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Poster competition celebrates history of NMIT and northern suburbs

23 Aug 2012

NMIT's (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Visual Arts Department is holding a poster design competition as part of NMIT's centenary celebrations to celebrate the history of the TAFE and the surrounding areas.

The Institute traces its history back to the opening of Collingwood Technical School in 1912.

The winner will be announced at an exhibition to showcase all the works produced by the students at the A Space Gallery at NMIT's Preston campus on 6 September from 4pm to 5.30pm.

A selection of the best 60 works will be displayed in the libraries of NMIT's Preston, Fairfield and Epping campuses. The works will also be displayed on an online gallery on NMIT's website.

The winner will receive a prize consisting of a gift voucher to the value of $300. All the other works will be available for purchase and the proceeds will go directly to the students.

Viewers will also be able to vote on their favourite image from among all the images uploaded to the online gallery. The image with the most votes will receive a gift voucher to the value of $100.

According to Cassandra Sganga, an NMIT first year Diploma of Visual Arts student, the idea of creating a poster that would sum up the history of NMIT along with it the history of the area seemed exciting.

“I wanted to create something that told a story. I didn't just want to draw an image of a landmark or a building but wanted to tell a story of a real person who had lived and worked in the area. For that reason I did some research and found a picture on NMIT's website of a teacher with his wife and daughter, who had taught here a long time ago,” she said.

The image that she worked on is of Captain Thomas Thrupp, a senior teacher who taught at the Preston Technical College, an antecedent of NMIT, from 1937 to 1940. Cassandra has recreated the image with an ink pen by using a combination of image and text, known as calligram.

“I wanted to use text in the image to sum up everything and everyone that means NMIT for me,” she said.

Students are producing works of art in a variety of media, including digital, painting, photography, collage and mixed media.

More information on NMIT's centenary celebrations and the history of the Institute can be found at www.

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