 2018 event at the Crypt gallery: 23 – 27 October 2018
In October 2018, as part of the events marking the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, two groups of artists from opposite sides of the world met to exhibit their works in collaboration at The Crypt Gallery in London. Artist group and ‘home’ team – Dialogue Collective – and ‘away’ team– HANDSHAKE– were mooring their creative boats side-by-side in The Crypt to discuss responses to ‘journeys’. These journeys are personal to the artists and include some thorny historical ones, like issues of cultural identity & appropriation, colonial legacy & guilt, land ownership & theft.
Both sides acknowledged the importance of objects as active tools for communication and each crew member explored their individual responses to themes such as voyaging, discovery, mapping, identity, navigation, baggage, trade, gifting, adornment, artifact, survival, own perspectives, and natural resources.
Both artist groups explored their differences, prejudices, grudges, and similarities in an open and welcoming collaborative environment. The outcome of this significant cultural exchange anticipated being one of mutual learning, understanding, and enlightenment with both parties moving forward whilst holding hands.
Opening Speech and overviews
HANDSHAKE: Becky Bliss, Sarah Read, Sarah Walker-Holt, Kelly McDonald, Neke Moa, Kathryn Yeats, Sharon Fitness, Nadene Carr, Caroline Thomas, Jennifer Laracy, Keri-Mei Zagrobelna
DIALOGUE COLLECTIVE: Petra Bishai, Isabelle Busnel, Jo Garner, Velvet Hart, Victoria King, Timothy Information Limited, Maarit Liukkonen, Annelise Pfeiffer, Maud Traon, Sorcha Wharf, Anet Wrobel
Dukes Road, Entrance off Euston Road
London NW1 2BA
Show runs 23 – 27 October 2018
12:00 – 19:00
Opening Event Tuesday 23 18:00 – 21:00
Closing Event Saturday 27 18:00 – 21″00
Tuesday 23, 18:00 – 21:00 Opening Event with Maori Ceremony plus
guest speaker Liesbeth Den Besten.
Wednesday 24, 17:00 – 19:00 Guest speakers followed by informal
discussion in a welcoming pub.
Thursday 25, Film installation by students from K2 Academy.
Saturday 27, 18:00 – 21:00 Closing event with punk jewellery band
For full events listing visit Facebook www.facebook.com/dialoguecollective
Artists’ exhibition brief – Voyage/Journey
The 22 artists seek to document a journey of their own inception, which can be physical or imagined, existing in the past, present or future, or in another universe entirely.
Keywords voyaging, encounters, history and identity.
Contextualising the work through the display and the artwork –
• create a single or group of artefacts, objects and/or jewellery that are a response to, or are ‘found’, on the artist created voyage
• a route/map or the equivalent of the artist journey
• supporting documentation that may include a diary, letters, photo journal, video, found objects/materials, etc.