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In the works presented here Alice has responded to the Aboriginal artifacts from the Northern Territory
in the Museum’s collections in the light of her own experience working with Yolngu women.

“ I love the way Aboriginal/Yolngu pieces/decorations/adornments are worn until they fall off the body.
They are not worn to make a mark or worn to last forever to hand to generations.
They are made just to be worn and when they wear off, their time is past.”


Alice Whish

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 North-eastern 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 in Gold and Silversmithing from RMIT and a Master of Higher Education from the University of New South Wales.