Colour Society Of Australia


CSA NSW Sydney Design Festival event, Unlocking the Structure of Colour with David Briggs & Annamaria di Cara

  • 6 Mar 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Albion Centre, Surry Hills,

In several important ways colour education today presents not a simplified but a fossilized version of our current understanding of colour. Various factors have limited the access of colour educators to scientific developments, with the result that in art and design contexts colour is routinely presented in a mid-19th century framework of red, yellow and blue “primary colours”, secondary and tertiary colours, and so on. Dr David Briggs will survey the historical development of “colour theory” and show how notions like the traditional primary colours should not be simply dismissed as wrong but should be understood as important steps on the way to our current understanding. Then in our second presentation Annamaria di Cara FDIA will take a close look at a very important conceptual framework of colour, the Scandinavian Natural Colour System (NCS), that has found widespread application internationally in many areas of design.

Dr David Briggs is a Lecturer at the National Art School, Julian Ashton Art School and the University of Technology Sydney, Vice President and NSW Divisional Chair of the Colour Society of Australia, and author of the colour education website “The Dimensions of Colour”. Annamaria di Cara FDIA has run a design consultancy service since 1994 and has been a Lecturer and Tutor at TAFE Sydney Institute, Enmore Design Centre since 2000.  She is Education Officer for the Colour Society of Australia and is the Australian representative on the AIC Study Group on Colour Education.

Wednesday March 6, Albion Centre, Ground Floor, 349 Crown Street (entry corner of Albion and Crown Streets), Surry Hills. The Albion Centre is a short bus ride or about ten-minute walk from Central Station and is very well served by bus routes in Crown, Albion and nearby streets. Pre-booking essential Tickets: $30 non-members/ $20 CSA members/ $15 students, including light refreshments. RSVP Monday March 4 at

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