| In collaboration with British Film Institute and Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin
Wednesday and Thursday,
02 and 03 March 2016
National Film Theatre 3, BFI, London & Friends House, Euston Rd, London
COLOUR IN ART
Wednesday 03 February 2016
City University, London EC1V 0HB
Three artists, Roger Woodiwiss, Garth Lewis and Tom Lomax, explained the ideas behind their work and showed how the subtitle of the meeting - Pixilated Palette - was appropriate. Extensive question and answer sessions were informative in revealing more behind the works. The audience reaction was very positive with some joining the Colour Group there and then so as not to miss out on future events.Three examples from each lecture are shown below.
COLOUR VISION MEETING
Palmer and CRS Lectures
Wednesday 13 January 2016
Oliver Thompson Theatre, City University, London
|This annual meeting had moved to the more spacious surroundings at City University from the snug theatre at the Institute of Ophthalmology. David Brainard (RIGHT), the Palmer Lecturer, suffered the usual problems one sees nowadays at meetings of "computer incompatibility", the picture below shows Valérie Bonnardel, David Brainard and Sophie Wuerger struggling - eventually they were successful and David's talk proceeded.
|After his talk, David Brainard was presented with the Palmer Lecture certificate (LEFT) by Valérie Bonnardel.|
|The CRS Lecture was given by Annette Werner (BELOW LEFT): no certificate for her but the lecture was recorded for the CRS web site.
On the programme were seven other lecturers starting with the dynamic and irrepressible Sophie Wuerger (BELOW RIGHT).
Next was Hannah Smithson (ABOVE LEFT) and Marina Bloj (ABOVE RIGHT), then Karl Gegenfurtner (BELOW LEFT) and Maria Olkkonnen (BELOW RIGHT). Finally, Maryam Darrodi (BOTTOM LEFT) and Kathy Mullen (BOTTOM RIGHT) brought the days activity to a close.
COLOUR IN PRINTING
Wednesday 2 December 2015
Centre for Fine Print Research
University of the West of England
Bristol School of Art and Design
Tours and talks about the Centre and its works covered all kinds of printing from monochrome half tone to the gruesome 3D printing of a skull (RIGHT).
Awardees of the WDW awards, 2015
Wednesday 7 October 2015
At the Awards meeting four presentations were made by winners of the award, Matthew Cranwell (TOP LEFT), Mengmeng Wang (TOP RIGHT), Joseph Hickey (ABOVE LEFT) and John Maule (ABOVE RIGHT). You can see their abstracts by clicking here.
Don Pavey Tribute Meeting
Wednesday 7 October 2015
|In a swish new facility which can only be considered as a remote outpost of the St John Street City Campus, and which was furnished with Academic-Ikea seats, tables and fauteuils in a colour scheme that frankly embarrassed Group members, the Colour Group met to honour the memory of a most remarkable man - Don Pavey.
Above are shown the afternoon's team:
Carinna Parraman, Chairman, Elza Tancheva, Secretary, and the three speakers.
At the left is Carrina introducing the meeting.
|Roy Osborne (LEFT), friend and colleague, who outlined Don's many achievements, from childhood, his time at the Royal College of Arts evacuated to the Lakes during WWII and his subsequent career as artist, teacher, mentor, inventor, philosopher and polymath.
Angela Wright (BELOW LEFT) described developments in colour psychology she had made and Don's influence on the subject.
Finally, Neil Parkinson (BELOW) described Don's role in the history of the Colour Reference Library at the RCA .
Light & Colour in Paris
Friday 19 June 2015
Musée de Minérologie
Mines-ParisTech, blvd Saint Michel
|The Musée de Minérologie has a breath-taking display of minerals including many precious stones as well as the mundane like sandstone.
Prof Patrick Callet welcomed the audience (SECOIND ROW - LEFT) to the darker dramatic areas whilst colleague Eloise Gaillou led the tour of the brighter regions.
After the impressive tours, the audience was somewhat awestruck but the rest of the programme was interesting and relevant if not quite so spectacular.
|In the early evening Mirette Hanna (red flower) and Ilona Gault (white flower) gave a brilliant concert of piano music for two and for four hands.
Finally at 21.00 hrs everyone assembled outside the west front of Notre Dame to hear Prof Callet (LEFT) explain his theories on how the setting sun made caustics from the gold leaf that originally lined the statue niches of the kings. These produced aureoles around the heads of the statutes on the Cathedrale as described in his monograph Spectral Simulation for Cultural Heritage (available for download on this site). The timed series (BELOW) of pictures taken every five minutes from 21.15 hrs shows the shadows creeping across the West Face and the expected reddening of the light, but just as the statue niches were to be illuminated as described by Prof Callet, low cloud on the western horizon blocked out the sun - see last two pictures - and a true sun set picture was not obtained.
More photos are available in the Photo Albums under the Miscellaneous tab.
Photos : John Mellerio
Sonia Delaunay Lecture
Wednesday 03 June 2015
Colour Group members were treated to a fantastic and informative lecture in the Starr Auditorium at Tate Modern. Frank Vasset, from Tate Modern, delivered a fluid, eloquent talk about the Russian born Parisian artist, fashion designer, textile artist and wife of Orpheus artist Robert Delaunay. The show was colourful and full of joy representing the first ever British retrospective of this talented cross-disciplinary artist. Demonstrating a vibrancy of spirit, Sonia Delaunay's visual vocabulary of fine art literally seeped into her practice of the decorative arts in a celebration of both colour and joie de vivre.
|After the lecture, the exhibition, and then a chance in the Tate cafe to discuss what had been seen and heard.|
Workshop with David Hornung
Wednesday 20 May 2015
William Road Gallery, 6-7 William Road
London NW1 3ER
|Professor David Hornung (Adelphi University New York) treated us all to an afternoon of Colour Pedagogy at William Road Gallery. This was arranged as part of our 75th anniversary special events. After a fascinating talk about his background at the Rhode Island School of Design and other faculties, he talked about how his book on colour (Colour, A Workshop for Artists and Designers) evolved over the years. He even showed us the early editions. We then were given a tour of his students work to explain his system of teaching. After a colourful tea David gave us a demonstration of colour mixing with his preferred paints and then we worked with his ready made swatches to create our own artworks taking into consideration saturation, hue and value. The whole event ended with a book signing. William Road Gallery proved a fantastic venue for this event and we are very grateful to Raquel Sampson for all of her help.|
| Below are three examples of work produced at the workshop using coloiurs from the Hornung swatches.
PHOTOS: KAREN HALLER