Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Christopher Orchard

 Christopher Orchard

Master of Arts Hons. (CSU), GCert Research (UTAS), BA Visual Arts Hons. (CSU), BA Multimedia WebDesign (CSU).

Christopher Orchard is a Course Director, Lecturer in Photography and interdisciplinary researcher in the School of Communication and Creative Industries.  

Based on Charles Sturt University's Wagga Wagga campus, Christopher also contributes to the Creative Regions Lab and sits as a board member of the interdisciplinary journal, 'Fusion'. He is currently undertaking postgraduate study in the Doctor of Philosophy and Graduate Certificate in Research from the University of Tasmania within the Tasmanian College of the Arts where he holds a position in the Arts and Environment Research Group.

Christopher's research draws from a wide field of discourse on landscape health, natural resource management, trauma studies, terror management theory and broad art theory and culture to generate transdisciplinary dialogue on landscape issues utilising practice-led research methodologies. 

Christopher calls himself a 'connectivist', a research conduit for information between differing perspectives acting as intermediary to bring about landscape reconciliations, sustainabilities, new knowledge and open discourse.

Christopher Orchard is an internationally exhibiting photographer whose work is currently held in private and public collections globally.

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Christopher Orchard describes his teaching practice as fitting within contemporary social-pedagogy; although not completely Marxist in nature it is essentially 'function of society' in design. The central focus for teaching is on humanistic values; stressing human dignity, mutual respect, trust, unconditional appreciation, and equality.  It is underpinned by a fundamental concept of all individuals having the possibilities of offering rich and extraordinary potential and considers all human beings to be capable, competent, resourceful and active agents in their own learning.

Christopher Lecturers in to the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography), Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design), Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Honours), and Master of Creative Practice courses.

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Christopher's research draws from a wide field of discourse on landscape health, natural resource management, trauma studies, terror management theory and broad art theory and culture to generate transdisciplinary dialogue on landscape issues utilising practice-led research methodologies. Christopher calls himself a 'connectivist', a research conduit for information between differing perspectives acting as intermediary to bring about landscape reconciliations, sustainabilities, new knowledge and open discourse.Back to Staff Listing

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Seminars and Conference Papers

  • Orchard. C. (2014). Fields of Presence: The Photograph, Trauma and the End of the Natural. Conference Proceedings of the Unnatural Futures Conference, July 3, 2014.
  • Orchard. C. (2014). Agrophilia: Exposing an Australian Regional Vernacular, or, Architectural Agrarianism. Fusion-Journal: The Town and the City, 4(1) May 1, 2014 
  • Orchard. C. (2014). Portraits of Vulnerable Ghosts: Contemporary Landscape Photography in Context. Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, 6(1), January 1, 2014 
  • Orchard. C. (2014). Speculative Landscapes: Regionalism and Rurality. Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, 6(1)
  • Orchard. C. (2014). Moral Decisions and Material Cultures. Conference Proceedings of Australian Centre for University Art and Design Schools 2014, The Future of the Discipline Conference, Victorian College of the Arts / Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2-3 October, 2014.
  • Orchard. C. (2014). The Traumatic Landscape: Investigating Somaterratic and Psychoterratic Cultural Responses in Contemporary Landscape Photography. Conference Proceedings of the Of The Earth Conference, University of Plymouth/University of Sunderland UK, 25-26 October, 2014.

Journal Articles

  • Orchard. C. (2014). Agrophilia: Exposing an Australian Regional Vernacular, or, Architectural Agrarianism. Fusion-Journal: The Town and the City, 4(1) May 1, 2014.
  • Orchard. C. (2014). Transplantation: a sense of place and culture, HR Gallop Gallery. Fusion-Journal: The Town and the City, 4(1) May 1, 2014.
  • Orchard. C. (2014). The Antipodean Steampunk Show. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Fusion-Journal: The Town and the City, 4(1) May 1, 2014.
  • Orchard. C. (2014). Portraits of Vulnerable Ghosts: Contemporary Landscape Photography in Context. Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, 6(1), January 1, 2014.
  • Orchard. C. (2014). Speculative Landscapes: Regionalism and Rurality. Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, 6(1).
  • Orchard. C. (2012). Programming Thanatos: Immortality through Machination and Digital Epitaphs. ISSN 2200-3924 (Print) | ISSN 2200-3932 (Online). The Photo Critique Press International.

Creative Works: Exhibition

2014
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – Resolute
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery - The Sketchbook Project
  • Plimsoll Gallery Hobart - Unnatural Futures Exhibition
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery - Traumascapes
2013
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (E3) – Convergences
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – Envisage
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery – Uncertainties
  • Margaret Carnegie Gallery – 8 Artists
2012
  • Gallery 43, Wagga Wagga – Heirlooms – Group Exhibition
  • Links Gallery, Wagga Wagga – Fifteen Days – Solo Exhibition
  • Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga – Now/Then Exhibition
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – Lucid Exhibition
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga – Pathways Exhibition
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga – CSU Exhibition; Discoveries
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga – CSU Staff Exhibition
  • 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, United States of America – Snow & Ice
  • The Printspace, London - World Landscapes
2011
  • Darkroom Gallery, Vermont – Four Corners of the Earth
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga – S.C.C.I. Showcase
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – f4
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga – Launched
  • Fitzmaurice Street Gallery – Australian Portrait
  • Brunswick Street Gallery – Click 2011 – National Photographic Prize
  • 1650Gallery, Los Angeles – FOUND
  • Advision Gallery, Wagga Wagga – Phonography
2010
  • Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery – Unleashed
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga – Moving Up
  • The Old Art School Building – The CAD Factory Presents
  • Margaret Carnegie Gallery – Beneath the Skin
  • Advision Gallery, Wagga Wagga – Gofish
2009
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – TwoPointZero
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga – Steady
  • King Street Gallery, Newtown, Sydney – Under The Blue Moon
  • Museum of the Riverina – Memento Mori
2008
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – Text / Object
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – Solo
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga – Obscura
  • H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga – Programming Thanatos

Creative Works: Performances

  • 2012 Margaret Carnegie Gallery - 100 notions from a nation of two
  • 2011 Enigma Bar – Adelaide Fringe Festival

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