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12th International
AIC Congress
July 2013
The Sage, Gateshead

Bringing Colour to Life
Download all the abstracts and buy the CD with the full length text of all the papers here


in jewellery all that glitters is not gold

Wednesday 03 December 2014
14.00 hrs Room DLG03, Social Sciences Building
St Johns Street, City University London, EC1V 0HB

Details here

diamond in tweezers

Colour Group Awards Meeting
Winners of the awards described their work
Plus Lars Chittka and Daniel Osorio

Wednesday 12 November 2014
City University

The picture above shows the four speakers. Left to right: Lars Chittka who spoke after tea on colour constancy in bees, Bradley Pearce, the CRS Award Winner, who described his work on the blue bias of colour constancy, Hannah Gillespie-Gallery, the W. D. Wright Award Winner told us about motion capture of colour-defined background textures and Daniel Osorio who concluded the afternoon explaining his studies on bird colour vision and cognition.
Hannah Bradley
Lars Daniel
Audience waving As the pictures above show, hands seemed to be very important for all the speakers, and even the audience found the use of hands necessary.

Malevich Exhibition and Exclusive Lecture at Tate Modern
Wednesday 1 October 2014
Tate Modern

Tate Modern suprematist composotion James Hicks
Malevish self portrait In the auditorium at the Tate Modern which is completely red - walls, ceiling, floor, seats - Dr James Hicks (ABOVE) described Malevich's work and his journey of discovery from figurative to suprematistic (ABOVE LEFT) and back to figurative work at the end of his life (LEFT). Malevich is famous for forsaking 'real pictures' to free images from the constraints of objects, things and scenes, to work with colour and, for example, geometric forms. He is infamous for his work The Black Square which is still widely misunderstood and derided.

Drop in to Colour
Saturday 145 June 2014
Turner Contemporary Margate

Colour vision test
Colour cards game It was a cloudy, breezy and cool day outside the Turner Contemporary Margate but inside as well as the exhibitions in the galleries, in the Studio it was all bustle and activity.
There were whole families painting or playing the colour-name card game, kids testing their vision or making coloured fans from colours chosen from a colour globe and work started on making a large dove "feathered" with traced and coloured outlines of visitors hands.

TOP - using goggles that make the wearer confuse red and green, a young visitor studies the Kolormondo colour globe.
ABOVE LEFT - A card-school was in session all afternoon playing the colour-naming card game (but stakes were imaginary).
LEFT - Whole families tried out painting to see what it revealed about their inner selves - some of the results were hung up to dry (BOTTOM LEFT) before being taken home for close examination.
BELOW LEFT - A section of the colour globe and a fan show the same gamut of colours chosen by the amazed little girl.
BELOW - It takes great concentration to trace out and colour the outline of your hand for the Colour Dove dove.

PHOTOS: K Haller & J Mellerio
Family painting
Kolormondo globe Colour Dove
paintings drying

Form Through Colour: Josef Albers, Anni Albers and Gary Hume
Thursday 5 June 2014
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2 1LA

Chris and Susi At Somerset House a new exhibition curated by Christopher Farr has opened and a tour for members of the Colour Group was organised by Susi Bellamy (see left, talking to Christopher Farr). Inspired by Josef Albers' book Interaction of Colour the contemporary rug and fabric company, Christopher Farr (, organised the exhibition which shows how Josef Albers' 50-year old theories have stood the test of time across a multitude of media.

Below shows an investigation of the new iPad app from Yale University, who published Interaction of Colour, on one of several iPads at the exhibition. It describes Albers' renowned principles on how to see and understand color, interactive plates, a new palette tool, in which colors are manipulated like paper, etc.
Fabrics Door rug
iPad App  
Above left is a view of the fabric room that is hung about with the heavy rich fabrics designed by Anni Albers.
Above right is one of the series of hand knotted 'door rugs' by Gary Hume.
On the right Christopher Farr stands before Red Meander, a flat weave with pile rug, and answers questions from the group.
Red Meander  

Presentation of New Coat of Arms
Robert Noel, Lancaster Herald
Progress Towards the Measurement of Appearance – Tortoise or Hare?
Prof Michael R Pointer
Wednesday, 07 May 2014
City University

Presentation of Arms Chairman and Herald
Chairman and mug TOP LEFT: Chairman Valérie Bonnardel receives the new Coat of Arms from the Lancaster Herald, Robert Noel.
TOP RIGHT: Chairman and Herald discuss finer points of heraldry.
LEFT: A mug with the new Arms is brandished.
BELOW LEFT: The Chairman discusses the design of her Chairman's jewel with Ralph Brocklebank whose generosity provided the Coat of Arms for the Group.
BELOW RIGHT: Robert Hunt reads the citation for the Newton Medal.
BENEATH: Michael Pointer receives the Newton Medal from Valérie Bonnardel after his lecture.
BOTTOM: One more surprise for the medalist - a desk version of the clock from the Group's web pages.
Chairman and Ralph Brocklebank Robert Hunt citation
Medal presentation
Surprise It's a clock
A downloadable PDF (5.5 Mb) file of the Newton lecture can be found here.

AISB-50 Annual Convention 2014
Thursday and Friday, 03-04 April 2014
Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
New perspectives on colour from a 13th century
account of light, material and rainbows

Dr Hannah Smithson

Colour in Clapham - A Spectrum of Events
Friday 21 March 2014
Omnibus Clapham, 1 Northside Clapham Common, London SW4 0QW

March 21st every year is the EQUINOX - aequus (equal) + ox (night). Around this date, night and day are equally long, symbolically juxtaposing the complementary nature of dark and light, of shadow and illumination, that are expressed in all human cultures. So the Colour Group joined with Omnibus in Clapham Common to celebrate the
In a day-long programme stuffed full of demonstrations, lectures, talks and exhibitions, visitors to the Omnibus Centre saw many different aspects of colour from the technical and physiological to the artistic and the fashionable.
Below you can see the audience being shown where colour lies in the electromagnetic spectrum and underneath that how colour appears in a fashionable (?) jacket and when people are illuminated with colourful lights.

Lecture on spectrum
Colourful jacket Light and colour on peoplePhotos above by Paul Reeman and below by Janet Best
colour tests
Fun was had learning to specify given colours on a system like the Kolormondo (RIGHT) and in defining the colours in x, y, z chromaticities of foils and jelly beans (ABOVE). Working with jelly beans was good - you could eat the test when you had got the values wrong. Kolormondo fun

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