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Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World

Exhibition  /  23 Oct 2018  -  27 Oct 2018
Published: 26.09.2018

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250 years on from James Cook’s historic voyage from England to New Zealand, two cutting edge jewellery collectives embark upon their own journeys Handshake Project (NZ) and Dialogue Collective (UK) navigate around the impact of colonialism to create a bejewelled voyage like no other. ..  

Artist list

Petra Bishai, Becky Bliss, Isabelle Busnel, Nadene Carr, Sandy Connon, Sharon Fitness, Jo Garner, Velvet Hart, Victoria King, Jen Laracy, Maarit Liukkonen, Kelly McDonald, Neke Moa, Annelise Pfeiffer, Sarah Read, Caroline Thomas, Timothy Information Limited, Maud Traon, Sarah Walker Holt, Sorcha Wharf, Anet Wrobel, Rebecca Yeats, Keri-Mei Zagrobelna
Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World showcases work by twenty-two artists who specialise in using jewellery to communicate ideas. The work on display shows a diversity of materials, techniques and scale. Cultural backgrounds and migrated ancestry influence the work that each artist makes on their own voyage. An openness to new ideas provides a rich backdrop for tackling current issues in ways that are experimental and striking. Handshake Project (HS) and Dialogue collective (DC) wrestle with topics that range from identity to isolation and from heritage to hedonism.

This, the second collaboration between HS and DC, is an inspiring example of the cultivation of international relationships. Both collectives are renowned for their support and mentoring of jewellery artists, as well as their inventive exhibition ideas. This 2018 partnership Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World is just as ambitious.

In their previous project It will all come out in the wash, HS and DC considered their similarities and differences. Using the analogy of a communal washing line, objects were hung out to air. Everything was on view. Finally face-to-face the neighbours came together to produce work that shared their daily lives. Once again ideas collide to produce an interactive, engaging and intriguing show.

Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever changing world opens with a celebration of cross-cultural relations including a traditional Maori ceremony and guest speaker, renowned art historian Liesbeth Den Besten on Tuesday 23rd October.

About Handshake Project:
HANDSHAKE is a mentoring exhibition and development package unique to the contemporary art world. It is a space where established artists handover 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 and the professional development is transformed for various quality exhibitions and collaboration projects and reported back via their blog: The project began in February 2011, founded by Peter Deckers. The idea was born out of recognition of the need for ongoing support for talented New Zealand artists after completing their jewellery/art study.

About Dialogue Collective:
It was formed in 2001 by a London-based group of artists with a background in jewellery and silversmithing. The Collective has since presented twenty-one events and in 2016 DC was selected by Art Jewelry Forum as one of the ten best presentations at Munich Jewellery Week.
A changing group of artists participate in each event, together with invited guests, all of who have a connection to London Metropolitan University aka The Cass.
The DC remit is to instigate different and interesting ways to create and show jewellery and silversmithing through collaborative making and discussion. Transforming negatives into positives DC aims to further develop ways of bringing contemporary jewellery and objects to a wider audience.

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Tuesday, 23rd of October 23, 18.00 – 21.00
Opening Event with Maori Ceremony plus guest speaker Liesbeth Den Besten.
Wednesday, 24th of October, 17.00 – 19.00
Guest speakers followed by an informal discussion in a welcoming pub.
Thursday, 25th of October 
Film installation by students from K2 Academy.
Saturday, 27th of October, 18.00 – 21.00
Closing event with punk jewellery band Scrotum Clamp.

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Opening Event Tuesday 23th of September, 18:00 - 21:00 h.
Closing Event Saturday 27th of September, 18:00 - 21:00 h.
Sharon Fitness. Video Installation: Finding Jewelleryness, 2018. Plastic, Found Object, Textile. 4:24 video loop. Photo by: Sharon Fitness. View the full video: Sharon Fitness
Video Installation: Finding Jewelleryness, 2018
Plastic, Found Object, Textile
4:24 video loop
Photo by: Sharon Fitness

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Timothy Information Ltd. Brooch: I AM JEWELLERY, 2018. Traffolyte, jelutong, brass, stainless steel.. 7.5 x 7.5 x 1 cm. Photo by: Ruth Martin. Timothy Information Ltd
Brooch: I AM JEWELLERY, 2018
Traffolyte, jelutong, brass, stainless steel.
7.5 x 7.5 x 1 cm
Photo by: Ruth Martin
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