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.


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

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

2010           Workshop Leader,’Splice, Dice, Replicte’, RIA Biotech Art Workshops,

   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

2007-2008  Tutor SA School of Art

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

2006/20011 Artist in Residence Dept Biotechnology Flinders University/ Medical Centre

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

Grants & Awards

2009           Odyssey Festival Art Prize, “Odyssey of Youth - the Journey Continues”

2008           Odyssey Festival Art Prize, “Odyssey of Youth”

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           Nexus Members Show, Honourable Mention

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

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

2010           The Apparatus of life and Death, Exhibition and Conference Paper, SEAFair, Skopje Macedonia

2010           MARCC Forum, Exhibition and Conversation Panel, Flinders University

2010           Khemia: Living Alchemy, Royal Institute of Science

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 in collaboration with Hung Le,   OzAsia Festival,  Artspace, AFC



"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

"Dreams are on display"
27 Jul 2010

"Niki’s 'stimulus package' a winner"
20 Oct 2009

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


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