Aphra Cheesman - contemporary jewellery and objects

Aphra is a Melbourne based artist, from New Zealand. Her process is both playful and observant. She is interested in the in-between moments of daily life and she is continually looking for objects, materials and things in her everyday that she finds odd, beautiful, humorous, or simply appealing. This begins the process of translating her observations into further research, and making work. 

In 2018 she completed her Bachelor of Fine Art (Gold and Silversmithing) at RMIT. Aphra was selected as a finalist for Fresh! Graduate showcase at craft Victoria and the Marzee International Graduate Show in 2019. 

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Education

2020                   BA (Fine Art Honours) Gold and Silversmithing, RMIT,                                        Melbourne, Australia.

2016 - 2018         BA (Fine Art) Gold and Silversmithing, RMIT, Melbourne,                                   Australia.

2014 - 2016         Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object based                                        design Melbourne Polytechnic,  Melbourne, Australia.

Exhibitions

2021      Selected for Talente 2021, Munich, Germany. 

2020     National Contemporary Jewellery Awards, Griffith Regional Art                    Gallery, Griffith, Australia. 

2020     Signing In, Handshake 6, Te Auaha, Wellington, New Zealand. 

2020     Handshake 6, Weasel Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand. 

2020     Inaugural Exhibition, INTRO Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  

2019      O, Temp Contemp Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 

2019      Victorian Craft Awards, Craft Vitoria, Melbourne, Australia.

2019      Profile 19’, Australian Design Centre, Sydney, Australia. 

2019      Consequences, for Radiant Pavilion, Brunswick Street Gallery,                      Melbourne, Australia. 

2019      Marzee Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The                                Netherlands. 

2019      Make or Break, Brunsiwck Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

2019      Fresh! Graduate Exhibition, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. 

2018      RMIT BA (Fine Art) Graduate Exhibition, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. 

2018      Wonderenamel, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 

2017      Graduate Metal XV, First Site gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 

2017      Around The Table, Assembly point, Melbourne, Australia. 

2017      Victorian Craft Awards, Craft Vitoria, Melbourne, Australia. 

2016      Biomimicry, Black Finch Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 

2016      FORM Melbourne Polytechnic Advanced Diploma Graduate                        Exhibition, Red Gallery, Melbourne. Australia. 

 

Awards

 

2020    Emily Hope Award, RMIT 

2020    Joel Elenberg Prize, RMIT 

2019     Future Leaders Award, Craft Victoria Fresh! Exhibition. 

2018     Frank Klepner Memorial Award for Limited Series Jewellery, RMIT. 

2018     Koodak Award for Top 3rd year student, RMIT. 

2016     AJS Graduate Award, Melbourne Polytechnic. 

 

Collections and Publications
 

W.E McMillian Collection RMIT

Gallery Collection, Temp Contemp Gallery

New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs, Ed. Nicolas Estrada

Other

JMGA member since 2019

Craft Victoria member since 2013

Volunteer at TempContemp Gallery 2019 

Volunteer at Seventh Gallery 2016 - 2018

 © 2021 by Aphra Cheesman.

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