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Upcoming Events

    • 12 Oct 2023
    • 6:00 PM (AWST)
    • 15 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM (AWST)
    • Perth (Western Australia) and online

    You are warmly invited to join in our Colour Society of Australia National Conference for 2023. Registration is open on our registration page at

    Colour Sense and Sensibility will be held in Perth, Western Australia, on October 12-15 of this year, hosted by the CSA Western Australian Division.  It will be a “hybrid” conference where papers can be presented live and pre-recorded, so that our international presenters can share their insights with you no matter where you are by Zoom.  We have 70 “live” places, and many more by Zoom. NOTE: Australian participants will need to make a postal or absentee vote for the Referendum that day.

    Fremantle, Western Australia (Image credit: Kristian Maley, Wikipedia)

    Our conference theme:

    Colour Sense and Sensibility explores the pervasive impact colour in our natural and constructed environments has on our senses and on our emotions and attitudes. Participants consider how their own work involving colour may shape others’ visual experience for communication purposes.

    Our speakers and participants:

    • Designers, artists and other colourists whose work uses scientific or philosophical understanding of colour,
    • Colour educators whose teaching programs span the art-science divide,
    • Scientific, historical and other researchers who believe that their insights about colour have relevance beyond their specialised areas of interest.

    Conference program outline

    DAY ONE: Thursday 12 October: Meet at 6 pm at Bathers Beach, Fremantle, on the seafront behind the Bathers Beach Restaurant. Distribution of Welcome Packs and evening beachside welcome as the sun sinks into the sea.  At 7 pm we have a “meet and greet” dinner at Bathers Beach Restaurant (cost included in Registration Fee for whole-conference participants).  See

    DAY TWO:  Friday 13 October – at the old Fremantle Hotel Ballroom, now part of Notre Dame University, corner High St and Cliff St, Fremantle.

    • 9:00 am: Registration
    • 9:20 am: Welcome to live and Zoom participants, Mike Dixon, CSA National President, and WA Committee
    • 9:30 am: Orientation of our theme, referencing Fremantle’s colours, Tony Marrion
    • 9:45 am: Colours of Objects and Colours of Light, Keynote Speaker and past National President Dr David Briggs 
    • 11:00 am: Art Between Cultures, Deborah Bonar
    • 11:40 am: Psychology of Aesthetics,  Ruth Marrion
    • 1:20 am: The Colour Orange, Juliet Albany
    • 1:40: International Colour Literacy Project, Maggie Maggio, live from Oregon USA and Collette Harrison, live from Manchester UK, with Dr Paul Green-Armytage chairing discussion of the international Colour Literacy Project
    • 3:10 am: Coloured Reflections, Dr Dianne Smith
    • 3:50 am: Salle des Departs (Colours for Discharge Rooms in hospitals), Estelle Guerry

    In the evening:

    • Colour Banquet in our Ballroom venue.  Separately priced, partners welcome to attend.  Details TBA.

    DAY THREE:  Saturday 14 October: The Grove, corner Leake St and Stirling Highway, Peppermint Grove, usual home of the WA Division.  The Library here houses our Book Collection.

    • 9:00 am: Registration
    • 9:30 am: Textile Colours from Plants, Trudi Pollard 
    • 10:10 am: Colours of Fungi, Roz Hart
    • 11:10 am: The Nature of Redness, Natalie O'Connor
    • 11:50 am: Language of Music and Colour Workshop, Tony Marrion
    • 2:00 pm: Colour Games Workshop, Dr Paul Green-Armytage
    • 3.50 pm: Exploring Orange: letting your own creativity shine
    • 4.30 pm: “Thank you” Speeches and Farewell

    Conference close – social drinks at the Albion Hotel opposite our venue.

    DAY FOUR:  Sunday 15th October Optional Sight-seeing in WA:

    For those who would like to see more of WA and each other, we have two colourful outings planned that you can choose from:

    1.  Guided tour of Kings Park Botanic Gardens during our Wildflower Festival, morning or afternoon.  Buy your own lunch, picnic, eat under an umbrella or  at the café or the Restaurant.  Wide city views and War Memorial. 

    2.   Tour of Cypress Farm and Gardens, Waroona. This is a rare opportunity to visit this magical place, deep in the forest south of Perth, and to hear from part-owner and eminent botanist Professor Kingsley Dixon. The garden has a growing collection of native and exotic plants, including waratahs and tree ferns, Japanese maple, roses, orchids and water lilies. It is described as a ‘work in progress’ with the addition of extensive water features and walk trails.

    Kingsley Dixon was the founding Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens and currently has the title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor in the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University. He is known for identifying the chemical component in smoke that plays a key role in the germination of Australian plants. He has also been the first to describe a number of plant species, including the rare sandplain duck orchid that has been named for him: Caleana Dixonii

    Price $70 plus catered picnic lunch. Find out more details here

    Conference pricing 


    Two full days, including Thursday’s welcome dinner and lunches and teas:

    • $240 - members
    • $280 - non members
    • $180 - concession
    • $120 - student

    One full day (Friday or Saturday), including lunches and teas. Thursday evening’s welcome dinner can be added to either day at $70 per person.

    • $75 – student
    • $150 - members
    • $170 - non members
    • $100 - concession

    Friday night “Colour Banquet”: $85.


    • $50 (includes access to recordings after the conference)

    Zoom registrants will be sent the link to the whole day’s program for Friday 13th October shortly before the conference.  You can then decide which sessions you attend from the program outlined here (all times are AWST).


    Registration is open on our registration page at


    If you are flying into Perth there is a train station at the airport, and you can take the train all the way to Fremantle, with one change at Perth Station.  From there you can take a free CAT bus to the nearest stop to your accommodation.

