Colour Society Of Australia


International Colour Day events from the CSA WA Division and around the world

  • 23 Mar 2024
  • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM (AWST)
  • The Grove Library meeting room, corner of Stirling Hwy & Leake St, Peppermint Grove


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Financial members of our Western Australian Division are invited to a celebration of International Colour Day 2024 at The Grove Library meeting room on Saturday, 23 March 2024, 10.30am - 4pm. The event will include a presentation and workshop with Nancy Ballesteros, followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Division and a planning meeting to set the agenda of meetings for the rest of the year and into 2025This free event includes a catered lunch. For catering purposes, would you please email Ruth Marrion at to record your attendance, by Thursday, 21st March.

If you are not yet a CSA member but would like to join to attend this event and perhaps become involved in the activities of the WA Division, you can join today at and take advantage of our special deal of membership to June 30, 2025 for the price of one-year's membership.

About the presenter, Nancy Ballesteros:

"For me, creating colour is my bliss. It’s where I can let go of the realities of running a small business and be free. It’s my absolute passion.

Of course the path to happiness is never a straightforward one. And I’ll admit the decade I spent studying geology and veterinary science may not be ‘normal’ for someone who lives and breathes colour. But then again, being able to create a specific colour is a science, so maybe it was all part of my destiny.

Losing myself in colour formulas is a self-confessed addiction! I’ve been known to spend days hand-dyeing and washing numerous samples before the perfect colour comes to life. It’s a slow, but thoroughly enjoyable process. And being a perfectionist, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

For over a quarter of a century we’ve hand-dyed all of our wool and silks. It’s the best, and in my opinion, only way to achieve the stunning depth of colour we’re famous for".


Phyllis Shillito and her Colour Curriculum 1945-79

And please don't forget our other International Colour Day 2024 event, held jointly by the CSA NSW Division and Museums of History NSW, and centred on the colour curriculum of pioneering Sydney-based colour and design educator Phyllis Shillito (1895-1980), on March 20, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM AEDT.

Student exercise painted in gouache by Eva Fay at the Shillito Design School, 1976/77.

In-person attendees at the Caroline Simpson Library (behind the Sydney Mint,10 Macquarie St, Sydney) will examine the impressive collection of student exercises and notes created by Eva Fay FDIA as a student at the Shillito Design School in the late 1970's, and donated in January this year to the Library, alongside earlier Shillito portfolios from the CSL and private collections. In addition, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, three presentations will establish the context of Shillito's teaching of colour, with some time for questions and comments from the live audience. Dr Catriona Quinn will examine the broader context of Phyllis Shillito’s impact on technical education and its relationship to the dynamic development of the Australian interior design profession. Jocelyn Maughan OAM, who studied colour directly under Shillito at East Sydney Technical College in 1956, will share her recollections of Shillito and give a critical assessment of Shillito’s approach to colour. And Dr David Briggs will discuss research he conducted jointly with Eva Fay that documented the direct influence of theorists Munsell, Ostwald, Maitland Graves, and especially H.B. Carpenter on Shillito's colour curriculum. Online attendees will be able to watch the three presentations and hear the discussion with the live audience via Zoom. For full details go to


AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design ICD 2024 event  Online seminar Colorful Landscape / Vibrant City Wednesday, 13 March 2024, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM GMT

Part I: Invited Speakers

Mira Engler, Ph.D. Emerita Professor of Landscape Architecture
Zena O'Connor, Ph.D. Colour Consultant, Researcher and Designer
Beichen Yu, Ph.D. Researcher, Designer and Landscape Architect
Leah Rosenberg, Painting and Installation Artist, Colorist

Part II: Discussion moderated by Verena M. Schindler, Art & Architectural Historian and Juan Serra Lluch, Ph.D. Architect, Assistant Professor at UPV

Organized by Beichen Yu jointly with Verena M. Schindler and Juan Serra Lluch, Chairs of the Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (SG ECD) of the International Colour Association (AIC), and the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.



ICA-Belgium Sunday Morning Colour Talk

17 March 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CET - online


Deutsches Farbenzentrum e. V. (DZF) ICD 2024 event

Shades of HERstory: Exploring Women's Influence on Colour Through History with Dr. Alexandra Loske and Brece Honeycutt

21 March 2024, 8:00 - 10:00 PM CET - online

Free Registration at


Stiftelsen Svenskt Centrum ICD 2024 event

Talk by Sophie Smallhorn

21 March 2024, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CET - online

Registration: Anmälan Stiftelsen Färgcentrum


Out of The Blue? Colour as Strategic Tool in The Built Environment to Engage With The Community

The Colour Research Society of Canada will celebrate International Colour Day 2024 with Keynote Guest Speaker, Udo Schliemann, who will focus on colour's use in branding, signage, and building identification for cultural centres, public buildings, and the workplace environment.

March 21, 2024, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT


Colour & Poetry: A Symposium is a cross- and inter-disciplinary virtual event held annually by the Slade School of Fine Art. Colour & Poetry: A Symposium VI takes place on the March 21-22, 2024. Booking link:

The event is a celebration of International Colour Day, World Poetry Day and World Pigment Day. The symposium hosts a range of speakers representing the arts and humanities, science, and industry, drawing upon knowledge from within and outside of the UCL community.

An online exhibition, to accompany the event, The Nomenclature of Colours III, will be online 21-22 March 2024 curated by Stephanie Nebbia.


ISCC/AIC Colour Literacy Project Forum: Colour in Context Part 1

FRIDAY MARCH 22, 11:00AM-12:15PM ET

To celebrate International Colour Day, the ISCC/AIC Colour Literacy Project is kicking off its next Forum series: Colour in Context. In this series, we will explore how the spatial, philosophical, cultural and historical contexts all affect the ways we perceive colours. Part 1 focuses on how the spatial juxtaposition and illumination impact colour perception, and the challenges we face when attempting to reconcile objective reality and subjective perception.

With: Harald Arnkil (Visual artist, Colour researcher & Author of Colours in the Visual World) & Valtteri Arstila (Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Philosophy, University of Turku).

Booking link:

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