Artist and sea

MEETINGS FOR 2018-2019
Presentation of the Colour Group
Turner Medal to

The Art of Film Colour

The image is from The Open Road (Claude Friese-Greene, 1925);

Wednesday 06 February 2019
17.15 hrs
City University
Room R101
Franklin building
124 Goswell Road
London, EC1V 7DP  

Following the presentation of the Turner Medal there will be a wine reception.

Admission to lecture and reception only by free ticket - see below
NOTE: a Waitlist is in operation for this event - if you cannot attend please surrender you ticket.

Every two years the Colour Group (Great Britain) invites a distinguished artist or art historian to give The Turner Lecture, named in honour of Britain's greatest colourist. A sterling silver medal is awarded to mark the occasion, and the recipient presents a keynote lecture related to his or her work.

The Committee of the Colour Group (Great Britain) is pleased to announce that the 2019 Turner Medal will be awarded to Sarah Street. The award ceremony will take place at City University, London, Wednesday 06 February, 2019 when Sarah Street will deliver the keynote Turner Medal Lecture entitledThe Art of Film Colour.

What is The Art of Film Colour? This lecture examines themes and problems shared between film and other art forms, while highlighting areas specific to film. Through a range of illustrated examples from the silent era to today’s digital environment, the lecture focuses on key contexts for creative enterprise in colour filmmaking. It identifies issues that present particular challenges, including questions of nomenclature, authenticity and realism, and designing particular colour palettes or ‘looks’ for films. The creative interventions of film technicians and other personnel who used colour in special or skilful ways are discussed in an assessment of film’s contribution to the cultural history of colour.

Sarah Street is Professor of Film and Foundation Chair of Drama at the University of Bristol. Her main areas of research activity are British cinema history, film genres, costume and cinema, set design and colour film. Her book publications include Cinema and State: The Film Industry and the British Government (co-authored with Margaret Dickinson, 1985); British National Cinema (1997; 2nd edition 2009); Costume and Cinema (2001); Transatlantic Crossings: British Feature Films in the USA (2002); Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema (co-authored with Tim Bergfelder and Sue Harris, 2007). Her latest book is Deborah Kerr (2018), focussing on a film star noted for her work with Technicolor, and Street has published numerous other books on film colour. Colour Films in Britain: The Negotiation of Innovation, 1900-55 (2012) was awarded First Prize for Best Monograph by the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies. This was the result of extensive research into the introduction and reception of film colour in Britain. Two volumes, co-edited with Simon Brown and Liz Watkins, were generated by the same project: Colour and the Moving Image: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive (2012) and British Colour Cinema: Practices and Theories (2013). The project was one of the last opportunities to gain an insight from surviving practitioners who worked with film colour in one of the most fascinating periods of its history.

In 2012 Street was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant for a three-year project on Colour in the 1920s: Cinema and its Intermedial Contexts. This project investigated the major spheres of colour expression in commercial and experimental cinema of the 1920s. Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s, a book resulting from the project and co-authored with Joshua Yumibe, will be published by Columbia University Press in 2019. Street’s latest colour film research collaboration is The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Street is currently co-editing with Anders Steinvall the ‘Modern Age’ volume of Bloomsbury’s forthcoming multi-volume book series The Cultural History of Colour. 


City University
Room R101
Franklin building
124 Goswell Road
London, EC1V 7DP  
see map at right

17.15hrs until approximately 19.30 hrs

Open to all, gratis but ticket required
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DATE 04 february 2019