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Upcoming Events

    • 25 Jun 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    The next event presented by the CSA NSW Division will be a free webinar on Sunday June 25  at 7.00 pm AEST by Dr Joaquim Marcelino Santos (Lusíada University, Lisbon), who will speak on Objectivity in colour experience and the elusiveness of aesthetic description. The session will be hosted by CSA Past President Annamaria di Cara. Registration is open now for CSA members and on July for non-members. Please help us to spread word of this event by sharing our posts on the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the Colour Society of Australia, or by passing on the following link to your friends, colleagues and students:

    And please stay tuned for further events of the NSW Division, a gallery walk in the Paddington area being organized by NSW Division committee member Kerry O'Donnell for Saturday July 1, and the next of our series of Creating Colour webinars later in July. We haven't had a CSA NSW Division event in May, but NSW Division Chair Dr David Briggs gave an invited webinar on The Elements of Colour for the Design Institute of Australia on May 18, a recording of which can be viewed at

    "Colour is a multifaceted phenomenon which in cognitive terms makes it multi-referential, and this dynamic phenomenon is to be found in art of any era. With the focus on sensing colour in perceiving an artwork, colour is revealed as a changeable phenomenon, relative to the private identity and culture of the artist and of the perceiver.

    An artwork is never just an arrangement of colours, of well-defined different parts but rather, consists of colours in a certain arrangement. The first framework is abstract and typically requires rules and models which enable the reading and bringing together of all loose parts which may include form, space, time, and colour....

    Colour is embodied in and by the imagistic character of the artwork and brings forth the idea that images are essential when describing an artwork, and colour must have a role in such description. The aesthetic experience of the artwork might be objective, but its description becomes elusive. We may then appeal to an imaginary cognitive performance that will be selective and thus partial when looking for the grounding of appearances by means of descriptions". - Dr Joaquim Marcelino Santos

    In his presentation Joaquim will explore how both aesthetic experience and its description may be bound by elements such as fashion, the spirit of age, culture, or other, that can not only determine how we experience objects but also the way we describe them. 

    Dr Joaquim Marcelino Santos is an Architect and Professor at the Lusíada University, Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Lisbon, where he lectures in History of Art and Theory of Architecture. He is a research fellow at the CITAD, where he incorporates the research group on Architecture and Design and the Colour Laboratory. He holds a Ph. D from Tampere University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Finland, on the topic The Architectural Object as Aesthetic Object. Alvar Aalto’s House of Culture, and has published and presented papers at international meetings such as Constants of Nature, Constants of Architecture and Mathematical Interface (2023, under publishing); Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku: Towards an Extensive Cultural Paradigm (2021); Colour: Towards an Extensive Cultural Paradigm – paradeigma (2021); Apeiron – ᾄπειρον – and Havoc: Beauty in Aalto’s tiles (2018); Colour Free Colourlessness (2018); Lookouts and outlooks: Lisbon, tiles and topography (2018); Impossible objects! Space-time experience of architectural heritage (2015, on Rose Seidler House); Euclid and the Illusion of the Rainbow (2014); Unifying Human Understanding: ad astra per aspera, 2014); Serpentine Gallery Pavilion: Essays on Colour Environment (2013); Alvar Aalto and Kazimir Malevich: Second Thoughts on Colour Environment (2013); Realm Art-Science: By Colour We Think (2013), Metagrass or a Tail of a Green Future Environment (2013); The Colourlessness of the Zener diode (2011), “The Image of Lisbon” a criticism on Wim Wenders’s Lisbon Story, 1994 (2007).

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    We hope that our members and friends in the UK and Europe as well as throughout Australia will find this evening session to be at a convenient time for them. Please take care to find the correct conversion from 7 pm AEST to your local time at a service such as

    This webinar is free but registration is essential and limited to 100 participants worldwide, so early registration is advised. 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. To receive this email with the Zoom link, you must register by the deadline of midnight AEST on Friday June 23rd.

    If you're a non-member unable to attend live but would like temporary access to a recording of this webinar, please do not register but send a request for access to by June 23. (CSA members have permanent access to the recordings of all our webinars).

    • 12 Oct 2023
    • 9:00 AM (AWST)
    • 15 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM (AWST)
    • Perth (Western Australia) and online

    On behalf of the Colour Society of Australia, the Western Australian Division is proud to announce that the CSA National Conference for 2023, Colour Sense and Sensibility will be held in Perth, Western Australia, on October 12-15 of this year. It will be a “hybrid” conference where papers can be presented live on site or either live or pre-recorded from a distance by Zoom, so that international presenters can participate before an international audience on Zoom. Registrations will open on June 16 with an early-bird price for both live and Zoom participants.

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


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

    • Submission deadline for abstracts 30 June 2023
    • Notification of oral/poster presentation 31 August 2023

    About the conference theme

    The theme Colour Sense and Sensibility acknowledges the pervasive impact of colour in our natural and constructed environments. Participants are invited to consider how their own work involving colour may be of interest and of importance in shaping and influencing our visual experience. 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 specialised areas of interest.


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

    • 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 SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, please send the Abstract, along with a one-paragraph biographical note and photograph of the author, to by 30 June 2023. 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 31 August 2023. Accepted abstracts will be published on the CSA website on 15th September 2023

    Notes on the abstract -

    • must be no more than 400 words
    • up to 3 images (max 500kB) allowed
    • links to directly relevant web sites allowed
    • presentation time – limited to 30 minutes

    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 30 September 2023.

    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.

    Best regards,

    Western Australian Division Committee

Past Events

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)
21 Mar 2023 CSA WA Division: International Colour Day and National Harmony Day 2023
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)
5 Nov 2022 CSA WA Division: Colours Speak 2 & End of Year Dinner
2 Oct 2022 CSA NSW webinar: "A Colourful Life" with Linda Jackson AO
20 Aug 2022 CSA WA Division August event: "Back to Basics"
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)
25 Mar 2022 Joondalup Festival 2022
20 Mar 2022 CSA International Colour Day 2022 event: Progress in Colour Education
2 Mar 2022 Inter-Society Color Council (USA) webinar with Nick Harkness in conversation with Paula Alessi
23 Jan 2022 CSA WA Annual General Meeting 2021
22 Jan 2022 Seeing the colours of Joondalup
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
26 Nov 2021 CSA WA end-of-year event: Zoo trip
31 Oct 2021 CSA NSW October webinar: "A Conversation about Colour" with sculptor and painter Ron Robertson-Swann, hosted by artist Aly Indermühle
30 Oct 2021 CSA WA October event: Castaways sculptures at Rockingham foreshore
25 Sep 2021 CSA NSW September webinar "Concerning the Shape of Color" with Marcia R. Cohen, Professor Emerita SCAD Atlanta (USA)
11 Sep 2021 CSA Western Australian Division Meeting: Colour and Music 2
30 Aug 2021 AIC 14th Congress Milan 2021
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
21 May 2021 CSA Western Australian Division: Dwellingup weekend away
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)
13 Mar 2021 CSA Western Australian Division Meeting: Colour and Music Part 1
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
5 Sep 2020 Walking, Looking, Seeing
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
7 Sep 2018 National Conference - Perception & Colour
7 Feb 2018 CSA QLD event: Global Fashion Colour Palettes
9 Sep 2016 Brisbane 2016 - Colour Speak
16 Apr 2016 CSA Southern Division event: Site Visit - Australia Garden Cranbourne
3 Oct 2014 Perth 2014 - Space Time Colour

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