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To get involved with the Colour Society of Australia: New South Wales Division, please enter your details here to be subscribed to our mailing list. This will keep you up to date with upcoming events.

You can also apply and pay to become a member here. This will grant you access to our CSA magazine, Spectrum.

The (approximately) monthly events of the NSW Division for 2019 will be added here as they are announced. You can also subscribe to news of all upcoming CSA events around Australia by "liking" our Facebook page found here.

Upcoming Events

    • 14 Jun 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Online webinar (free)

    "I make my Artist Oil Paints with colour intensities that artists experienced before the 1840s. This was when the invention of the collapsible tube led to mass production and gradual dilution of quality. Mass-produced paints of today are pale imitations of the colours that artists before the 1840s were able to either make themselves or purchase from a colour man. The main criteria of these colourmen were the quality of the paint and not undercutting the competition."  - Michael Harding

    You are invited to join us for a free webinar hosted by the NSW Division of the Colour Society of Australia in which accomplished painter and NSW Committee member Sally Ryan will interview our special guest, premium artists' paints manufacturer Michael Harding, speaking from Boston, Massachusetts.

    Michael Harding was born and raised in Kent, England, and is a Fine Arts college graduate and a distinguished Fellow of The Royal Society of British Artists. Dissatisfied with the quality of the commercial artists' paints available to him as a student he exhaustively researched the methods used to create the Old Masters' oil paints and began to grind his own. He founded his company Michael Harding Art Materials Ltd in London in 1982, and continues to hand formulate and make over eighty-eight oil colours. Michael has a number of signature colours including some rarely available traditional paints like genuine Lapis Lazuli, Chinese Vermilion, Rose Madder, Naples Yellow and Stack Lead White, made using the Dutch stack process of clay pots, horse dung and lead!

    Sally Ryan is an Australian painter and portrait artist living and operating in Sydney. Her style is best described as contemporary realism with an emphasis on portraiture although her practice includes all genres of painting. Sally has been recognized in competitions across Australia and internationally, and was awarded Signature Status by the Portrait Society of America in 2018. Her work can be seen on her website Sally joined the Committee of the CSA NSW Division in late 2019.

    If you have any questions for Michael, you are encouraged to submit them to us in advance by email - we will try to cover them during the interview if at all possible. If time allows, there will be further Q&A immediately after the interview.

    Date: Sunday, 14 Jun 2020

    Time: 11:00 AM (UTC+10:00),

    11:00 AM (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne),

    10:30 AM (Adelaide),

    9.00 AM (Perth),

    9:00 PM, 13 Jun (Boston, MA)

    This webinar is free to Colour Society of Australia members and nonmembers, but registration is essential and limited to 100 participants worldwide, so early registration is advised. Successful registrants will be sent the link and instructions to join the webinar on the Zoom webinar platform shortly before the event.

    It's not clear yet when we can resume our program of live events in NSW as this will depend not only on legal restrictions but also on the policies of our venues. However at least until our live events resume we intend to continue with a regular series of free webinars that will be open to all CSA members, as well as nonmembers around Australia and the world. For the benefit of those members who cannot join our webinars live we aim to make recordings available in the Members' Area of the CSA website whenever possible.

    • 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 01 June 2020
    Second circular and call for abstracts 06 July 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 (to be issued shortly) and send it, along with 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 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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