    Car parking in the daytime is very limited.  Try our excellent public transport system to get to Fremantle and Peppermint Grove. Go to to plan your journey.

    Things to see and do in Fremantle: Go to accommodation possibilities.

    There is accommodation in Fremantle for every size of wallet.  Old Fremantle Prison has many styles of accommodation.  Quest apartments would suit a small group.  The Esplanade Hotel is very convenient to our venue.  Booking accommodation in Fremantle is best done as soon as you decide to come.

    The CSA WA Committee looks forward to seeing you in October!  We have 70 “live” places, some of which are already taken.  We suggest you talk to any significant others about coming as soon as possible, then take action on flights and accommodation without delay.  

    Best regards,

    Western Australian Division Committee

Past Events

17 Sep 2023 "Dyes Ancient and Modern" with Dr Mark Liu
27 Aug 2023 "The Colour Circle at the Bauhaus and Beyond" with Michael Mentler
30 Jul 2023 Creating Colour 2: A Practical Guide for Beginner and Intermediate Painters with Dr Jean Pretorius
1 Jul 2023 CSA NSW gallery visit: Francis Giacco (Australian Galleries) and Kerry McInnis (Wagner Contemporary)
25 Jun 2023 "Objectivity in colour experience and the elusiveness of aesthetic description" with Dr Joaquim Marcelino Santos
25 Apr 2023 "Creating Colour 1: Paint Making" with Ulysses Jackson (Golden Artist Colors Inc., USA)
26 Mar 2023 International Colour Day 2023 event: "Controlled Palettes in Painting" with Tristan Elwell (USA)
5 Feb 2023 "Colour in Scientific Imaging and Space” with Dr Balthasar Indermühle
17 Dec 2022 CSA national Annual General Meeting 2022
17 Dec 2022 CSA NSW Division Annual General Meeting 2022
20 Nov 2022 "Making Sense of Ancient Greek Colour Names" with Dr Peter Gainsford (NZ)
2 Oct 2022 CSA NSW webinar: "A Colourful Life" with Linda Jackson AO
24 Jul 2022 CSA July Webinar: "Teaching (and Learning) Color Theory on Tiktok" with Peter Donahue (USA)
18 Jun 2022 CSA NSW June event: Darlinghurst Gallery Walk
29 May 2022 "Painting Light and Form" with Todd Casey (USA)
20 Mar 2022 CSA International Colour Day 2022 event: Progress in Colour Education
5 Dec 2021 CSA December webinar: "Colours of Light: An Emotive Exploration" with designer Ilan El (Melbourne)
29 Nov 2021 CSA national Annual General Meeting 2021
29 Nov 2021 CSA NSW Division Annual General Meeting 2021
31 Oct 2021 CSA NSW October webinar: "A Conversation about Colour" with sculptor and painter Ron Robertson-Swann, hosted by artist Aly Indermühle
25 Sep 2021 CSA NSW September webinar "Concerning the Shape of Color" with Marcia R. Cohen, Professor Emerita SCAD Atlanta (USA)
15 Aug 2021 CSA NSW August webinar: "Light on Painting" with Adrien Lucca (Belgium)
3 Jul 2021 CSA NSW July webinar: "Colour and Composition in Hilma af Klint's Swan Series" with Kristen Tivey
22 Apr 2021 CSA NSW April webinar: "Scandinavian Colour Design of Today" with Berit Bergstrom (Berit Colour Talks, Sweden)
21 Mar 2021 CSA National Conference "Colour Connections" SUNDAY ONLY
20 Mar 2021 CSA National Conference "Colour Connections" SATURDAY ONLY
19 Mar 2021 CSA National Conference "Colour Connections" (OVERVIEW PAGE)
19 Mar 2021 CSA National Conference "Colour Connections" FRIDAY ONLY
19 Mar 2021 CSA National Conference "Colour Connections" (video registration)
20 Dec 2020 CSA National AGM 2020
6 Dec 2020 CSA NSW December webinar: "The Paint Detective" with architectural paint researcher and consultant Patrick Baty (UK)
29 Nov 2020 CSA NSW Division 2020 AGM
27 Sep 2020 CSA NSW September Webinar: "Colour Notes" with abstract painter Dr Liz Coats
22 Jul 2020 CSA NSW July Webinar: A Colour Journey Through the Loire Valley with Virginia Handel
14 Jun 2020 CSA NSW June webinar: Paints and Paint Making with Michael Harding
22 Mar 2020 ICD 2020 event: The Routledge Philosophy of Colour Project
19 Feb 2020 Peter Tasker on "Heritage to Contemporary Projects with Murobond Paints"
4 Dec 2019 CSA NSW End-of-Year Event with Karen Haller on The Little Book of Colour.
28 Nov 2019 CSA National and NSW Division 2019 AGMS
3 Nov 2019 CSA NSW event: Encaustic Painting: History and Contemporary Perspectives with Randal Arvilla
11 Aug 2019 CSA NSW event: Aristotle and the Philosophy of Colour Perception with Professor Mohan Matthen
4 Jul 2019 CSA NSW event: Affect, Motion and Light with Christopher Moulder
29 May 2019 CSA NSW event: Leonardo da Vinci on Colour, Light and Vision with Dr David Briggs
23 Mar 2019 CSA NSW event: International Colour Day with Resene Paints
6 Mar 2019 CSA NSW Sydney Design Festival event, Unlocking the Structure of Colour with David Briggs & Annamaria di Cara
12 Feb 2019 CSA NSW event: Newton's red Hering? with Professor Paul Martin

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