Contemporary jewellery goes under the hammer at Handshake Auction 2018

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The much-loved tradition of contemporary jewellery auctions helmed by the inimitable Kim Hill returns this Saturday 14 April in The Bar at Te Auaha with the Handshake Auction 2018. Created by Whitireia jewellery tutor Peter Deckers,  and now in its fourth iteration, the Handshake Project is a mentoring programme that pairs emerging jewellers from Whitireia and elsewhere in New Zealand with established national and international  practitioners.

Handshake Auction 2018 will raise funds to support some of New Zealand’s Handshake jewellers as they travel to London in October to show their work in a collaboration with England-based Dialogue Collective. Housed in London’s Crypt Gallery, the collaboration will be a satellite show to the Royal Academy of Art's exhibition Oceania,  which will feature around 200 historic and contemporary work from the Pacific region, including the monumental 'in Pursuit of Venus [infected]' by Lisa Reihana.

Whitireia tutors and graduates, as well as luminaries from across the international jewellery community, have contributed works to be auctioned. Pieces by Whitireia tutors Kelly McDonald, Matthew McIntyre Wilson and Peter Deckers sit alongside those of graduates Becky Bliss, Jennifer Laracy, Neke Moa, Kathryn Yeats, Amelia Pascoe, Nadine Smith, Frances Stachl, Caroline Thomas and Keri-Mei Zagrobelna.

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Frances Stachl: Familiar, Grinnin in your face (Ring, 2017). Oxidised sterling silver, citrine, labrodorite.

Donations by other jewellers from New Zealand and beyond have come care of Fran Allison, Peter Bauhuis, Macarena Bernal, Sandy Connon, Mary Curtis, Judy Darragh, Fabrizio Tridenti, Terence Turner, Sarah Walker-Holt, Raewyn Walsh,  Sharon Fitness, Mandy Flood, Marama Shell Craft Fiji, Nanna Melland, Shelley Norton and Yuka Oyama.

Handshake Auction 2018
Saturday 14 April, 4pm

The Bar, Level 1, Te Auaha, 65 Dixon Street, Wellington
Bar opens at 3pm with the auction starting at 4pm

Otto Künzli Lecture

Prior to the auction, catch Jewellery Zoo – Born to be Worn or Lost in Showcases? –  a lecture by Swiss contemporary jeweller Otto Künzli in the Te Auaha Cinema on Level 1 at 1:30pm. He will speak on projects he undertook with students while the director of the jewellery department at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich from 1991 to 2014. This prestigious school has produced some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary jewellers, including Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch of New Zealand. Künzli’s minimalist, yet meticulously crafted, work references cultural phenomena, utilising the power of metaphor and iconography with wit and sophistication.

Otto Künzli previously visited New Zealand in 2003 in a trip supported by Whitireia and the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes New Zealand.

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Otto Künzli 

Otto Künzli Lecture: Jewellery Zoo – Born to be Worn or Lost in Showcases? 
Saturday 14 April, 1:30pm

Te Auaha Cinema, Level 1, Te Auaha, 65 Dixon Street, Wellington


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The Handshake auction will conclude No Filter, a week-long jewellery event happening at various locations across Wellington and Lower Hutt. Designed to coincide with The Dowse Art Museum's symposium Unpacking the Language of Things (12 and 13 April), it consists of exhibitions and workshops by a multitude of artists at seventeen sites including Te Papa, City Gallery, the Dowse Art Museum, and the recently opened Te Auaha Gallery.

Amongst the panoply of artists are a healthy number of Whitireia graduates and tutors, as well as frequent visitors to the jewellery programme. There's graduate Nik Hanton (whose Hataitai hallway can be visited in order to see works from fellow alumni Caroline Thomas, Fran Carter, Jennifer Laracy, Keri-Mei Zagrobelna, Sam Kelly, Sandra Schmid and Vivien Atkinson). Keri-Mei Zagrobelna is also joined by another graduate, Vaune Mason, and other artists showing at Kura Gallery; Frances Stachl and Sandra Schmid are at AVID Gallery; Nadine Smith, Vivien Atkinson, Caroline Thomas and Sarah Jane Read are at the Workshop Framing Shop with the Midas Touch; Nina van Duijnhoven is at World with Cinders; Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Amelia Pascoe and Moniek Schrijer are some of the artists exhibiting at Bowen Street Gallery; and Whitireia tutor Kelly McDonald is showing in The See Here.

If it's more hands-on you want, then Lindsay Park is running a DIY flower jewellery workshop on the corner of Owen and Constable streets in Newtown, while Kristelle Plimer is taking the lead with creative sockery in the Grand Hall, Public Trust Building.

Download the No Filter map from Occupation Artist (128KB PDF).

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