Nikala Bourke

Biography

Nikala Bourke is an emerging Tasmanian artist based in Hobart. Working primarily in photography, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts ( with Second Class Honours Upper Division) in 2017 at the College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.

Her career as a Peri-operative Registered Nurse inspires her arts practice in many ways. Working alongside people and caring for their wounds influences the intimate and often visceral nature of her work. Celebrating the mystery and enigmatic nature of water and replicating the waters' edge and the beach landscape is a common thread in her practice.  As is the observation of natural materials, predominantly local flowers, plants and seaweeds.

To fuel her curiosity and experimentation in a visual sense, Nikala utilises light, magnification, glass and water within both analogue and digital photographic processes.  Observing notions of change in form and close representation of structure become evident in her artwork, as does the desire to discover, explore and question the intriguing relationship between ourselves and nature, by using water or the flower as metaphor for many elements of the human psyche.

Nikala is represented by Penny Contemporary Gallery, Hobart.


Education, Awards and Scholarships:

2018     Finalist, The Henry Jones Art Prize, Hobart, Tasmania.

2018     Finalist, Tidal Art Prize, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania.

2017     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Second Class Honours Upper Division, University of Tasmania.

2017     Placed on the Executive Dean's Honour Roll in the College ofArts, University of Tasmania, for study in the degree of Bachelor ofFine Arts with Honours

2017     Awarded the Arts Honours Scholarship, University of Tasmania.

2016     Placed on the Dean's Honour Roll for the Faculty of Arts,University of Tasmania, for the study in the degree Bachelor of FineArts.

2016     Member of The Golden Key International Honour Society foracademic achievement.

2016     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography Major, Tasmanian College of The Arts (Hunter Street), University of Tasmania.

2016     Finalist, Birchalls Tertiary Art Prize, Launceston, Tasmania.

2015     Recipient of the Ted Pool Memorial Award for commitment, abilitiesand dedication. Rotary Club of Hobart and Tasmanian College of theArts, University of Tasmania.

2015     Winner - Digital Art Category, Kingborough Art Prize andExhibition.

2014     Awarded the Jon Lagos Prize in Fine Arts for excellence andartistic merit in second year studies. University of Tasmania.

2014     Dean's Honour Roll, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania.

2014     Finalist, Birchalls Tertiary Art Prize, Launceston, Tasmania.

2009     Tafe Tasmania Hobart, Diploma in Digital Imaging.



Solo Exhibitions.

January 2017     -   The Skins of the River. Salamanca Arts Centre, Top Gallery Space.


Group Exhibitions

2018     Circle of Stones -  curated by artist Leonie Oakes, Gallery 152 York, Western Australia.

2018      Beautiful Women - Penny Contemporary Art Gallery, Hobart. 

2018     Waves and Wave Formations – with Cath Robinson, Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart.

2018      Fecund – Fertile Worlds A2018 Touring Exhibition curated by Clare Armitage,  Artback Northern Territory and South Australia.

2018     Drawing From Earth - combined Show with artists Linda Crispin and Jillian Catto. Sawtooth ARI, Launceston.

2017     Members Show, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart.

2017     Graduation Show for Honours and Masters Students, Plimsoll Gallery Hobart,Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.

2017     Works In Progress Show for Honours and Masters Students, Plimsoll Gallery Hobart, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.

2017     Panopticon - Cocoon Installation. Presented by the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, in association with Dark Mofo.

2017    Ten Days on The Island – photographer and assistant to Dr Brigita Ozolins for her Brighton Army Camp Project

2017     In Praise of Photography - TopSpace StudioGallery, Hobart. Curated by Christl Berg  and Ilona Schneider.

2017     MoMa - Mona Market -  Installation as part of art and science collaboration for The Derwent Heavy Metals Project, Mona.

2017    The Medium is the Message - with Phillip England and Dr Christine Owen, Entrepot Gallery, Hunter Street, Hobart.

2016     Members Show, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart.

2016     Birchalls Tertiary Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, NEW Gallery, Launceston.

2016     Kingborough Art Prize and Exhibition, Kingston Beach Hall.

2015     Not Just Painting, The Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre.

2015     Members Show, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart.

2015     Graduates Show: Final Body of Work Exhibition for Studio Majors (Photography), Tasmanian College of the Arts (Utas).

2015     Rotary Club of Hobart Annual Art Show, Wrest Point.

2015    Past Their Prime: A Celebration and Vestige with Phillip England, Entrepot Gallery, Hunter Street, Hobart.

2015     Kingborough Art Prize and Exhibition, Kingston Beach Community Hall.

2014     Members Show, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart.

2014     Birchalls Tertiary Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, NEW Gallery, Launceston.

2013     Members Show, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart.

2009    Mawson Waterside Pavillion, Hobart. Real Beauties: Women Living with Breast Cancer, with Victoria Henderson.


Representation:

Nikala is represented by Penny Contemporary Gallery in Hobart, Tasmania.


https://www.pennycontemporary.com.au/



Collections:

Nikala has work in the Henry Jones Art Hotel Collection

http://www.thehenryjones.com/artandhistory/onlineartcatalogue-en.html


Publication


Plateform - a French online magazine aimed at exhibiting new artists and talents. Issue 96, pp.100-117, 2017.

http://www.plateformag.com/magazine/article/numero-96?lang=f


University of Tasmania (Tasmanian College of the Arts) Student Booklet for 2016.

http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/887329/tasmanian-college-of-the-arts-current-students-in-art-booklet.pdf


Kingborough Chronicle, Monday, 11 May 2015.

http://www.kingboroughchronicle.com.au/index.php/component/k2/item/350-local-kingborough-art-prize-goes-national.


Togatus Magazine, Issue 6, August 2014, p.13.

http://issuu.com/togatus/docs/web_issue_six/13?e=0/15060230

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