The HANDSHAKE1 project began in February 2011, and was ongoing until 2013, with exhibitions in NZ and beyond. HS1 had two stages: the first was to develop ideas and work with the feedback of their mentor for a series of exhibitions and in the second stage the mentor became their collaborator for the Objectspace exhibition, Auckland.

HS1 was the pilot for the HANDSHAKE project as we know it. Early 2010 Peter Deckers was asked by Studio 20/17 gallery,  Sydney to curate an emerging NZ jewellery exhibition that opened in the last quarter of 2011.  There was ample time to build upon ideas and making developments – but how to manage that on a professional level?

Graduates from NZ jewellery educations experience a rough ride after they finish their art studies.  The informed feedback stops and often is replaced by the feedback of friends and family. The three years of study is in most cases not enough for the development of a solid art practice. Peter has seen talented graduates using their creative skills solely to overcome daily live pressures and chores. The HS thought is to give these talented graduates numerous professional opportunities that overcome this by providing a supportive, like-minded mentor and an exhibition programme that allows experimentation and safety.

The newly developed HS1 programme made possible that under the protective HS umbrella experimental work can be developed for a series of national and international exhibitions. This allows the HS1 artists opportunities that tap into a wider international market.

The 2 staged model worked so well and attracted funding to fine-tune and continue with the other HS projects.

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Handshake at Objectspace in pictures

The final Handshake show at Objectspace in images….

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Objectspace Handshake catalog

To view the wonderful catalog that Objectspace produced with the Handshake show, click this link:

HANDSHAKE OS folder with statements


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HANDSHAKE at Objectspace, Auckland, NZ

The final exhibition of the 3 year HANDSHAKE project is a collaboration between the Handshake mentee and their mentor, at Objectspace 15 June 2013 – 20 July 2013.

Each artist pair made-up their own rules and many did not play it save .

See how they all shook it up…….

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Handshake on Arts on Sunday RadioNZ

Have a listen here:

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Handshake at Schmuck

The Handshake show at the 2013 Handwerksmesse was a fantastic success.  We were very privileged to have ten Mentees, seven Mentors and Handshake organisers Peter and Hilda in Munich this March and a great time was had by all. Thanks so much to Creative New Zealand and all our supporters in the Handshake Raffle and Pledge Me campaigns for helping us to get there. We really appreciate it!

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Handwerk & Design:

06 – 12 March – exhibition of the Handshake project – Halle B1, stand 939

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The Very Official Handshake Raffle Draw with Alan Preston and The Geeks

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Thank you so much to all our supporters who bought a raffle ticket.  The raffle draw was conducted by Super New Zealand Jeweller Alan Preston, closely supervised by The Geeks and Sharon & Joey’s cat Scooter.  After a flurry of checking and cross checking ticket numbers, the organising crew was gathered and the raffle was finally ready.

Sharon Fitness dutifully presented the pot holding the names of the makers and the shoe box held the lucky ticket numbers.  We had all done the math and were counting on our 1 in 97.5 chance per ticket of winning a wonderful prize!

Alan  had the room in stitches when he took the roll of raffle picker to a new level of performance art.  Never were two prizes drawn in the same manner. There was drama, spinning and suspenseful pauses – Alan concealed the picks from the audience until we squirmed with anticipation and shouted for more!!!

Congratulations to all our winners!

Ticket Number/Handshaker Prize in the order they were chosen:

0007/Kristin, 1910/Gillian, 1843/Lynsay (Right), 0970/Jhana, 0888/Jessica, 1366/Karl, 0922/Becky, 0952/Neke, 1551/Sharon, 0308/Lynsay (Left), 0260/Debbie, 1401/Peter, 1334/Sarah, 1482/Nadene

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Handshake Raffle

The handshake raffle kicks off today.

Fourteen wonderful jewelleries are up for grabs at only NZ$5 per ticket.  Email handshakejewellery(at) to get your ticket now.  We can accept paypal, bank transfer and old fashioned cash payments.

We are raising funds to take this show on the road to Schmuck and create a fabulous publication.  Thank you for supporting this worthy cause with full enthusiasm!

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Handshake @ The National

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Handshake @ The National, Christchurch

Join us on 24 August @ The National in Christchurch

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Handshake @ Toi Poneke Photos

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