about niki



Niki Sperou is an artist with a longstanding engagement within the nexus between art, science and culture. Since 2006 she has been the resident artist at the Department of Medical Biotechnology, Flinders University.  Her interest in contemporary innovations in technology, the body and her cultural background have led her to draw parallels between biotechnology and ancient Greek cultural paradigms. For Sperou these connections emerge in chimerical forms and concepts.


2006-present                Artist in Residence, researcher, Department of Medical Biotechnology, Flinders University

2007-2008                   Art Theory, South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia

2005                            Honours Visual Arts (First Class), Sculpture, University of South Australia

2002                            Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design, Drawing, AIT Arts, SA

1983                            Certificate IV in Dress Design and Garment Construction, Panorama College, SA

Experience & Projects

2010-present                Bio-art Workshop leader

2019                                 Out of the Blue project, marine algal community outreach project with CMBD, Flinders University

2018                                 Quite Frankly, Conference paper, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia

2018                            Spectra, Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) Conference paper, MOD, SA

2011                            SALA Moving Image project, The Sacred Way Installation, Festival Cente Plaza, Adelaide SA

2010                            Workshop Leader, Biotech Art Workshop, Flinders Dept of Medical Biotechnology, 23-27 Aug

2009/2010                    Artist in Residence, Prospect Gallery

2009                            Best Foot Forward II, Public Art Workshops, Craft South, Adelaide SA

2009                            Workshop Leader, ‘Splice, Dice, Replicate’, EAF Biotech Art Workshops,

                         Dept Medical Biotechnology Flinders University, 14-17 April

2009                           Artist in Residence Womadelaide Festival, Karagiozis Greek Shadow Puppet Workshops

2008                           The Synergy Project: The Incubator, Media Arts Collaborative Workshop,

                                  Centre of Experimental Music, Adelaide University.

2008                           Erica Leitner, Textile technique in metal, JMGA Jam Factory, Adelaide

2007                           Children’s Workshop Leader, South Australian Museum

2007                           Best Foot Forward, Public Art Workshops, Craft South, Adelaide SA

2007                           Tjanpi Desert Weavers Project, Womadelaide

2006                           There, Not There, Public Art Workshops, UniSA

2006                           Chico McMurtrie, Inflatable Bodies, Robotics Workshop, EAF

2006                           Winter Cultural Exchange Program Pukyong National University, Korea

2005                           Godwin Bradbeer, Drawing Masterclass, Central School of Art

2005                           Eduardo Kac workshops, Art & Biotechnology, EAF

2003                           Biotech Art Workshops, Oron Catts and Garry Cass, EAF

Selected Grants & Awards

2018           Inspiring SA, Science and Art Working Together, 2018 Regional Science and Art Grant, Out of the Blue Project

2016           SALA  Festival, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Residency, Infection and Immunity Team

2013           Arts SA, Professional Development Grant, Toxicity Project

2007           Ruby Award, Inaugural Oz Asia Festival

2006           ArtSA Public Arts Mentorship, ‘Bubbles Project’, Mentor NSW Artist Duke Albada

2006           Adelaide Fringe Festival Individual Artist Award -Visual Arts for 2006 Helpmann Exhibition

2006           UniSA Cultural Exchange Scholarship, Pukyong National University, Korea

2005           ArtSA Industry Development Project Assistance Grant for Cultural Diversity Cluster Mentorship Scheme

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019           Out of the Blue, Riddoch Gallery, Mt Gambier, SA

2019           Out of the Blue, Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa, SA

2016           Matrix, the body as scaffold for the methodologies and metaphors of science, Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully, SA

2010           Golden Fleece, Prospect Gallery Artist in Residence Exhibition

2009           Karagiozis the Greek Migrant, Flinders University Education Building

2007           Man A Plant, Promenade Gallery, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide

2007           Inside SAM’s Place, South Australian Museum

2006           Odumak- shelter small and warm, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018           Threads of Thought, Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa, SA

2018           The Doll Redefined, Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully, SA

2017           The Rise of Bio-Society, Riddoch Gallery, Mt Gambier, SA

2017           Curious Objects, Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa, SA

2016           The Colonised Body, SALA Festival, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

2013           Toxicity, Plug In ICA & Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Winnipeg Canada

2012           Domestic + Science, RiAus Science Exchange 

2012           3D Play, AIT Arts, SA

2011           Energy: resistance and subversion, exhibition, workshop leader and conference, SeaFair, Skopje, North Macedonia 

2010           The Apparatus of life and Death, exhibition and conference, SEAFair, Skopje, North Macedonia

2010           MARCC Forum, Exhibition and Conversation Panel, Flinders University

2010           Khemia: Living Alchemy, RiAus Science Exchange

2009           Biotech Art Revisited, EAF + Life death & Biotechnia Symposium, Mercury Cinema

2009           Hari Bumi, puppetry performance in collaboration with Heri Dono, Hepatitis C Council

2008 & 2009  Odyssey Festival , “Odyssey of Youth”, Adelaide Festival Centre Foyer &  eye2eye gallery

2008           Ose Tara Lia, Group Collaborative Project, installation and puppetry performance with Heri Dono, OzAsia Festival, Artspace,                 Adelaide Festival Centre

2008           Breeding Ground, Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide SA

2007          Undiscovered Country,   Inaugural OzAsia Festival,  Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre

2004          DIY DNA DAY, Heath Bunting curator, Cube microplex, London 


"cellular intrigue", RealTimeArts Magazine issue 91

"Khemia: Living Alchemy Exhibition"
August 11, 2010

"For Niki, art is in her blood"
The Advertiser, August 09, 2010

"NIKI SPEROU: ETHNOGRAPHICA, An exhibition reveals the bones of the museum"
July 2007


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