Monday to Wednesday 19 - 21 March 2018
BFI Southbank and Birkbeck
University of London

Wednesday 04 April 2018
City University London, Northampton Square
London, EC1V 0HB

Newton Medal Presentation & Lecture
The Randomness of Colour
Prof David Foster
Wednesday 7 February 2018
City University, London
David Foster
The photo shows CG(GB) Chairman, Elza Tancheva-Burge, presenting the Newton Medal to Professor David Foster (Manchester University) after his lecture on the randomness of colour and before the reception to mark the occasion.

Colour Vision Meeting & Palmer Lecture
and CRS Sponsored Lecture
Wednesday 10 January 2018
City University, London

Professor Janus J. Kulikowski, Emeritus Professor of Visual Neuroscience at the University of Manchester, gave this year's Palmer Lecture on Chips in daylight: Hue perception and colour constancy. Prior to Janus's presentation, Professor David Foster (University of Manchester) gave a brief introduction to Janus's seminal achievements in vision science, ranging from the identification of transient and sustained visual detection mechanisms to the use of Visually Evoked Potentials to characterise the magno- and the parvocellular pathways in the visual system.

Janus's Palmer lecture – delivered by his long-term collaborator Dr. Jeremiah Kelly – (see photo on left) concentrated on his more recent work on colour constancy and how it depends on media (surface colours vs. self-luminous lights) and the adaptational state of the observer.

Lunch, Tour and Inspection National Science and
Media Museum

Monday 04 December 2017

A behind-the-scene tour of the National Science and Media Museum Archive in Bradford. Our members had the opportunity to visit the Collections and Research Centre.
projector ribbon
LEFT: Capturing Colour – embrace both film and digital media via a wide range of equipment including camera systems, lenses, magic lanterns and televisions..

ABOVE: Tartan Ribbon – considered the first durable colour photographic image made by the three-colour method James Clerk Maxwell first suggested in 1855
mmag glass Japan
ABOVE LEFT: hand-coloured transparencie.
ABOVE RIGHT: Journey in Japan – an album with hand-coloured black-and-white photographs

Student Award Meeting
Wednesday 01 November 2017
In a plush new theatre complex over a gym in the Goswell Road, about five minutes walk south of the main City University campus in Northampton Square, the AnnualStudent Awards meeting took place.
This is an important event in the Colour Group diary where those who were given financial support are able to desrcibe their work to Group members.
This is regarded as contributing to the educational aims of the Group. More details and a link to download abstracts may be found here.
award winners
Above you see the handsome crew. From left to right:
Amanda Hardman, and Dimitris Mylonas (WDW Awards), Dr Maria Olkkonen (Colour Mentor), Robert Lee (Palmer Award), Stacey Aston (WDW Award), Nathan Masters (Student Poster Award) & Becky Gooby (WDW Award).

Colour Vision Assessment and the Use of Colour in Clinical Practice
Wednesday 11 October 2017
City University London, EC1V 0HB

The new series of public events for the 2017-2018 seasons had a good start with an event in the City University, London. It was organised by Dr Catherine Suttle (School of Optometry and Visual Science). This seminar focused on the use of colour for prevention and treatment of conditions encountered by the eye care practitioner. Various topics were discussed amongst which were the use of coloured overlays and lenses for reading difficulty, and the use of short wavelength filters. Both of these interventions are widely applied in practice yet both are controversial. The photo shows the team facing the audience in a Q & A session.

the team

A full report is available as a PDF here (about 100kb).

NEWS statue


The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, Maine, USA) has developed a technique using a projector to give visitors an impression of what 3,000-year old Assyrian stone reliefs would originally have looked like in full colour. The work is reminiscent of that described to the CG(GB) in 2013 by Patrick Callet (Paris) - see Spectral Simulation for Cultural Heritage, CG Occasional Publication number 3, which may be downloaded.



The Bishop
"How we explored medieval theories of colour through glass"

This is the title of an article about a new exhibition which is based on the ideas of what colour is as put forward in the 13th century by Bishop Grosseteste. Get yourself a piece of history and click the link.


What was the Northern Chapter of the CG(GB) has formed the Colour Collective UK and is holding its first event on 21 February 2018 at 14.00 - 16.00hrs in the Design School of Northumbria University, Newcastle. The title is Colour Interiors. All welcome. Queries to Susi Bellamy



It seems the great lizards did exhibit surface colours but not quite in the way a good Colour Group members might wish with high chromatic values from across the spectral gamut like our trichromatic friend here. Bone up on the real research in Current Biology (here) or a simpler version from ABC (here).

RGB bacteria


In a study published in Nature Chemical Biology, MIT researchers manipulated E coli genes so that they respond when illuminated by red, green, or blue light they fluoresce red, green or blue. So a coloured image projected onto a bacterial mat causes the bacteria to emit red, green or blue light thus becoming a living display. This won't replace LED or plasma screens but is a useful step on the road to fully understanding gene manipulation. If you can stomach the breathless journalism you can read more at on the ARS Technic UK web pges or better, read the original.


Iguess you all know what the Pantone Color of 2017 is - see left. If you want to see a feast of green visit the Pantone web pages by clicking here.
But can you remember what the colour of the year was in 2010? The table below will jog your reluctant memory. 28-04-17
Pantone table


The history of printing is not in black and white. Colour played an essential role in print culture even before Gutenberg printed his Bible, but it has long been hidden in plain sight because colour printing is rarely recorded. old colour print
This interdisciplinary, introductory course provides an overview of colour printing techniques in the West from manual techniques c.1400 through the development of chromolithography in the mid-1800s.
The Institute of English Studies, University of London, is offering this week-long course running 10 to 14 July as part of the London Rare Books School (LRBS), with reduced fees for students. Further details at here. Other courses at this year's LRBS can be found here: here.

biomimetics logo

at Imperial College:
CG(GB) Sponsors Prizes

The CG(GB) has agreed to sponsor two student prizes for the meeting at IC. The meeting is described so:
Ever since humans contemplated replicating the flight of birds, biomimetics has sought solutions to complicated problems by examining how Nature, with the advantage of several millions of years of evolution, has tackled them before. Nowhere is this more apparent than in optics where some of the rich optical behaviour presented through evolutionary nano-structuring can now be replicated to our advantage in the laboratory. Structural colouration of morpho butterfly wings, for example, was recently commercialized to produce interferometric modulation to define pixel colouration in displays.
Click for more details of the meeting.

DATE 15 March 2018