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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

Have you heard about the 1692 book by A. Boogert?
Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l'eau
Sample page It's about making water colour paint and all that. The story of how a Dutch Medieval book historian at Leiden University stumbled upon it can be seen here.


Gruppo del Colore - X Colour Conference

Thursday and Friday 11 - 12 September 2014

Joint meeting with:

Details of the event here

Genoa lighthouse

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 Chrisopher 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 investigtion 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 discussfiner points of heraldry.
LEFT: A mug with the new Arms is brandished.
BELOW LEFT: The Chairman discussses the design of her Chairman's jewel with Raph 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 apears 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

Colour in Fashion and Design
Wednesday 05 February 2014
City University, London EC1V 0HB

Rain 1 Tube strike notice rain 2
There are few things worse than wind and rain and a transport strike that meeting organisers fear. For this Colour in Fashion and Design meeting there were all three but 55 brave people made it to the meeting and heard the speakers deliver their informative presentations. There was plenty of time for networking over a cuppa and (several) cakes which included the famous City University mini-muffins.
Details of the talks may be found here.
networking 1 networking 2
cakes cakes

Annual One Day Colour Vision Meeting
Wednesday 08 January 2014
Institute of Ophthalmology, Bath Street, London EC1V 9EL

It is now quite a tradition to have a colour vision meeting in January every year and 2014 was no exception. The theatre was full, the lecturers were brilliant and entertaining and their slides were superb.

Jenny Bosten Steve Shevell Hannah Smithson
Jenny Bosten (University of Cambridge) told us what white was. Steve Shevell (University of Chicago) delivered the Palmer Lecture and is seen here examining his illuminated scroll. Hannah Smithson (University of Oxford) was concerned with volumetric scatter and absorption of light.
Lunch before The picture on the left shows what lunch looked like before and on the right what it looked like after. Lunch after
Bevil Conway Jamie ward Neil Parry
Bevil Conway (Wellesley College, USA) was the CRS Sponsored Lecturer and discussed colour circuits in the inferior temporal cortex. Jamie Ward (University of Sussex) revealed some of the secrets of synaesthesia. Neil Parry (University of Manchester) considered the blue-yellow inhomgeities of the retina.
Roland Baddeley Below we see the common sight of a lecturer struggling to get the computer to talk to the projector - here it is our Palmer Lecturer. Sam Solomon
Roland Badeley (University of Bristol) told us of his ideas on real world constancy (and PIGs). Shevell and Macbook Sam Solomon (UCL) was on home ground and described early chromatic pathways of the primate.

Colour Group Christmas Colour Caper
Wednesday 04 December 2013
The Colour Makes People Happy Store, London SE22 8EQ

Down in East Dulwich some CG members and friends found the Happy Store which is narrow but goes back and back and back. Therein was a collection of many things to do with colour, paint and Holland. The Dutch connexion is because Holland has an enormous paint industry and supplies, indirectly, most of Europe's paints. Knowing this, the coloured clogs and windmills were explained.
The highlight of the afternoon was when everybody tried the paint wheel: the pictures show Chairman Valérie Bonnardel apparently attempting to make a new logo for the Colour Group. Was she successful?

Making a colour picture The spun picture

Blue lights: benefits, hazards and sensitivities
Wednesday 06 November 2013, City University

The room was packed to hear about some of the new ideas about blue light - it drives many visual and non-visual responses but what are the mechanisms and effects it produces? The audience learnt about melanopsin, where it is found, the neural circuits involved and how, for example, sleep/wake cycle are synchronised even in blind individuals. After tea, colour prefernces took over and it seems blue is especially important and a colour favoured in many cultures. Is blue light arousing? The dangers of making generalisations was discussed from the point of view of a possible evolutionary trend for blue.

Howard Anya Hurlbert
Howard M Cooper (Bron, France) - ABOVE LEFT - gave the talk before tea and Anya Hurlbert (Newcastle, UK) - ABOVE RIGHT - talked after tea. BELOW - Anya and John Mellerio (who had given in introductory lecture) tackle the usual problems of getting one computer to talk to another with, apparently, wild if unconvincing success.
Anya & John
NOTE: It is hoped to have versions of the presentations available on the meeting page soon - keep your eyes peeled.

Palmer and CRS Awards Meeting
Wednesday 09 October 2013, City University
The first CRS Award winner and the six Palmer Award winners described their work as presented at meetings in 2013 - see details here.

Award Winners group photo

The photo shows, left to right, Min-Ho Jung, Dr Vien Cheung in lieu of Chryslida Kitsara who could not attend, Yiting Duan, Marjan Vazirian, Christopher Witzel, Lydia Whitaker the CRS Award Winner, and Melissa Olen.


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