Makers 101

Published: 18.03.2021
Makers 101.
Upper Hutt
5140 -  Wellington
Peter Deckers

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MAKERS 101 organises educational programmes and other opportunities for the NZ jewellery sector. Their primary focus is the organisation of the HANDSHAKE PROJECT. 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.
Statement organisation’s history and philosophy (clear & concise)
The HANDSHAKE project supports emerging New Zealand jewellery artists, allowing them to develop ideas and artworks for a succession of exhibitions with the assistance of a chosen mentor. The HANDSHAKE recipients are presented with additional opportunities to develop their practices through a number of challenges, including masterclasses, collaborations and network opportunities with both national and international exposure. The progressive nature of the programme aims to develop independent makers with an innovative and energetic practice.

With so many good makers around the globe, and technology that allows instant access to everyone and everything they do, we now have the benefit of choice … For the first time in history, the continuing ‘student’ is not prey to the random local educationalists, but is connected with somebody within electronic reach, who has similar or complementary interests and shares their love for object-making.

Outline objectives/goals of Handshake and Makers101
MAKERS 101 goal is to generate and organise creative opportunities for artists. 
HANDSHAKE is a mentoring and exhibition project unique to the contemporary art world. It is a space where international renowned 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’.
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. Each project with its progressive exhibition programme is recorded and reflected on the HANDSHAKE Project website ( All blog posts, documented exhibitions, publications and catalogues can be found on the website.

The ultimate goal of the Handshake Project is to create independent leaders beyond dependency.
MAKERS and HANDSHAKE could only succeed thanks to the continued funding of Creative New Zealand, support of Whitireia NZ, Makers 101, JEMbooks and all others involved.

Peter Deckers, Creative director.

Hilda Gascard, Project manager.

Events      View / hide events

Exhibition  26 Mar 2021 - 17 Apr 2021  CHAINreaction, Handshakes at the Refinery.
Exhibition  31 Oct 2020 - 13 Nov 2020  Handshake 6: Signing In.
Exhibition  01 Oct 2020 - 23 Oct 2020  Handshake: The Conventional Reformed.
Exhibition  08 Jul 2020 - 01 Aug 2020  Handshake in Hamilton.
Exhibition  07 Dec 2019 - 16 Feb 2020  Handshake 5: In Site.
Meeting  07 Dec 2019 - 07 Dec 2019  Handshake 5: Artists' Walk & Talk.
Exhibition  13 Oct 2019 - 12 Jan 2020  Handshake 5.
Exhibition  23 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018  Te Ao Hurihuri: Ever Changing World.
Exhibition  14 Sep 2018 - 14 Oct 2018  JEWELdisplayJEWEL.
Exhibition  09 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018  Process by Handshake4.
Exhibition  11 Jan 2018 - 25 Feb 2018  CHAINreaction. New Zealand jewellers from the HANDSHAKE project.
Exhibition  05 Aug 2017 - 03 Dec 2017  Handshake 3 at The Dowse Art Museum.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  HANDSHAKE 3. Concept and Conception at the Frame Galleries.
Exhibition  17 Sep 2016 - 15 Oct 2016  Handshake 3.
Exhibition  25 Feb 2016 - 27 Feb 2016  SPECIALS, a HandShake Alumni exhibition.
Exhibition  15 Jun 2013 - 20 Jul 2013  HANDSHAKE project.
Fair  06 Mar 2013 - 12 Mar 2013  Schmuck 2013.
Exhibition  09 Aug 2011 - 19 Feb 2012  HandSHAKE – Prentice and prodigy.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  Contemporary Jewellery in Context: a Handshake Blueprint. Deckers, PeterArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2017