UCL W S Stiles Memorial Lecture 2018
Professor David H Brainard

University of Pennsylvania
Addaptive Optics Based Assessment of Visual Function at the Scale of Individual Cones
Thursday 22 February 2018, 17.30 hrs
University College, London

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.

Lunch, Tour and Inspection National Science and
Media Museum

Monday 04 December 2017

A behind-the-scene tour of the National Science and Media Museum Archive in Bradford. Our members had the opportunity to visit the Collections and Research Centre.
projector ribbon
LEFT: Capturing Colour – embrace both film and digital media via a wide range of equipment including camera systems, lenses, magic lanterns and televisions..

ABOVE: Tartan Ribbon – considered the first durable colour photographic image made by the three-colour method James Clerk Maxwell first suggested in 1855
mmag glass Japan
ABOVE LEFT: hand-coloured transparencie.
ABOVE RIGHT: Journey in Japan – an album with hand-coloured black-and-white photographs

Student Award Meeting
Wednesday 01 November 2017
In a plush new theatre complex over a gym in the Goswell Road, about five minutes walk south of the main City University campus in Northampton Square, the AnnualStudent Awards meeting took place.
This is an important event in the Colour Group diary where those who were given financial support are able to desrcibe their work to Group members.
This is regarded as contributing to the educational aims of the Group. More details and a link to download abstracts may be found here.
award winners
Above you see the handsome crew. From left to right:
Amanda Hardman, and Dimitris Mylonas (WDW Awards), Dr Maria Olkkonen (Colour Mentor), Robert Lee (Palmer Award), Stacey Aston (WDW Award), Nathan Masters (Student Poster Award) & Becky Gooby (WDW Award).

Northern Chapter
Colour Tour of the Baltic Library, Newcastle

Wednesday 18 October 2017
The Baltic books
Gary Malkin, head of the library and archives at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts treated the audience to a fascinating pit stop visual tour of his favourite Baltic shows which particularly featured colour. Top of the list included the Anish Kapoor red installation Tarantantara in 1999 before this iconic building was even completed in 2002 and the striking use of coloured light and prisms by artist Daniel Buren in 2014
the library The audience then moved into the Baltic Library where Gary showed a selection of colourful contemporary art and photographic books highlighting work from the 1950s onwards. Members of the audience were then asked to choose books from the vast array which appealed to them visually because of their covers. The contents were examined and this led to a discussion of how colour can drive us to make certain aesthetic choices.

The striking view of the Tyne river and the Newcastle quayside and Millenium Bridge made this meeting a particular success.

Colour Vision Assessment and the Use of Colour in Clinical Practice
Wednesday 11 October 2017
City University London, EC1V 0HB

The new series of public events for the 2017-2018 seasons had a good start with an event in the City University, London. It was organised by Dr Catherine Suttle (School of Optometry and Visual Science). This seminar focused on the use of colour for prevention and treatment of conditions encountered by the eye care practitioner. Various topics were discussed amongst which were the use of coloured overlays and lenses for reading difficulty, and the use of short wavelength filters. Both of these interventions are widely applied in practice yet both are controversial. The photo shows the team facing the audience in a Q & A session.

the team

A full report is available as a PDF here (about 100kb).

Northern Chapter
The Colour Green

Wednesday 27 September 2017
School of Design, Northumbria University
The picture shows an exhibit from an exhibition at the meeting of military clothing in "drap" colours - it was not the recommended attire for entry, as you can see from the photo below of the audience concentrating on one of the talks in the afternoon.
The meeting offered a fascinating tour through the linguistic past of the concept of "green", its cross-cultural perceptions and its fragile memories.

The first speaker was Fiona Raeside-Elliott on the historical use of various greens in army uniforms.

Carole Biggam followed with a fascinating journey through the historical thesaurus of English terms for green and all of its possible uses and connotations.
Next was Dimitris Mylonas who discussed cross-cultural features of green colour categories in English, Greek and Russian cultures.

Maria Olkkonen spoke about her fascinating work on the influence of prior knowledge on our memory colours - she also provided the audience with delicious iced green cupcakes and green courgette-banana cakes that were much appreciated with a good cup of tea during the break.


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.


What was the Northern Chapter of the CG(GB) has formed the Colour Collective UK and is holding its first event on 21 February 2018 at 14.00 - 16.00hrs in the Design School of Northumbria University, Newcastle. The title is Colour Interiors. All welcome. Queries to Susi Bellamy



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.

New Patron Member


The CG(GB) welcomes our latest Patron Member. The University says;
At Northumbria University our inspirational academics, cutting edge courses, outstanding facilities and extensive partner network means that we offer exceptional opportunities to learn from the best, enjoy every minute and give your career an edge. Northumbria University creates and applies knowledge to transform lives and makes a powerful cultural and economic impact.

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.

Red Project Notice


Following a very successful RED EVENT last December, the Norhtern Chapter of the CG(GB) has had the idea taken up by the Northumbria University School of Design which has put in a colour red show in their atrium - everywhere you look it's RED.

Book Cover


M ichel Albert-Vanel's book Planetary Colour System (PCS) is now published in English and the image above is of the cover.
The author has lectured for more than 30 years at l"Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and gave a presentation at the CG(GB) on Colours in India in April 2014. The PCS is a colour-order system which has been shown to be effective in various applications such as the classification of paintings and images. It helps the user's understanding of the art and can become a powerful creative tool.
The book is only available from the author by email: The cost is 49€ + 20€ (postage to UK).

Santa red and green


W hy are the 'colours of Christmas' red and green'? Who said Santa should be red? Coca-Cola? Dr Spike Bucklow last year presented his ideas in Cambridge. It is, it seems, those pesky old medievals who are to blame. Check it out and enjoy your pud with a piece of green holly with red berries come the 25th.

stripcolour wheel


T he strip on the left that runs down for some way is an analysis of what colours appear on our Home Page, the length of a colour being the proportion of colours on the page. Another way to show our 'colours' is above right where the colours used are shown on the colour wheel. The analysis is by and their site is worth a visit where you will see Hacker News pages are mainly friendly orange and those of Printerest annoyingly red.



W ell, the letters stand for British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies and they want to form a Special Interest Group on Colour and Film. Colour and Film thus encompasses, but is not limited to, questions of film making, exhibition, archives, film history and analyses from early film to narrative cinemas and experimental film, genre, theories of subjectivity, colour and affect, sexuality and philosophy. The Group welcomes members interested in all aspects of Colour and Film, its history, theories, preservation and aesthetics, so far including scholars, filmmakers, archivists and film conservation specialists. Find out more from their web pages.
Anybody know what the background for the BAFTSS image is? Very very small prize for the first correct answer.

gender choice


A recent blog by Kissmetrics summarises earlier work by Joe Hallock with some great graphics, one of which (see above) summarises nicely the situation at home during a recent spell of redecoration. Any chaps out there as confused by egg plant and lavender as I am?

DATE 15 February 2018