Michelle Nikou Biography


1967

Born Adelaide, South Australia. Lives and works Adelaide.

EDUCATION

1989

Bachelor of Design (Ceramics), SA School of Art, University of South Australia

1990

Graduate Diploma of Arts (Visual Art), SA School of Art, University of South Australia

2005

Master of Visual Arts (MA), SA School of Art, University of South Australia

2012

PhD candidate, Visual Art, SA School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016-2018

a e i o u, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and touring Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria; Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland; Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide; Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland

2015

Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2014

Vacancy, Contemporary Food Lab Exhibition Space, Berlin

2012

DARREN KNIGHT GALLERY, Sydney Australia

2009

DARREN KNIGHT GALLERY, Sydney, Australia

2007
DARREN KNIGHT GALLERY, Sydney, Australia

Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

2005

Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

2004
DARREN KNIGHT GALLERY, Sydney, Australia

2002
DARREN KNIGHT GALLERY, Sydney, Australia
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

2001
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

2000
Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1999
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

1998
Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1997
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

1996
Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia

1995
Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

1994
Public Domain Art Projects Exhibitions

1993
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Safe Space, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, VIC

Safe Space, Devonport Regional Gallery, TAS

Safe Space, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW

Safe Space, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2019

Safe Space, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland

Spring 1848, curated by Scott Donovan, Knulp, Sydney, Australia

I could sleep for a thousand yearscurated by Jon Campbell, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Safe Space, Dogwood Crossing, Miles, Queensland

Safe Space, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Queensland

2018

Darren Knight Gallery, Booth G01, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, 13-16 September 2018

From Will to Form: TarraWarra Biennale 2018, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria

Safe Space, curated by Christine Morrow, Logan Art Gallery, Queensland (and touring)

2017

Darren Knight Gallery at Spring 1883Room 55, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney

World Material, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, curated by Chloe Wolifson

2016

SPRING 1883, Room 224, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne

2015

Tender Thing, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide

CACSA Contemporary, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide

Writing Art,
Artspace, Sydney

2014

Return Threshold – Michelle Nikou, Charlie Sofo, Marcin Kobylecki and Patrick Hartigan, Fontanelle Gallery and Studios, Adelaide, Australia

2013

Future Primitive, Heide Musuem of Modern Art, Melbourne

Atelier Paris: The Power Studio, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney, Australia

Black Square, Australian Foundation of Experimental Art, Adelaide

2012

Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Post-planning, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Look, Look Again, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Western Australia

2011   

Rundgang, Hochschule für bildende Künste, Braunschweig, Germany

2010

2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Before and After Science, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

2008                           

Uneasy – recent South Australian art, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of

South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Scope Basel, Greenaway Art Gallery stand, Switzerland

GAG Projects, Berlin

2006                           

Imagine…the creativity shaping our culture, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

Things Will be Great, MOP, Sydney, Australia

Taking the cure, Downtown Art Space, Adelaide

Art (212) Art Fair, Greenaway Art Gallery stand, New York

Calenture, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide

17th Annual Fibre Textile Biennial, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth

New York Art Fair, New York

2005

Mentor/Mentored, Contemporary Art centre of South Australia, Adelaide

Brisbane Art Fair, Greenaway Art Gallery

ARCO 05, Greenaway Art Gallery stand, Madrid, Spain

2004                           

2004: Australian Culture Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

MCA Unpacked II, Selections from the MCA Collection by Michelle Nikou and Joan Grounds,

University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide; Bendigo Art Gallery; Hazelhurst Regional

Art Gallery, Australia

Revenge, Downtown Art Space, Adelaide

Manifesto, Downtown Art Space, Adelaide

Melbourne Art Fair, Greenaway Art Gallery

2003-2004
Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection, touring National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Australia

2003
MCA Unpacked II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Mystic Medusa on Art, New Contemporaries, Sydney, Australia

2001-2002
Home is where the heart is, South Australian touring exhibition, Burra Regional Art Gallery, Adelaide Art Museum, University of SA, Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Augusta Fountain Gallery, Australia

2001
Jamboree Clay, The Jam Factory, Adelaide, Australia

2000                           

Chemistry – Art in South Australia 1990-2000. The Faulding Exhibition. Art Gallery of South

Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Genespill, Imperial Slacks, Sydney, Australia

Melbourne Art Fair, Greenaway Art Gallery

1998
Defiling the Object, Nexus Gallery, Adelaide, Footscray Community Art Centre, Melbourn, Australia, The Substation, Singapore
Strange Brew, Jam Factory, Adelaide, Australia

