British Academy of Jewellery.
Goldmuseum Taipei - Metal Crafts Competition 2018.

Handshake 3

Exhibition  /  17 Sep 2016  -  15 Oct 2016
Published: 15.09.2016
Collaboration work by Sarah Read and Liesbeth den Besten, featured work from Peter Bauhuis, Parts from the Gallium Hoard from Obertraun (2011). Photo Kelly McDonald.
Collaboration work by Sarah Read and Liesbeth den Besten, featured work from Peter Bauhuis, Parts from the Gallium Hoard from Obertraun (2011). Photo Kelly McDonald

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Handshake is a mentoring project unique to the contemporary art world. It is a space where established artists hand-over some of their quality knowledge to those asking for a ‘hand’ and is a two-way project that encourages symbiosis and a ‘give and take’. The accumulative ‘knowledge‘ gained from the feedback relationship is transformed for various quality exhibitions and collaboration projects.

Artist list

Debbie Adamson, Renee Bevan, Becky Bliss, Nadene Carr, Sharon Fitness, Kelly McDonald, Neke Moa, Amelia Pascoe, Sarah Read, Sarah Walker-Holt, Raewyn Walsh, Kathryn Yeats
The project began in February 2011, is the brainchild of Wellington based artist, curator and tutor Peter Deckers. The idea was born out of recognition of the need for ongoing support for talented New Zealand graduates after completing their jewellery/art study. Handshake reverses the old ‘apprentice’ model, whereby a mentee works for a mentor – here the mentor works more for the mentee through their feedback and support in the development of ideas and exhibition work.

The first iteration of the project, HandShake1, began when twelve jewellery graduates from New Zealand were given the opportunity to make work alongside their jewellery heroes from around the globe, without having to leave their own workshops. Peter approached these distinguished, internationally established artist and icons, offering them the opportunity to act as mentors in a collaborative two-year project. The result? A lively blog, touring exhibitions, an exceptional learning experience as well as a series of catalogues and a book.

HandShake2 took the project even further with an open call, a fresh development programme which included a JEWELcamp, a masterclass with Benjamin Lignel and an exhibition programme that enabled more relationships to form, practices to develop and ideas to refine as testing grounds for feedback and further development.
The third iteration of HandShake was established from former members of HandShake1 and HandShake2 projects with exciting new challenges that includes development programmes, collaboration projects and a series of national and international exhibitions in established premises.

HandShake takes advantage of new technologies: Skype, Blogs, FaceTime that enable the mentees to develop and refine their practice alongside their mentors in a virtual studio space. A significant part of the project is that the mentee records their process via the HandShake blogs for others to view and learn from. Through their individual blog pages, the mentees present the fabric of their ideas, demonstrate the processes of their research, design and making, self-reflections, their search for deep philosophical connections, explored possibilities, and edits of the solutions. It also includes why mentees choose their mentor, summaries the advice and feedback, shows extracts from mentor publications, press reviews and interviews, all making for a rich reading.


Friday 16th of September 17.00  at Konstfack, there will be a lecture by Liesbeth den Besten followed by project presentation by Peter Deckers and artist talks. The lecture is arranged by Konstfack, Ädellab/CRAFT. More informations here.


Saturday 17th of September, 15-19h
Debbie Adamson. Brooch: Accumulation brooces, 2016. Plastic, copper, steel. Photo by: Debbie Adamson. Debbie Adamson
Brooch: Accumulation brooces, 2016
Plastic, copper, steel
Photo by: Debbie Adamson
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Becky Bliss. Necklace: Out of the shadows, 2016. Oxidised copper, paint. Photo by: Becky Bliss. Becky Bliss
Necklace: Out of the shadows, 2016
Oxidised copper, paint
Photo by: Becky Bliss
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Amelia Pascoe. Necklace: Made from shadow of No.13, 2016. Aluminium, paint, sterling silver. Photo by: Amelia Pascoe. Amelia Pascoe
Necklace: Made from shadow of No.13, 2016
Aluminium, paint, sterling silver
Photo by: Amelia Pascoe
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Kelly McDonald. Ring: The Evolutionary Pinch, 2016. Steel & sterling silver & Britannia Pewter. Photo by: Kelly McDonald. Kelly McDonald
Ring: The Evolutionary Pinch, 2016
Steel & sterling silver & Britannia Pewter
Photo by: Kelly McDonald
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