Thursday, September 25, 2014


 is the second project conceived and designed by jewellery artist and educator, Peter Deckers.

Taking place over two years, graduate jewellers are mentored and work with an inspiring "hero" of their choice.During the period of this collaborative two year project, the participants will share their learning process and progress with the public in a series of exhibitions.  

From the 2-16th September 2015 AVID Gallery is privileged to be hosting one of these exhibitions. 

Two of the Handshake2 participants, artist Amelia Pascoe and her mentor Ruudt Peters were interviewed recently on RNZ's Standing Room Only. It's a fascinating interview and well worth a listen!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Very sad to see the arts review column in the Dominion Post discontinued...

Director of The Dowse Art Musem, Courtney Johnston, had some pertinent things to say on RNZ's Nine to Noon programme last Wednesday:

and Mark Amery's article about the demise of New Zealand arts reporting in The Big Idea/Te Aria Nui is a good one to read:

Monday, September 1, 2014

PETER DECKERS @ The Museum of Art and Design New York (MAD)...

"Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography is the first museum exhibition to explore how contemporary jewelry artists transform and add new meaning to the pervasive images of this digital age.  Drawing inspiration from historic daguerreotypes to manipulated digital images, international jewelry artists explore changing views of beauty and the human body; examine social, political, and cultural issues; probe perceptions of memory and desire; and question the broader relation of jewelry to society and personal identity, issues central to the contemporary experience.
More than 80 renowned artists from over 20 countries are represented—including Gijs Bakker, Wafaa Bilal, Jordan Doner, Mari Ishikawa, Jiro Kamata, Sooyeon Kim, Iris Nieuwenburg, Kara Ross, Gabriela Sanchez, Bernhard Schobinger, Bettina Speckner, Joyce J. Scott, Kiff Slemmons, Andy Warhol and Noa Zilberman"...and AVID artist Peter Deckers.

Jewelry and Photography
Click on the links and have a look at and a read about the current exhibition at MAD!!

Ten Most Wanted Ring by Peter Deckers

Smiley Brooch (2) from Peter Deckers' Smiley series

Smiley Brooch (20) from Peter Deckers' Smiley series