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Our Collection

Our Art Collection

North Metropolitan TAFE aims to build and maintain a permanent collection of works of visual art and craft for the cultural enrichment of its student body, staff and wider community and as a resource for teaching, learning, research, enjoyment and place-making.

The Art Collection reflects the College as a place of learning, creativity and imagination. Through its collection and display of artworks, NMT seeks to play a leading role in the intellectual and cultural development of the vocational sector, community and general public.

Containing over 2000 works (the earliest dating back to 1910) the Collection showcases works by past/current students and staff, as well as acclaimed local, national and international artists most often associated with the College, thus recording the College’s history and fostering a sense of pride and ownership.

Our history

In May 1900, the Perth Technical School opened in the Old Perth Boys School building in St Georges Terrace. The curriculum included chemistry, assaying, engineering, art and design, woodwork and metalwork. It moved to a nearby purpose built site in 1910:  The motto Truth Beauty Unity emblazoned above the front entry, expressed the era’s high hopes for technical education. In 1929 it became Perth Technical College.

The technical college later became part of the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) program and several other substantial neighbouring buildings were built or adapted to accommodate disciplines such as art.

The College became the Central Metropolitan College of TAFE in 1990 following the amalgamation of TAFE colleges at Perth, Leederville, Wembley, Mt Lawley, the Claremont School of Art and the WA School of Nursing.

In 2000, our art school relocated to purpose built facilities at 12 Aberdeen St joining design and media schools to become The Western Australian School of Art, Design and Media (WASADM).  Our 100th birthday year served as a poignant reminder of our progress, from a collection of galvanised iron sheds in St George’s Terrace, with fewer than 70 students, to an institution playing a significant role in the development of two Western Australian Universities and growing to become the largest TAFE College in WA.

Our name evolved from Central TAFE to Central Institute of Technology and finally North Metropolitan TAFE when we joined forces with other north of the river TAFE colleges. Our Creative Industries continues to be a centre for excellence in training art design and media.

This corroboree is believed to have been produced at Port Welshpool (now Forrestfield) not far from Kala Munda (many fires) in 1907 by William Monnop (1843- 1913), the figure in the centre. He master-minded the stage construction, decorations, body painting and choreography of the dancing and miming. He also conducted the music and singing and made dramatic use of lighting and other stage effects. Joobych/Joobaitch, on the left, was a Whadjuk Elder from the Guildford area. Son of well-known Nyoongar leader Yellagonga, he was born in 1830 and lived through the first years of the Swan River Colony, helping Daisy Bates during her research on the Nyoongar people’s customs and ceremonies. Photographer Unknown (possibly E G Rome) Joobych, Woolber, Monnop, Dool and Gerburdong, painted for corroboree c1900-1910 Kalamunda,  digital print 009491PD, image courtesy the State Library

A 2016 TAFE graduate, Nidia Hansen was already an established artist, teacher and arts administrator, with a number of awards to her name.

In this work she examines materiality as a repetitive organic process in which the materials lead the way, creating a dialogue with the artist. The subtle gradation of colours from dark to light could also represent a beacon of hope emerging from the darkness. 

Kindly donated by the artist

Nidia Hansen Encounters 2013  wood veneer, hessian, industrial cardboard, household paint

Steve holds a Master of Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and an accredited medical photographer with the Australian Institute of Medical & Biological Illustration (AIMBI), in line with his work as a Medical Photographer at Royal Perth Hospital. Interested in architecture, environmental design and music, he also runs a successful commercial photography business in Perth specialising in fine art portraiture. Of his subject Monique he says – She is the contemporary Australian Madonna. The new generation of strong young Indigenous women who stand proud and continue to represent their culture with humility and courage. Steve Wise Monique  2017 archival inkjet print https://27creative.com.au/

A 2011 TAFE graduate, Chloe Locke has won numerous awards, including a Commendation for this chair at the Design Institute of Australia Awards. The WA Christmas tree known as Floribunda was my inspiration due to the curves of the bloom and the repeated balloon shapes of its petals. In taking the design from paper to reality, fibreglass seemed the best option… lightweight and thin but strong and long lasting. Chloe Locke Floribunda Chair I moulded fibreglass, enamel paint, 2010

Darren Stockwell is an Aboriginal man from the Waradjuri tribes of NSW, a descendant of the Bogan River people. He graduated from TAFE with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art in 2016. This experimental digital piece demonstrates his ongoing search for his identity and was acquired from Gallery Central’s 2019 NAIDOC show I see you, I hear you.

Darren Stockwell  Hybrid Me  2019 digital print

A 1997 TAFE graduate, Stephen Tabor’s piece was selected to be shown at the ‘Furnitex’ Melbourne Furniture Exhibition in 1999. Since 2007 Stephen has been director of Z-Rest Furniture which specialises in contemporary minimalist designs for apartment living. Stephen Tabor ‘Mercury’ Tall Boy 1997 beech veneer MDF, chrome plated copper and polished mild steel