NEXT EVENTS - there is a choice:
1 COLOUR EXPERIENCE
Joint Meeting of CG(GB) &
Society of Dyers & Colourists

with optional Christmas Lunch
Wednesday 07 December 2016

Society of Dyers and Colourists Gallery Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 2PW

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NORTHERN CHAPTER:
2 THE COLOUR RED

Wednesday 07 December 2016

Medical School
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 4WH

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RECENT EVENTS:
NORTHERN CHAPTER:
COLOUR MATTERS
Private Viewing, Artists' Talks

09 November 2016Exhibit being viewed

The first (official) event of The Colour Group (GB) Northern Chapter (that's quite the mouthful isn't it?) was wrapped up after a successful exhibition and private view! Around 40 people were welcomed into the Newbridge Project annex space, all with a common interest in creative practice centred around colour use. The artists with work on display were ALEX CHARRINGTON, SUSI BELLAMY, THERESA POULTON, HELEN SCHEL and MICHAEL CHIPPENDALE. They all have a particular relationship with the use of colour which they described at the private view.


COLOUR GROUP AWARDS MEETING:
Palmer & WDW Awards

02 November 2016

the speakers
Two WDW 2016 Award winners, Catarina Joao (LEFT) and Panos Andrikopoulos (2nd FROM RIGHT) presented their talks - as did two Palmer Award winners, Qianqian Pan (FAR RIGHT) who got the 2016 award and Keith Findlater (2nd FROM LEFT) who had the 2015 award but could not present to the CG(GB) before. The awardees were under the guiidance of the Colour Mentor, Prof Graham Finlayson (CENTRE ABOVE & RIGHT). Questions, spirited answers and tea enlivened the afternoon. Finlayson


CAROTENOIDS AND COLOUR VISION:
Protective function and effects on visual performance
26 October 2016 MPOD on retina

Carotenoid geeks gathered to hear the latest on macular pigment - what is it made of, where is it and what does it do.
Tony Robson described how he and and Jack Moreland measured MPOD (macular pigment optical density, the universal measure of how much pigment is present) across the retina from central fovea to the periphery.
Mike Powner explained the chemistry behind macular pigment, that is of lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-xeazanthin, and how it dealt with reactive oxygen species which result from high rates of metabolism in the retina. Irene Ctori described her survey oif MPOD in different ethnic groups Ethnicity, she said, explained about 10% of MPOD variance but she had found no correlation with gender.
Marisa Rodriguez-Carmona had measured contrast sensitivity and chromatic sensitivity to see if they varied with MPOD during a trial where the subjects were given supplements. She found some changes and developed an explanatory model.
Finally, John Barbur showed a clip from the TV programme by Micheal Mosely that had caused the meeting to be organised. In this MM took carotenoid supplements and some of his visual function improved. The audience fell to heated discussion on various aspects of ocular carotenoids but especially about the wisdom of supplementation.


PROGRESS IN COLOUR STUDIES (PICS 2016)
University College London (UCL)
14–16 September 2016

The fourth conference on 'Progress in Colour Studies' (PICS 2016) was held at University College London (UCL), 14–16 September 2016. It was a highly successful event, with 36 speakers and 30 poster authors presenting, over three days, their varied work in the fields of colour perception, cognition, linguistics, design and architecture ( see RIGHT). There was a novel and complimentary set of activities for delegates to enjoy which included a colour workshop (BELOW) in the poster session area organised by a CG(GB) member. looking at poster
painting corner Alongside the colour workshop were many copies of colour books, some privately owned, of interest for sharing. Some were recently published by CG(GB) members and some were from publishers who were offering discounts to delegates. Some book authors generously brought extra copies of their recent publications which they gave away to those delegates who showed an interest.


NEWS
Book Cover

A VERY PLANETARY BOOK COVER

M ichel Albert-Vanel's book Planetary Colour System (PCS) is now published in English and the image above is of the cover.
The author has lectured for more than 30 years at l"Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and gave a presentation at the CG(GB) on Colours in India in April 2014. The PCS is a colour-order system which has been shown to be effective in various applications such as the classification of paintings and images. It helps the user's understanding of the art and can become a powerful creative tool.
The book is only available from the author by email: albert-vanel@wanadoo.fr. The cost is 49€ + 20€ (postage to UK).
01-12-16


Santa red and green

THE COLOUR OF CHRISTMAS - EVEN SANTA IS UNSURE

W hy are the 'colours of Christmas' red and green'? Who said Santa should be red? Coca-Cola? Dr Spike Bucklow last year presented his ideas in Cambridge. It is, it seems, those pesky old medievals who are to blame. Check it out and enjoy your pud with a piece of green holly with red berries come the 25th.
21-11-16



stripcolour wheel

WHAT COLOURS ON OUR HOME PAGE?

T he strip on the left that runs down for some way is an analysis of what colours appear on our Home Page, the length of a colour being the proportion of colours on the page. Another way to show our 'colours' is above right where the colours used are shown on the colour wheel. The analysis is by http://webcolourdata.com and their site is worth a visit where you will see Hacker News pages are mainly friendly orange and those of Printerest annoyingly red.
08-11-16


BAFTSS

WHAT DOES BAFTSS STAND FOR?

W ell, the letters stand for British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies and they want to form a Special Interest Group on Colour and Film. Colour and Film thus encompasses, but is not limited to, questions of film making, exhibition, archives, film history and analyses from early film to narrative cinemas and experimental film, genre, theories of subjectivity, colour and affect, sexuality and philosophy. The Group welcomes members interested in all aspects of Colour and Film, its history, theories, preservation and aesthetics, so far including scholars, filmmakers, archivists and film conservation specialists. Find out more from their web pages.
Anybody know what the background for the BAFTSS image is? Very very small prize for the first correct answer.
07-11-16


gender choice

GENDER COLOUR CHOICE

A recent blog by Kissmetrics summarises earlier work by Joe Hallock with some great graphics, one of which (see above) summarises nicely the situation at home during a recent spell of redecoration. Any chaps out there as confused by egg plant and lavender as I am?
(30-10-16)


book cover

ENCYCLOPEDIA of COLOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The eagerly awaited encyclopedia is now published by Springer. It is edited by Ronnie Luo and the publishers state that it provides an authoritative single source for understanding and applying the concepts of color to all fields of science and technology. As you would expect with a work of this magnitude, it's not cheap but for colour nuts and libraries this is a must-have volume. Find out more here.
18-09-16


deviceCG(GB) NOW HAS A NORTHERN CHAPTER

The Colour Group now has a Northern Chapter that meets in Newcastle but plans to cover events in Northumberland, Durham, Teeside and Sunderland for now. Its programme is tuned to this region of the UK and although it has its own members who are part of the Colour Group, entry to meetings by other Group members and the public, if appropriate, is encouraged. More info soon but see the initial programme under the Up Coming Events tab where the NC meetings are backed in turquoise.
Join the Colour Group and tell us you are interested in the Northern Chapter.
16-08-16


Ankh blurbnCARAVAN and the ANKH

CARAVAN is an international and interreligious peacebuilding arts non-profit / NGO that originated in 2009 in Cairo, Egypt, addressing the increasing chasm of discord and misunderstanding that exists between the cultures and creeds of Middle East and the West.
It organises events - latest is of decorated Ankh at a workshop run by CG(GB) member Shirine Osseiran at the Soho Parish Primary School. The exhibition was at St Jame's Piccadilly, W1J 9L.Ankh workshop
Check out Caravan and its works.
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DATE 21 November 2016