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.
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.
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.
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
JMGA member since 2019
Craft Victoria member since 2013
Volunteer at TempContemp Gallery 2019
Volunteer at Seventh Gallery 2016 - 2018