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.


Opening Hours


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