Alice WhishJewellery18th Sept - 5th Oct 2013 | Stanley Street Gallery

Alice Whish

18th Sept – 5th Oct 2013

Artist Statement

These large enamel brooches were developed from the study of Margaret Anne Field’s 1860s crochet lace pattern booklets. Margaret lived in the Gulf of Carpentaria with her engineer husband and three children in the mid 1800s. She was an amateur astronomer and based her lace patterns on the stars and planets.

The process of enameling on steel reminded me of early industrial enamel on steel mugs and cookware. These decorative brooches suggest fine china on an industrial steel surface reminiscent of steel enamel mugs.

The lace designs were developed using computer drawing that opened up the possibility of refining the surface of the lace into the fine jewellery surface on the gold and silver earrings. Again reminiscent of another early industrial process and texture referred to as engine turning from the late 1800s.



Alice Whish

2000                Master of Higher Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney

1997                Master of Art, Fine Art, (research) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne

1983                Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney


Selected Exhibitions
2013                Red to Wear Stanley Street Gallery Sydney
                          Profile at Gaffa Gallery Sydney
Participate and Exchange Brisbane
Harbour Sculpture
2013               Woolwich Dock and Clarkes Point (2 sculptural works selected by Anthony Bond and Anne Graham)
2013                National Contemporary Jewellery Awards, Griffith Regional Gallery. Metalab, Sydney and Sturt Mittagong
2012                The Year was 2006, Studio 20/17, Dank Street Depot Sydney
2011-14         Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor, Artisan, Brisbane Queensland
2011-13         Joyaviva: Live Jewellery from across the Pacific, curated by Kevin Murray touring Australia, New Zealand and South America
2009-10         Bravura: 21st century Australian Craft and Design Art Gallery of South Australia curated by Robert Reason

2008                Botanicals, curated by Kylie Johnston, Object Gallery, Sydney

2007-08          Exchange, Alice Whish, Mavis Ganambarr, Rose Mamuniny, Object Gallery, Sydney

2007                Definite Style, Contemporary Jewellery on line. Kinokuniya, Victoria Galleries, Sydney

2007                50 Brooches, Craft Queensland, Brisbane.

2006                Hobart City Art Prize 2006, selected to exhibit, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS.

2005-06          Sighting the Past: four contemporary jewellers respond to the Macleay Museums Collections, Sydney.

2005-06          Transformations, the language of craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT.

2005                Place, Object Gallery and JMGA, Sydney, NSW

2004-05          Transposition, JMGA NSW / Pyrmont Studios, Sydney, NSW and Craft Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

2004-0            Melding, JMGA NSW, Visions Australia, Touring Exhibition.

2001-02          Ozgold Award Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Gold Jewellery, curated by David Walker, toured Australia.

2000                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

 Public Collections


Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT.

Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin, NT.

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS.

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW.

Private Collections, in USA, Italy and Japan