Aphra Cheesman - contemporary jeweller 

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. 


Her work explores a range of themes; from The Everyday to ideas within psychology and sociology. Aphra seeks to use objects and jewellery as a way of understanding more about ourselves and the collective human experience.

In 2016 she completed the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design at Melbourne Polytechnic and 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. 




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.

2008-2011           BSc Mathematics with Modern Languages, University College London (1st Class Honours),                                  London, UK.




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. 

2015      40.67 Group Exhibition, Remuera Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. 

2014      Small Works, Group Exhibition, Fawn Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. 


Awards & shortlists


2019      Victorian Craft Awards, shortlisted.

2019      Selected for the Marzee International Graduate Show.

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. 

2017      Victorian Craft Awards, shortlisted.

2016      AJS Graduate Award, Melbourne Polytechnic Advance Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design. 



JMGA member since 2019

Craft Victoria member since 2013

Volunteer at TempContemp Gallery 2019 

Volunteer at Seventh Gallery 2016 - 2018

Volunteer at SisterWorks 2016 – 2019

 © 2018 by Aphra Cheesman. Photograph: Matthew Stanton 

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