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Campus artworks

Immersive in many ways

North Metropolitan TAFE has always been an integral part of art and cultural activity, being a major part of the Northbridge cultural precinct. It has provided a multitude of opportunities and employment for aspiring artists, musicians and designers.

We have created a substantial body of urban art that takes the creativity going on inside our workshops to the outside world.  Working in partnership with organisations such as the MRA and City of Perth, the local streets have been enriched with a great range of work that celebrates the sheer joy found in creativity. 

You can find further information on some of the artworks within the Northbridge cultural precinct

 
Foyer Art | Leederville campus
 
Pawns

Northbridge

Has anyone working in or passing through our main foyer at 25 Aberdeen Street ever wondered why these three works were chosen to so prominently represent our art collection?

Apart from their large size and vibrant colours, they all reference water in some way – that vital resource in our dry continent – and each are presented to the viewer from an aerial perspective.

Waterworks

Kaarkurutinytja

Narputta Nangala Jugadai | Kaarkurutinytja

Narputta Jugadai’s work depicts across its centre a salt lake near Lake MacDonald, close to her community at Haast’s Bluff in the Northern Territory. Although this is obviously dry and unsustaining, the rocky hills around it contain rock pools that allow bush tucker to flourish after the rains.

Narputta Nangala Jugadai Kaarkurutinytja | acrylic on linen, 2006

Cooper's Creek flood plain

Richard Woldendorp | Cooper's Creek flood plain, Queensland

Richard Woldendorp, an immigrant from the Netherlands, has forged an international reputation for his amazing photographic images of Australia from the air. Interested in its shifting tides, moving sands and millions of years of evolution, here he shows us a tiny band of fertility around a rocky ridge as it is reached by the nearby flooding waterways of Queensland.

Richard Woldendorp Cooper's Creek flood plain, Queensland | inkjet colour print, 2009

Jaandoo (Tjarntu)

Rover Thomas | Jaandoo (Tjarntu) Rock Holes in the Great Sandy Desert

Rover Thomas, one of our most famous Aboriginal artists, and the first to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale, shows us, again from above, his country in the Kimberley’s Great Sandy Desert. The concentric circles represent rock holes, a vital source of water for his people to know about as they travelled across country seeking food or performing ceremonies.

Rover Thomas Jaandoo (Tjarntu) Rock Holes in the Great Sandy Desert | ochres on canvas, c1996

Art and about

Mandala

Ian Williams | Mandala

The art fiesta of Aberdeen Street includes the large mandala created by local artist Ian Williams.  Ian is a former student, completing his Advanced Diploma of Visual Art and Craft here a few years ago.  

His bold design doesn’t just stand out to passersby; it is becoming a much loved (and much photographed!) visual backdrop for students taking a break from their studies. 

Ian Williams | Mandala

Migration

Ever (Nicolás Romero) | Migration

On his first visit to Australia, Buenos Aires based artist Ever created a huge, striking mural in less than a week as part of FORM’s public art project.  

“My piece talks about migrating to another place, the fact of moving thoughts, cultures and body. The big figure represents the arrival at a site, and the face is the new knowledge that is deposited in the door. Sometimes the door opens or closes.”

Ever (Nicolás Romero) | Migration

Self-protection of the Immigrant in Ourself

Pixel Pancho | Self-protection of the Immigrant in Ourself

Italian street artist Pixel Pancho specialises in large wall murals.  Pixel creates ‘anatomical street robots’ inspired by different environments, claiming that his work is intended to provoke the viewer to ask the question, “Are we all just machines?”

The work relates to both migrants coming to Australia to make a new world, and how we are all immigrants in our own way.

Pixel Pancho | Self-protection of the Immigrant in Ourself

Speed  99

Jurek Wybraniec | Speed 99

Jurek Wybraniec, one of Australia’s leading abstract artists, has been an art lecturer at TAFE since the early 90s, first at Claremont School of Art and now in Northbridge.

In his practice there is a distinctive balance between variety and uniformity, resulting from a creative process which appears both methodical and imaginative, disciplined and playful, analytical and excessive. The works, like this 20 foot sea container painted ‘Pink Pink’, are often startling and full of interpretative possibilities. 

Jurek Wybraniec Speed 99 | Northbridge campus

Baba Gaga Houses

Marwa Fahmy | Baba Gaga Houses

The chicken-legged houses are based on the story of Baba Yaga, a witch of eastern European cautionary fairy tales.  

Artist Marwa Fahmy said, “I wanted to create a work that would reflect our growth of knowledge and education and our multicultural nature, while being a quirky, fun and memorable piece. Fairy tales and stories teach you many lessons, but they especially nurture your imagination, helping you create fantastical images in your head. 

Marwa Fahmy | Baba Gaga Houses

Cloud

Stephen Neille and Jurek Wybraniec | Cloud

This is a piece of art commissioned by the College and The Department of Housing Works. The work is based on a captivating notion - a cloud, a chrome swimming pool, a suburban symbol, a piece of nature. 

The floor in the building’s foyer incorporates a kidney-shaped cobble stone section, each cobble engraved with place names and meaningful moments in TAFE history. These cobbles are grouted with super-blue grout to reflect the ‘swimming pool’ above.

Stephen Neille and Jurek Wybraniec Cloud | Northbridge campus
Page last updated May 20, 2019