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    • 6 Dec 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Online
    • 84

    Stowe House – North Front

    Patrick Baty is a leading specialist in the use of paint and colour in historic buildings. Following a research degree on The Methods and Materials of the House-painter 1650-1850 he has consulted on countless restoration projects throughout the UK including Royal palaces, country houses, cathedrals, museums, a wartime RAF station and London housing estates. In the USA he has assisted in a number of notable projects, some examples being for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Charleston, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg and the Tryon Palace. Recent projects have included Hampton Court Palace, Stowe, Tower Bridge and the Royal Festival Hall. A list of some other projects can be seen on his website at

    Patrick was a Trustee of the Georgian Group for 20 years. and Is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Brother of The Art Workers' Guild, a FRSA, a Scots FSA and an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Interior Design. He was a founding member of the Traditional Paint Forum. In 2007 his company was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for his work on colour.

    In 2017 Thames & Hudson published his magnificent book The Anatomy of Colour, an illustrated history of heritage paints, pigments and colour, and in March 2021 Thames & Hudson and Princeton University Press are publishing another book of his, entitled Nature’s Palette, which will be the subject of a presentation by Patrick at our national conference Colour Connections in March next year.

    Of his webinar Patrick says: I will explain why several people have referred to me as ‘The Paint Detective’. The wide range and type of projects that I am faced with will be outlined together with a brief explanation of the process adopted. An account will be given of a house, with discreet Royal connections, where I could prove that a pair of doors had come from a long-demolished building, hundreds of miles away. I will also provide an update on work at Stowe and will describe the finding of a hidden mural in the Chelsea house owned by the painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 

    Cross section showing series of green schemes on a garden door on a Scottish estate

    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 to receive the Zoom link, 5 pm Saturday December 5.

    CSA members additionally 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 Liz Coats' fascinating webinar Colour Notes was added to this archive recently, and we hope to continue to add resources from all of our coming presentations, including this webinar. Finally, CSA members from all Divisions who teach public colour-related classes are entitled to have their classes included in the listing at the end of these notices. We sincerely thank you for your generosity in supporting the CSA through your membership this year, without which we would have been unable to undertake activities such as this free webinar series and our preparations for our national conference Colour Connections 2021 (see below).

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


    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 opensJ January 2021
    Early bird registration deadline TBA
    General registration deadline TBA
    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. Speakers were 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 encouraged 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. We thank our speakers for their overwhelmingly generous response and can promise a diverse program discussing colour in relation to philosophy, science, design, abstract and representational painting, art history and theory, and education.

    As previously advised, the Committee of the NSW Division of the Colour Society of Australia has been monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation and resolved to make a decision in October on whether to proceed with the conference as a live event or to hold it entirely online. The committee has now unanimously resolved to hold the conference online on the Zoom platform on March 19-21. 


    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 (closed)

    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.

    Video Recordings

    Presentations at the conference will be recorded and will be made available to attendees and other members of the Colour Society of Australia via links on our website.

    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.

Past Events

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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