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Nikki Walkerden

Nikki Walkerden is an artist and filmmaker whose research informed works experimenting with the ‘meta’ of experience are a result of extending the state of mediums and technology. Her artistic inquiry involves writing, sculpting, drawing, directing, filming, sound recording and performing. In cinematic explorations, interruptions to the repetition of measured and mechanised experience move between the apparent and the actual. She is currently working on a super8 film series.

Completing a Master of Fine Arts at SCA, Nikki graduated from a Master of Film and Digital Image at SCA (2012), presented the solo site-specific performance 16mm film installation: ‘HOLE’, at SCA Galleries (2015) and her work ‘X’ (2012) was selected to represent Australia in the Over View Travelling International Festival of Video Art. Walkerden has also presented work at the Anthology Film Archives & Spectacle Theatre NYC, Underbelly Arts Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Museum of Contemporary Art, Striking Contrasts (toured by Museums and Galleries NSW), Delmar Gallery, Annandale Galleries and international film showcases.

Curatorial comments

CINAMNESIA‘ (2012) in the exhibition Striking Contrasts curated by Geoffrey Weary in association with dLux MediaArts , Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and toured by Museums & Galleries NSW.

CINAMNESIA is a work that foregrounds the physical materiality of the 16mm film medium. The difference for Walkerden is to be found in a series of equivalences that occur throughout CINAMNESIA. The play between the bodies of two women being immersed in a tidal pool and wrapped in coils of nautical rope with archival footage of a female patient being anaesthetised for a spinal operation strikes a suggestive tone that defines the work.”
Geoffrey Weary
Curator – Striking Contrasts
Source: Striking Contrast brochure essay, dLux Media Arts

X‘ (2012)
dLux Media Arts have been invited to represent Australia at the inaugural Over View Travelling International Festival of Video Art in 2014-15.
“Drawing from a fusion of Australian and European imagery, NICOLA WALKERDEN facilitates a fragmentary journey into the landscape as metaphor for mining the psyche.  The ambiguity of the title of her exhibited work, X, denotes the unknown. The first person narrative of this work facilitates a personal journey through surreal spaces that are imbued with an eerie dissociative quality. Like a pounding heart, the beating drum soundtrack suggests this work is not only a physical journey through a montage of times but also a parallel journey through interiority; physical, psychological and architectural.”
Sarah Vandepeer
Curator – Sydney/Australia, Over View Travelling International Festival of Video Art
Source: Over View website



Nikki Walkerden production still 2014. Image: Michael Myers

Nikki Walkerden © 2014, 16mm film production still: Henry Rust.




Master of Fine Arts (research), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (2015)

Master of Film and Digital Image, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (2012)

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), Visual Arts, University of Technology Sydney (2009)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing, Painting, Performance, Sculpture, Installation, Digital Imaging, Photography, Ceramics), University of New South Wales Art & Design (2006)


Artist talks

2016                                    Kino Sydney, 107 Projects, Redfern

2015                                    Not A Feature Film, Knox Street Bar, Sydney

2015                                    Collective Club, SCA Galleries

2014                                    Striking Contrasts, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

2010                                    Don’t Tell Nanna, Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space



2016                                    HOLE by Bryden Williams, Visual Bind, Issue 2

2014                                    Striking Contrasts by Geoffrey Weary

2014                                    A tale of two exhibitions: Striking Contrasts by Jake Evans

2010                                   Tripping over the pink glass swan by Annalice Creighton, das Superpaper #15