Monday & Tuesday 23 & 24 April 2018
City University London, Northampton Square
London, EC1V 0HB

Wednesday 04 April 2018
City University, London

Anne Jackson started the afternoon by describing her fascination with whitchcraft inspired by the records of whitch trials. She developed a form of knotted tapestry and showed many examples of these, the first being of a flying whitch and the magic word, derived from the Arabic, that everybody knows. She went on to show tapestries of whitches, their fates and their familiars. And some rather scray stuff too.
abracadabra tapestry
OReilly OReilly
OReilly Philip O'Reilly, who had organised the event, was the middle speaker and described his extensive tour of Turkey where he studied how traditional methods, though simple, made wonderful carpets. He sketched, painted and wove his way around the counrty and has subsequently experimented with felting and more recently many different kinds of textiles and holographic foils.
Margot Selby described her development from art student to a professional fabric designer working for well known international companies. She showed some of the sources of her inspiration (SEE BELOW) and admitted that she was always striving to make creative art with coloured fabrics but that designing for the commercial world paid the bills. She has recently developed a series of designs which when framed under glass were clearly more art than commercial (BELOW RIGHT). Selby
Design Art at last

Monday-Wednesday 19 - 21 March 2018
BFI Southbank & Birkbeck, London
The annual conference Colour in Film continues to grow in popularity and was a complete sellout before the opening. The UK premiere of the newly restored 1943 film of Josef von Báky Münchhausen, part of the conference programme, also sold out.
Opening session Colour Theory
The conference was opened by Elza Tantcheva-Burdge and Ulrich Ruedel. The Keynote speaker was Giovanna Fossati reviewing research into the colours of silent cinema. The BFI shop organised a signing session for her book at the end of Day1. The delegates were given plenty of networking opportunities at the reception in the Blue Room of the BFI Southbank
During Day 2 and Day 3 there was a two-day workshop organised by Barbara Flueckiger and the rest of the team from the FilmColors project. The Colour Group (GB) Keynote speaker this year was Mike Pointer. He spoke on the theme of Colour Spaces and Colour Appearance and was followed by a talk on colour processing in digital motion picture cameras presented by Harald Brendel of ARRI and a report on the progress of the project led by Sarah Street – Eastman Colour Revolution and British Cinema. This last session was also the Colour Group (GB)'s contribution to the celebration of the International Colour Day.

Newton Medal Presentation & Lecture
The Randomness of Colour
Prof David Foster
Wednesday 7 February 2018
City University, London
David Foster
The photo shows CG(GB) Chairman, Elza Tancheva-Burge, presenting the Newton Medal to Professor David Foster (Manchester University) after his lecture on the randomness of colour and before the reception to mark the occasion.

Colour Vision Meeting & Palmer Lecture
and CRS Sponsored Lecture
Wednesday 10 January 2018
City University, London

Professor Janus J. Kulikowski, Emeritus Professor of Visual Neuroscience at the University of Manchester, gave this year's Palmer Lecture on Chips in daylight: Hue perception and colour constancy. Prior to Janus's presentation, Professor David Foster (University of Manchester) gave a brief introduction to Janus's seminal achievements in vision science, ranging from the identification of transient and sustained visual detection mechanisms to the use of Visually Evoked Potentials to characterise the magno- and the parvocellular pathways in the visual system.

Janus's Palmer lecture – delivered by his long-term collaborator Dr. Jeremiah Kelly – (see photo on left) concentrated on his more recent work on colour constancy and how it depends on media (surface colours vs. self-luminous lights) and the adaptational state of the observer.

purple 2018


OKso you probably missed out on the announcement of the Pantone Colour of the Year what with the Beast from the East, One and Two, and Easter, etc, but this year's colour is Pantone UltraViolet, or simply purple to most people. May be the Royal Wedding had something to do with the choice.
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The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, Maine, USA) has developed a technique using a projector to give visitors an impression of what 3,000-year old Assyrian stone reliefs would originally have looked like in full colour. The work is reminiscent of that described to the CG(GB) in 2013 by Patrick Callet (Paris) - see Spectral Simulation for Cultural Heritage, CG Occasional Publication number 3, which may be downloaded.

The Bishop
"How we explored medieval theories of colour through glass"

This is the title of an article about a new exhibition which is based on the ideas of what colour is as put forward in the 13th century by Bishop Grosseteste. Get yourself a piece of history and click the link.



It seems the great lizards did exhibit surface colours but not quite in the way a good Colour Group members might wish with high chromatic values from across the spectral gamut like our trichromatic friend here. Bone up on the real research in Current Biology (here) or a simpler version from ABC (here).

RGB bacteria


In a study published in Nature Chemical Biology, MIT researchers manipulated E coli genes so that they respond when illuminated by red, green, or blue light they fluoresce red, green or blue. So a coloured image projected onto a bacterial mat causes the bacteria to emit red, green or blue light thus becoming a living display. This won't replace LED or plasma screens but is a useful step on the road to fully understanding gene manipulation. If you can stomach the breathless journalism you can read more at on the ARS Technic UK web pges or better, read the original.


Iguess you all know what the Pantone Color of 2017 is - see left. If you want to see a feast of green visit the Pantone web pages by clicking here.
But can you remember what the colour of the year was in 2010? The table below will jog your reluctant memory. 28-04-17
Pantone table


The history of printing is not in black and white. Colour played an essential role in print culture even before Gutenberg printed his Bible, but it has long been hidden in plain sight because colour printing is rarely recorded. old colour print
This interdisciplinary, introductory course provides an overview of colour printing techniques in the West from manual techniques c.1400 through the development of chromolithography in the mid-1800s.
The Institute of English Studies, University of London, is offering this week-long course running 10 to 14 July as part of the London Rare Books School (LRBS), with reduced fees for students. Further details at here. Other courses at this year's LRBS can be found here: here.

biomimetics logo

at Imperial College:
CG(GB) Sponsors Prizes

The CG(GB) has agreed to sponsor two student prizes for the meeting at IC. The meeting is described so:
Ever since humans contemplated replicating the flight of birds, biomimetics has sought solutions to complicated problems by examining how Nature, with the advantage of several millions of years of evolution, has tackled them before. Nowhere is this more apparent than in optics where some of the rich optical behaviour presented through evolutionary nano-structuring can now be replicated to our advantage in the laboratory. Structural colouration of morpho butterfly wings, for example, was recently commercialized to produce interferometric modulation to define pixel colouration in displays.
Click for more details of the meeting.

DATE 12 April 2018