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    • 27 Sep 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • online
    • 45

    On Balawan, 2019, acrylic on linen

    "At this time I’m recalling a history of circumstances that seem to frame the commitment to a life of colour-work. Perhaps one’s early history sets up an internal rhythm with variations that have visual resonance. Circumstances attune one to polarities needing grounding. Contrasting perceptions and conflicts that are not forgotten, but transformed through the work that one does. All of which leads to colour and light for me, where curiosity about one’s sensory body and place in the environment is repeatedly called to mind".     

    - Liz Coats 

    Dr Liz Coats is an abstract colour painter who has exhibited extensively since the mid-1970s in numerous galleries around Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Japan, China, Denmark and Slovenia. In 1997 she completed a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, (UNSW), with research into kiln-fired painting on glass, and in 2012 she completed a doctorate at the School of Art (ANU), Canberra, including an exegesis titled "Organic growth and form in abstract painting". She has been awarded numerous prizes and grants as well as fifteen Australian and international artists' residencies, and has contributed to numerous academic meetings over the last 25 years.

    Liz works in series’ that explore enduring questions around colour perception. Her paintings are held in numerous private collections and more than thirty public collections, including the Australian National Gallery, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Auckland City Art Gallery. An inclusive work history can be found on her website:

    Interdependence exhibition, Utopia Gallery, 2020

    On Balawan (detail), 2019, acrylic on linen

    Bird’s Eye #9, 1996, glass pigments on float glass


    This event continues a series of webinars presented free of charge by the Colour Society of Australia NSW Division during the covid-19 crisis. Registration is essential and limited to 100 participants worldwide, so early registration is advised. These webinars are open to CSA members and non-members around Australia and the world, but as a reward to our wonderful members we make bookings available to members-only for about a week before they are open to nonmembers, to ensure that no member need miss out on a place provided that they register promptly. (Please note that our June webinar with paint-maker Michael Harding was booked out a full week in advance). Successful registrants will be notified by reply email and will be sent the link and instructions to join the webinar on the Zoom platform shortly before the event. RSVP Deadline Saturday September 26, 5 pm.

    In addition, CSA members have exclusive access to our growing archive of video recordings, lecture slides and other resources from earlier CSA presentations in the Member's Area of the CSA website. A recording of the Virginia Handel's webinar on Colours of the Loire Valley was added to this archive recentlyand we hope to continue to add resources from all of our coming presentations, including this webinar. 

    As previously advised, our August webinar by Annamaria di Cara, Sensory Experience Contours of the Natural and Built Environment had to be cancelled due to a recurrence of a personal challenge that Annamaria faced a few years ago. She hopes to be able to present her webinar at some time in the future.

    We sincerely thank you for your generosity in supporting the CSA through your membership, without which we would be unable to undertake activities such as this free webinar series. If you have not already rejoined for 2020-21 please consider rejoining now  to help us to continue our activities such as this free webinar series. If you've been adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis please don't hesitate to pay the Concession rate for the coming year. 

    • 6 Oct 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 9 Oct 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Popes’ Palace, Avignon, France

    The AIC  2020 Interim Meeting in Avignon. France, will now be held on November 20 and 26-28 as a combination of online and onsite components. For the latest update please check the conference website at




    1st CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – article or poster

    October 7th 2019

    2nd CALL

    January 6th 2020


    April 6th 2020


    June 6th 2020


    August 21th 2020


    August 31th 2020

    • 19 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 21 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • To be confirmed


    On behalf of the Colour Society of Australia, the Organising Committee of the CSA National Conference Sydney 2021 would like to invite you to participate and to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference related to the theme COLOUR CONNECTIONS . . . . . . . . .

    Important dates

    First circular and call for abstracts 04 June 2020
    Submission deadline for abstracts 25 September 2020
    Notification of oral/poster presentation 02 November 2020
    Registration opens 16 November 2020
    Early bird registration deadline 29 January 2021
    General registration deadline 05 March 2021
    Submission of pdf for CSA website (optional) 31 March 2021


    About the conference theme

    The theme Colour Connections acknowledges the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to colour in this era of ever-narrowing specialization. Participants are invited to consider how their own work involving colour may be of interest and of importance in other disciplines, or to critically contrast and perhaps reconcile different specialized approaches to colour within their own discipline. We encourage participation from designers, artists and other colour practitioners whose work references scientific or philosophical understanding of colour, from colour educators whose teaching programs span the art-science divide, and from scientific, historical and other researchers who believe that their insights about colour have relevance beyond their specialized areas of interest.

    As previously advised, the Committee of the NSW Division of the Colour Society of Australia has been monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation in order to decide if plans for the CSA conference, originally scheduled for September of this year, need to be modified. To maximize the chance of successfully holding a live event, the Committee has now resolved to postpone the conference for six months until March 2021. We have further resolved to make a decision in October on whether to proceed with the conference as a live event or to hold it entirely online. Provisionally the dates of the conference will be March 19-21 to coincide with International Colour Day, although this is currently subject to confirmation with our venue.


    Submissions on any colour-related topic are welcome, including but not limited to:

    Colour Vision I Neuroscience I Phenomenology of Colour I Colour Perception and Illusions I Colorimetry | Colour Appearance Models  

    Colour and Language | Psychology of Colour I Colour Aesthetics I Colour Symbolism I Philosophy of Colour

    Colour in Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Communication Design, Product Design, Packaging Design and Marketing I Colour in Photography, Image Processing, Television and Cinema

    Colour in Architecture, Urban Environments, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Stage Design or Lighting Design and Technologies I Colour in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) Environments

    Colour in Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Theatre, Dance, and Music I History of Colour Theory and Practice in the Fine and Applied Arts

    Colour Education in the Arts, Design, Science, Engineering and in Schools I History of Colour Education

    Submission process

    To submit your abstract for consideration for an oral/poster presentation at CSA COLOUR CONNECTIONS SYDNEY 2020, please use the CSA 2021 Abstract Template .docx  and send it, including a one-paragraph biographical note and photograph of the author, to by 25 September 2020. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee and scientific submissions will in addition be anonymously peer-reviewed. Authors will be notified if their abstract has been accepted for poster or oral presentation by 02 November 2020. Accepted abstracts will be published on the CSA website on 28 February 2021.

    Authors of papers accepted for poster or oral presentation at the conference will be invited to submit their presentation either in full or in summary form as a pdf document to be hosted on the CSA website. Submission of this paper will be greatly appreciated but is entirely at the discretion of the author(s). Submission deadline 31 March 2021.

    Copyright & Legal Obligations

    All information in the abstract submission, including author’s names, affiliations, authors order of listing, and the content of abstract, will be used in the conference publications. The contributor carries legal obligations of the abstract; any violation to a third party’s right will be the responsibility of the contributor him/herself.

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