Peter Deckers: Studio Visit

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Join jewellery artist Peter Deckers for a tour of his studio and home, a handcrafted labour of love built on the slopes of Akatarawa Forest, Upper Hutt, by Peter and his wife over two decades.

Peter Decker’s is one of the artists featured in SOLO 2021, a snapshot of contemporary art practice in Te Whanganui-a-Tara right here, right now. In SOLO, Peter Deckers morphs coastal stones and minerals with costume jewellery and discarded commercial items like computer hardware. Contrasting them side by side on rotating panels, the artist blurs the line between nature and artifice to question how value is perceived.

Don’t hesitate to book, as capacity will be strictly limited. Guests will need to provide their own transport to and from the address, and comply with masking and social distancing measures.

About the Artist

Peter Deckers was born in the Netherlands, where he trained in jewellery at the Vakschool Schoonhoven (1979) and Academy of Arts in Rotterdam (1981). In 1985 he immigrated to Aotearoa New Zealand and later completed a MFA from The University of Auckland (2003). Decker’s is an influential teacher who led the jewellery programme at Te Auaha, Whitireia for 30 years. In 2011 he also founded the Handshake Project—an international mentor and exhibition programme for emerging New Zealand makers. Key exhibitions include CUSTOMISED at Pataka, Porirua (2005) and Retrospect The Dowse (2013).