Date & time
Opening Thu 17:00 – 20:00
Fri- Sun 12:00-19:00
HANDSHAKE: Debbie Adamson, Becky Bliss, Renee Bevan, Nadene Carr, Sharon Fitness, Kelly McDonald, Neke Moa, Sarah Read, Sarah Walker Holt, Kathryn Yeats
Dialogue Collective: Petra Bishai, Isabelle Busnel, Ellie Corp, Velvet Hart, Emmeline Hastings, Victoria King, Timothy Information Limited, Maarit Liukkonen, Darja Nikitina, Natsuki Sawai, Maud Traon, Sorcha Wharf, Anet Wrobel
HANDSHAKE and Dialogue Collective have been getting to know each other in unusual ways. Over the course of one year the groups have been setting each other a series of ‘mini challenges’ through direct exchanges of everyday information. The collaboration brings together two groups of jewellers from opposite ends of the globe. Through exchanging images and thoughts recorded at set times of the day, the participants began to share their daily lives in different places. From bucolic scenes of New Zealand to the cityscapes of London. Can modern communication overcome the distance and bring the groups together? Are online conversations as clear-cut as in real life (IRL) discussions?
This social collaboration becomes jewellery as the two groups display their work together under one roof. A communal washing line is strung up between the two sides. The work is hung out to air. Everything is on view. Finally face-to-face the neighbours come together. Can they iron out the differences? Whatever happens it will all come out in the wash.
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: handshakeproject.com.
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.
Dialogue Collective was formed by a London-based group of artists with a background in jewellery and silversmithing. The Collective has presented nineteen events to date. 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. Their remit is to develop different and interesting ways to create and show jewellery and silversmithing through collaborative making and discussion. They aim to develop ways of bringing contemporary jewellery and objects to a wider audience.