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CSA NSW SEPTEMBER 2017 EVENT: Celebrating Marion Hall Best with
Glen Bowden,
Sunday September 24, 10.30 am,
Museum of Sydney

Dear CSA NSW Division members and friends,
I am pleased to announce that our September 2017 event will be a visit to the Museum of Sydney to see the current exhibition Marion Hall Best: Interiors. Marion Hall Best (1905-1988) is a legendary Australian interior designer famous for her adventurous use of bold colour and her intense disdain for beige. We are privileged to have as an ideal guide former CSA national president Glen Bowden. Also on view at the MOS is “The Other Moderns: European Designers in Sydney”, which highlights the direct connections between Australian modernism and the European design centres of Vienna, Berlin and Budapest. I would be grateful if all members could help to publicize this event outside the society by word of mouth, on social media and by putting up or distributing the promotional poster that can be downloaded here.  
If you haven’t already joined up or renewed your CSA membership I would like to remind you that you can do so at the link at the end of this notice, to be able to attend at special member pricing and to continue your generous support of your society and its ever-growing range of events. In case you missed it in the latest issue of Spectrum, you can see a report on the series of great events we’ve enjoyed in NSW over the year and a half to August by following this link:
A recording of last month’s fascinating CSA NSW webinar by Dr Kristin deGhetaldi (University of Delaware) on Colour Changes in Art: A Closer Look at Pigments and Dyestuffs from an Analytical and Historical Perspective can be viewed on our Facebook page:
I would also like to advise that the Annual General Meeting of the NSW Division of the Colour Society of Australia will be held in conjuction with our October event, a presentation by Associate Professor Liz Williamson at the Elwyn Lynn conference centre, UNSW Art and Design, Paddington, at 6 pm on Wednesday October 18.

Best regards,
David Briggs
Chairperson NSW Division

Celebrating Marion Hall Best with Glen Bowden,
Sunday September 24, 10.30 am,
Museum of Sydney


A Room for Mary Quant, a Marion Best display room from the Rooms on View exhibition, Daily Telegraph Home Centre, Sydney, 1967 (Photo: MOS website)
“Marion Hall Best: Interiors” colourfully charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers, displaying original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes. Best’s career spanned four decades from the mid–1930s, a period of transition from the department store decorators and art furnishers of the 1920s, to the independent professional designers of today. Her interiors vibrated with bold colours and patterns and a signature of her commissioned interiors was her vibrant glazed painted finishes on walls and ceilings. Best introduced the latest of international modernism in design to Australians through her shops in Rowe Street Sydney and Queen Street Woollahra, which were an inspiration to the local design profession.” – from the MOS website
Coinciding with the Marion Hall Best exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, “The Other Moderns: European Designers in Sydneyexplores a forgotten aspect of Australian modernism, highlighting the direct connections between Sydney and the European design centres of Vienna, Berlin and Budapest. Featured in this exhibition are designers including George Korody and Steven Kalmar, cabinetmakers Michael Gerstl and Paul Kafka, and architects Henry Epstein, Hugh Buhrich, Hugo Stossel, and Hans Peter Oser.
Glen Bowden is a distinguished interior designer and a past president of the Colour Society of Australia. Inspired by pioneers of colour application including graphic designer Gordon Andrews, artists David Hockney and Frida Khalo
and glassmaker Dale Chihuly, as well as her early experiences in India, the USA and Mexico, Glen developed a process for creating relevant and appropriate exterior and interior colour palettes for commercial, residential and hospitality development and restoration projects. Her formal studies have included a Graduate Diploma in Design Studies at UTS (Sydney) and a course at Cambridge University on the medieval colour palette.
Sunday September 24, 10.30 am
Museum of Sydney, corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
Street parking plus numerous parking stations (see map below)
No charge apart from museum admission: $12 general, $8 concession, $30 family.
Please register your intention to attend at by Friday September 22.


The Colour Society new membership year commenced on July 1st, so we invite you to renew or join at the link below to be kept up to date with our exciting upcoming events, to be able to attend at special member pricing, and to continue your generous support of your society and its ever-growing range of events and student prizes.


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.
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:


A cross-disciplinary event will be hosted by the Inter-Society Color Council and the International Color Association to honour the pioneering contributions of Albert H. Munsell to the world of colour. This special ISCC/AIC centennial symposium celebrates the past 100 years of the Munsell Color Company's history since its foundation in Boston in February of 1918 and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Albert Munsell in June of 1918. Invited speakers include Mark Fairchild, Roy Berns, Rolf Kuehni, Renzo Shamey, Joy Turner Luke, Margaret Livingstone and Michael Webster (all USA), Roy Osborne (Great Britain), Osvaldo da Pos (Italy), Berit Bergstrom (Sweden) and Paul Green-Armytage and David Briggs (Australia).

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