Alice Whish is an established and respected jeweller. In addition to being a maker of delicate and intricate works, she is involved in a number of community art projects. Currently, she is working with women from Northeastern Arnhem Land to raise the profile of Aboriginal women’s craft and their shell and seed necklaces, through exhibitions, exchanges and conferences.
She has presented solo exhibitions throughout Australia and New Zealand and has been an active participant in group exhibitions, nationally and internationally since 1984. Exhibitions include, Transformations: the language of craft, National Gallery of Australia, and Sighting the Past, Macleay Museum, Sydney University in 2005–2006, She has been selected to exhibit in the City of Hobart Art Prize 2006. Alice has work in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
Alice holds a Bachelor of Visual Art from Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University, a Master of Art, Fine Art in Gold and Silversmithing from RMIT and a Master of Higher Education from the University of New South Wales.
Selected Group Exhibitions
Exchange, Alice Whish, Mavis Ganambarr, Rose Mamuniny, Object Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Body wear: Alice Whish, Mavis Ganambarr, Rose Mamuniny New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW.
Hobart City Art Prize 2006, selected to exhibit, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS.
Sighting the Past: four contemporary jewellers respond to the Macleay Museums Collections, Sydney University, Sydney.
Transformations, the language of craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT.
Ozgold Award Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Gold Jewellery, curated by David Walker, toured Australia.
Ways of Working, Metal elements of six countries: Japan, Korea, Australia, Germany, USA and Italy. Exhibited at the Setagaya Arts Centre Tokyo and the International Design Centre Nagoya, Japan.
Lost in Space: art and technology, (NGA) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT.
Shifting Currents, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Australian Jewellery and Objects Today, curated by Dorothy Erikson. Gallery Tiller, Vienna, Austria, then toured Europe.
National Craft Acquisition Selected Exhibition. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Contemporary Wearables 97 Award Exhibition. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD. Toured Australia.
Maker’s Mark 20 year retrospective, Invitation exhibition, Melbourne, VIC, and Adelaide, SA.
Circles About the Body, curated by Doreen Melor and Ray Norman. Toured regional galleries around Australia.
Australian Jewellery Designers in Japan, Australian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan and toured Japan.
The Art of Adornment, curated by Glenda King, a joint project of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travelled to Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, Mitsubishi – Jisho ARTIU, Fukuoka, Japan, Laforet Museum Espace, Tokyo, Japan, Shinsegae Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea and National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia. Also seen at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS.
Australian Fashion: The Contemporary Art, curated by Jane de Teliga, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, NSW. Travelled to The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. NSW, Marimura Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan and Shinsegae Department Store, Seoul, Korea.
Inland Celestial Memories, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW, Australia.
Celestial Moments and Memories, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
Celestial Moments and Memories, Brisbane City Gallery, City Hall, Brisbane, Australia.