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Colour Society of Australia NSW Division March 2017 event,
Visual Dictionary of Colour 
National Art School, Sydney,
Tuesday March 21st, 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Dear NSW Division members,

I am pleased to announce that our March event celebrating International Colour Day 2017 will be the opening of an exhibit entitled Visual Dictionary of Colour at the National Art School, Sydney. The exhibit will include painted illustrations, photographs, three-dimensional models and other works made by NAS undergraduate students in a workshop I conducted there in Drawing Week at the start of this year. The student works will be supplemented by some of my own digital illustrations made for a forthcoming publication and for some very recent additions to my website The Dimensions of Colour ( Plenty of signage and an introductory talk by myself at 6.30 pm should make this an educational as well as an enjoyable evening.
This event could interest many outside the Colour Society, and I would be very grateful if all members, and in particular teachers and lecturers, could spread word about it in any way they can. A promotional poster suitable for handing out or putting up on noticeboards may be downloaded here.
Stay tuned for an exciting series of monthly events throughout 2017, including our 30th anniversary celebration dinner on the 10th May!

Best regards,
David Briggs
Chairperson NSW Division

Colour Society of Australia NSW Division March 2017 event, Visual Dictionary of Colour, National Art School, Sydney, Tuesday March 21st, 6.00 – 8.00 pm:

Visual Dictionary of Colour workshop, National Art School, February 2017
Effective thinking and communication about colour depends on the existence of a mutually agreed and unambiguous vocabulary. For fundamental terms relating to what colour is and how it can be described and specified, by far the most comprehensive and authoritative standard is the International Lighting Vocabulary of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE). However the verbal CIE definitions, including those of the six fundamental perceived colour attributes of hue, brightness, lightness, colourfulness, chroma and saturation, are difficult for non-specialists to understand without additional explanation and illustration. In addition, the CIE definitions do not cover many terms relating to applied colour that are important to artists and designers. For such terms we often must acknowledge a number of conflicting usages associated with different traditions.
Our March event celebrating International Colour Day for 2017 is the opening of an exhibit on the theme “Visual Dictionary of Colour”. The bulk of the works to be exhibited were produced by students at the National Art School in a workshop that I conducted there in Drawing Week at the start of this year. The brief of the workshop was to contribute to an exhibition illustrating specific colour-related terms using media of the students’ choice including drawing, painting, photography, digital illustration and 3D models. The student works will be supplemented by some digital illustrations made by myself for a chapter on Colour Spaces for a forthcoming book, and for some recent additions to my website The Dimensions of Colour ( As at last year’s ICD event there will be extensive signage to guide visitors through the display, and I will be giving an introductory talk at 6.30 pm.
The Colour Society is extremely grateful to Head of Drawing Dr Maryanne Coutts for making a space available at NAS to hold this event. Following the opening at 6.00 pm on Tuesday March 21 the exhibit will remain open through to Friday March 24. Please note that the display will not be accessible before 6.00 pm on the Tuesday.
David Briggs, Chairperson, NSW Division


Tuesday 21st March, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Mezzanine, Room 16.1.1, First Floor, Building 16, National Art School, Darlinghurst (see map below)
Street parking only
Pre-booking essential at

Tickets: $30 non-members/ $20 members/ $15 all students and NAS staff, including light refreshments. RSVP Sunday March 19.

Illustration for The Dimensions of Colour (

A Colour Society National Photo Contest will be launched at the March event and via social media on International Colour Day.

The theme will be “How Does Green Speak To You?”. We have some excellent prizes lined up and will post more details on our social media channels shortly.

If you haven’t already liked our Facebook page, please do so you are up to date with the launch of the contest. We encourage you to contribute an entry and make your colleagues, family and friends aware of it too.

Wednesday, May 10 at 6.30pm for our 30 Year Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Venue and other details will be advised in the coming weeks. 

The 13th AIC Congress (AIC 2017) will take place on October 16~20, 2017 at the International Convention Center, Jeju Island, Korea and will include celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AIC.
PLEASE NOTE: The abstract submission deadline has been extended to February 28.
Also, two special exhibitions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AIC will be run during the congress: “Color and Culture” which will provide an opportunity for each member country of AIC to display their artworks that can bring their vision, concepts, and ideas in color and culture, and ‘Brilliant Memories of AIC for last 50 Years’ which will show images, photographs, thoughts, and impressions on International Color Association (AIC) since its start in 1967.
Please visit the official webpage below for more detailed information:

Invited editor: Ingrid Calvo Ivanovic
CALL FOR PAPERS Closing date: March 15, 2017
This call is an invitation to appreciate the role of color in both the reflexive production of design and in its discussion. Opening the individual and disciplinary eyes to color is a challenge, which implies knowing it and seizing its essential potential. Affirming the predominance of color, on other
elements of morphology, supposes to rethink a historical disciplinary paradigm. Thus, this critical reflection may contribute to education and practice in design, so that relativity could prevail on the absoluteness; the brevity of appearance over the eternity of form; the sensitive impression over the rational empire.

More information:, Ingrid Calvo Ivanovic
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