Mr Nik Orr

Mr Nik Orr

Casual Academic

School of Creative Industries (Fine Art)

Career Summary

Biography

What should we do with our controversial statues?’ is the question guiding Nik Orr’s current research. As part of a PhD bridging fine arts and world history, he aims to challenge calls to do away with colonial statues in Australia. Long frustrated by the disappearance of contested historical markers – such as the wholesale removal of dictator Francisco Franco’s statues in his adoptive country, Spain – Nik looks at how visual artists can help solve the so-called ‘statue wars’.

Nik graduated from a Bachelor of Visual Arts with first-class Honours at Sydney College of the Arts in 2005, before pursuing a 10-year publishing career. In 2013 he completed a Masters in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is currently a PhD student and VC’s HDR Training Scholarship-holder at the University of Newcastle, where he teaches into Creative Industries courses. 



Qualifications

  • Masters in History of Contemp Art & Visual Culture, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours Class 1 (Fine Arts), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Australian history
  • Spanish history
  • iconoclasm
  • monuments and memorials
  • nationalism
  • public art
  • sculpture

Languages

  • Spanish (Fluent)
  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190104 Visual Cultures 30
190199 Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified 50
200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/08/2018 - 30/05/2019 Visitor Experience Officer The Lock-Up Contemporary Art Space
Australia
1/06/2018 - 31/07/2018 Editorial Consultant National Art School
NAS Gallery
Australia
1/06/2017 - 30/11/2019 Curatorial Assistant and Exhibition Support Officer Maitland Regional Art Gallery | Maitland City Council
Australia
1/12/2007 - 31/03/2017 Editor Grupo Edelvives
Bilingual Learning
Spain

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2018 - 31/12/2019 Casual Academic School of Creative Industries | University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Prize

Year Award
2020 Emerging Scholar Award for the 2020 International Conference on The Image
Common Ground Research Networks

Scholarship

Year Award
2020 Gowrie Scholarship
Australian National University
2019 Vice Chancellor's HDR Training Scholarship
Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
2007 Beca Fundación Antonio Camuñas
Centro Superior de Edificación | Universidad Europea de Madrid
2004 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship
Sydney College of the Arts | University of Sydney

Invitations

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2019 Harvesting good ideas
A panel discussion on commercialising good ideas, innovation and adding value for clients. Participants included Nik Orr (School of Creative Industries), Jack Mason (Enigma), Dr Sidsel Grimstad (Newcastle Business School) and moderator Dr Ben Matthews.
2017 In conversation: Baroque and beyond
Concluding the Baroque and Beyond event series, artist Brett McMahon and composer David Banney discuss the influence of the Baroque on contemporary art and music with with curator Gillean Shaw and catalogue essayist Nik Orr.

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2019 Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Masterclass
Run as a Postgraduate Advance Training Seminar (PATS), this masterclass was led by arts writer and curatorial activist Maura Reilly. Five attendees were selected by the masterclass leader to present a brief overview of their research to their peers and receive feedback. 
2019 Principles and practice of budgeting creative work
Delivered as guest lecturer in CIND2001 Effective Management in the Creative Industries
2019 Art practice and editing in Australia and Spain
Delivered as guest lecturer in CIND2001 Effective Management in the Creative Industries

Manuscript Reviews

Year Title Publication Type Publisher Description
2020 The New Directions in the Humanities Journal Collection Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC) Common Ground Research Networks <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.5px Helvetica} </style> <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} </style> <p class="p1"><span style="font-size:small;">Completed a peer-review report for an article (number 73630) under publication consideration by Common Ground Research Networks.</span></p><p class="p1"></p>
2019 The Arts in Society Journal Collection Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC) Common Ground Research Networks <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Helvetica} </style> <p class="p1"><span style="font-size:small;">Completed a peer-review report for an article (number 72877) under publication consideration by Common Ground Research Networks.</span></p>

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
CIND1000 Introduction to the Creative Industries
School of Creative Industries, Factulty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/01/2018 - 30/06/2020
CIND1003 Making Meaning: Design and Media
School of Creative Industries, Factulty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/07/2018 - 1/11/2018
CIND2001 Effective Management in the Creative Industries
School of Creative Industries, Factulty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Lecturer 1/07/2018 - 8/11/2019
CIND2000 Creative Collaborations
School of Creative Industries, Factulty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/02/2019 - 1/06/2019
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Mr Nik Orr

Position

Casual Academic
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Fine Art

Contact Details

Email nik.orr@newcastle.edu.au
Link Twitter

Office

Building NeW Space
Location Newcastle City Campus

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