Alice Whish

About Alice Whish

Lives and works in Sydney, New South Wales.

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

2007 confirmed   Exchange, Alice Whish, Mavis Ganambarr, Rose Mamuniny, Object Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2007 confirmed Body wear: Alice Whish, Mavis Ganambarr, Rose Mamuniny New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW.
2006 Hobart City Art Prize 2006, selected to exhibit, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS.
2005-2006 Sighting the Past: four contemporary jewellers respond to the Macleay Museums Collections, Sydney University, Sydney.
2005-2006 Transformations, the language of craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT.
2005 Place, Object Gallery and JMGA, NSW, Sydney
2005 Transposition, Craft Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
2004-2006 Katherine Kalaf Gallery, Perth, WA.
2004 Transposition, JMGA NSW / Pyrmont Studios, Sydney, NSW.
2004-2005 Melding, JMGA NSW, Visions Australia, Touring Exhibition.
2003 Soap Box, Pyrmont Studios, Sydney, NSW.
2001-2002 Ozgold Award Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Gold Jewellery, curated by David Walker, toured Australia.
2001 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.
2000 Lost in Space: art and technology, (NGA) National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT.
1999 Shifting Currents, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1998-2000 Australian Jewellery and Objects Today, curated by Dorothy Erikson. Gallery Tiller, Vienna, Austria, then toured Europe.
1998 National Craft Acquisition Selected Exhibition. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
1997-1999 Contemporary Wearables 97 Award Exhibition. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD. Toured Australia.
1997-1998 Maker’s Mark 20 year retrospective, Invitation exhibition, Melbourne, VIC, and Adelaide, SA.
1997-1999 Circles About the Body, curated by Doreen Melor and Ray Norman. Toured regional galleries around Australia.
1997 Australian Jewellery Designers in Japan, Australian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan and toured Japan.
1993-1994 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.
1989-1991 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.

Exhibitions solo

1999 Inland Celestial Memories, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW, Australia.
1997 Celestial Moments and Memories, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
1997 Celestial Moments and  Memories, Brisbane City Gallery, City Hall, Brisbane, Australia.
1997 MA-Show, Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.
1991 Alice Whish at the Pyramid, Southland Museum, Invercargill, New Zealand.
1989 Blue Skies Over Neptune, Noko, The Australian Jewellery Designers Gallery, Sydney.



All images and copy © 2006 Alice Whish

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