Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery


Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

A destination gallery that operates from an award-winning, purpose-built building in the Lopdell Precinct.

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery presents a diverse program of contemporary exhibitions, events and activities to reflect the full diversity of cultural identities, interests and potential of the community.

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Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday

10am to 4.30pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day morning & Christmas Day

Entry is free

Handshake 5 in site - Titirangi - Te Uru

HANDSHAKE 5: in site

HANDSHAKE 5: in site brings together ten jewellers from across Aotearoa for an exhibition that explores the potential of jewellery in large-scale spaces. While jewellers commonly dress the body as an intimate, typically small-scale process, for this exhibition the artists work with the dynamic architectural spaces of Te Uru’s purpose-built gallery as a springboard for ideas - testing the spatial qualities of jewellery; how it interacts within its own surroundings, affects our movements through a room and involves us in contemporary dialogue.

HANDSHAKE was initiated in 2011 by artist, teacher and curator Peter Deckers as a project where emerging jewellers were given the opportunity to work alongside established practitioners for the development of ideas, techniques and exhibitions, facilitating the passing of knowledge, from one to another - mentor to mentee.

After four previous iterations, HANDSHAKE 5 gathers artists from each past HANDSHAKE project for a showcase that is independent of mentors; no longer emerging, these are now established artists. With materials spanning wood, metal, found object, video projection and virtual reality, HANDSHAKE 5: in site presents the culmination of almost ten years of learning through the HANDSHAKE programme, which has provided a platform for individual growth and a broader experience of cultural and artistic exchange.

HANDSHAKE 5: in site features artists Vivien Atkinson, Becky Bliss, Nadene Carr, Nik Hanton, Kelly McDonald, Neke Moa, Brendon Monson, Sandra Schmid, Caroline Thomas and Sarah Walker-Holt.

7 December – 16 February

Image: Vivien Atkinson, Reminding Myself to Remember, 2019. Photo by Harry Culy