1997
Comfort, First Draft, Sydney, Australia 
North Adelaide School of Art, South Australia

1996
Brisbane Art Fair, Greenaway Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

1994
Fania, University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide, Australia

1993
Side Step, Prospect Gallery, Adelaide

1992
The China Cabinet, Jamboree Workshop, Adelaide

1990
Post Graduate Exhibition, University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide, Australia
Frank, The Bullring, Adelaide, Australia

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2016

NAVA Visual Arts Fellowship

2010-2011

Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany (studying under Professor Thomas Rentmeister)

2009

Anne and Gordon Samstag Visual Arts Scholarship

Arts SA Project Grant

2008

Arts SA, Professional Development Grant

2007

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Japan Travel Fund

Residency at Cité des Artes, Paris, University of Sydney

2006

Helpmann Academy Mentorship Scheme

Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant

2005

Recipient of the Arts SA sponsored South Australian Living Artist Festival publication prize

Arts SA Project Grant

2004                           

SALA monograph, 2005

2003

MF & MH Joyner Scholarship of Fine Arts

Australian Post Graduate Award (APR)

University of South Australia Post Graduate Research Award (USAPRA)

Catalogue funding, Arts SA, South Australia

2001

AIT Arts Foundry, Roma Mitchell Arts Education Centre

2000

Ceramics workshop, University of South Australia             

Project Grant, Arts SA, South Australia

1998                           

EVA Art Prize, Pulteney Grammar School, Adelaide, Australia

Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant

1995

Santos Sydney Studio Scholarship

Department for the Arts and Cultural Development, Arts Project Grant

1990                           

Kym Bonython Art Prize, Adelaide

COMMISSIONS

2009

Aboriginal War Memorial, Commisioning Agent, RSL

2008

Public Art Work, Port Adelaide – Commissioning Agent Post Adelaide Enfield Council

2006

Public Art Work, Rundle St Adelaide, Commission Agent Adelaide City Council

COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of South Australia
University of South Australia Art Museum
National Gallery of Australia
Clo Fleiss Collection, Paris
Gigi and Josef Fainas Collection, Geneva

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Bolton, K. Michelle Nikou Wakefield Press, Adelaide 2006

Bolton, K. Sculptures, Agenda, Melbourne October 1995

Day, C & Tutton, S. Before and After Science, 2010 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. 2010.

Dwyer, L. Open Gallery, Sydney Morning Herald-Spectrum, 24-24 November 2012

Eagle, M. What differentiates art from everyday making? Home is Where the Heart is,

Catalogue Essay, Country Arts S.A., 2000

Fitzgerald, M. Open Gallery in Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum, 24-25 Nov 2012, p.14

Hart, D. Home Sweet Home: an artist-collector’s passion, Home Sweet Home: Works from

the Peter Fay Collection exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra,

Australia, 2003 

Hill, P. On their selection, Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, October 18-19 2003

Keneally, C. Where are we now, Broadsheet, Vol 23, No.3

McDonald, J. The meaning of colour, Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum 31 March – 1 April 2007, p. 17

Morrell, T. Michelle NikouUneasy – recent South Australian art exhibition catalogue, Anne

& Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia 2008,

pp.38 – 39.

Nelson, R. Imagining the forces that shape our artistic culture The Age Metro Reviews 26 July 2006, p. 22

Newell, M. Michelle Nikou: Two Spoons, Broadsheet Vol. 30 32, 2001

Newell, M. (Foreward), catalogue essay, Michelle Nikou, 2004

Radok, S. A Woman’s Touch, Home is Where the Heart is, Catalogue Essay, Country Arts

S.A., 2000

Radok, S. The Adelaide Review, July 1995

Radok, S. Here and Now, The Adelaide Review, Vol. 23 NOl3, Sept. 94

Rainforth, D. Michelle Nikou, Art Guide, Issue 100, March/April 2016, pp.93-96

Sheedy, M. For Art’s Sake, Elle, May 1998

Stanhope, Z. (Ed.) IMAGINE… the creativity shaping our culture, exhibition catalogue,

Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2006

Valamanesh, A. Self Determination, Artlink, Vol.14, No.4

Wolfe, R., The Samstag Alumni: The Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship,http://www.unisa.edu.au/samstag/scholars/scholars10/nikou.asp,

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Wolfe, R. The Samstag Legacy, An Artist’s Bequest, The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, 2016, p.345

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Zagala, A., Michelle Nikou: a e i o u, Artlink Magazine, 8 June 2016, https://www.artlink.com.au/articles/4460/michelle-nikou-a-e-i-o-u/