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International Colour Day 2024 event: Phyllis Shillito and her Colour Curriculum 1945-79

When: 20 Mar 2024 5:30 PM, AEDT
Where: Carolyn Simpson Library, Sydney, and online


Student exercise painted in gouache by Eva Fay at the Shillito Design School, 1976/77.

We're proud to announce that our International Colour Day 2024 event will be a hybrid in-person and online event held jointly with Museums of History NSW and centred on the colour curriculum of pioneering Sydney-based colour and design educator Phyllis Shillito (1895-1980)

In-person attendees at the Caroline Simpson Library (behind the Sydney Mint,10 Macquarie St, Sydney) will examine the impressive collection of student exercises and notes created by Eva Fay FDIA as a student at the Shillito Design School in the late 1970's, and  donated in January this year to the Library, alongside earlier Shillito portfolios from the CSL and private collections. In addition, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, three presentations will establish the context of Shillito's teaching of colour, with some time for questions and comments from the live audience. Dr Catriona Quinn will examine the broader context of Phyllis Shillito’s impact on technical education and its relationship to the dynamic development of the Australian interior design profession. Jocelyn Maughan OAM, who studied colour directly under Shillito at East Sydney Technical College in the late 1950’s, will share her recollections of Shillito and give a critical assessment of Shillito’s approach to colour. And Dr David Briggs will discuss research he conducted jointly with Eva Fay that documented the direct influence of theorists Munsell, Ostwald, Maitland Graves, and especially H.B. Carpenter on Shillito's colour curriculum. Online attendees will be able to watch the three presentations and hear the discussion with the live audience via Zoom.

REGISTRATION for In-Person and Online Attendance

Registration for in-person attendance at the Caroline Simpson Library must be completed via the Museums of History NSW website at

Registration to watch the presentations and discussion on Zoom must be completed at


Celebrating International Colour Day with ICA-Belgium
17 March 2024, 10h00 - 12h00 CET
ONLINE via Zoom

On 17 March 2024, ICA-Belgium celebrates International Colour Day with an online event.

Our guests are Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann, a German archaeologist, specialising in the colour reconstruction of ancient sculptures, and Stephen Westland, a British colour scientist and a professor of Colour Science and Technology in the School of Design at the University of Leeds.
Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann speaks about Pigments on Marble: the Polychromy of Greek and Roman Ancient Sculptures. Her reconstructions of ancient sculptures were seen all around the world and are at present on view in the exhibition "Antiquity in Colour," at the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren, Belgium.
Stephen Westland speaks about Colour Nowcasting: AI and Sustainability, exploring colour trends in the context of the fashion and textile industry, and the possibility of using AI to predict what colours are trending now - so-called colour nowcasting.
There will be time for Q&A at the end and we invite you to join the conversation.
More information can be found on our website:

On Mar 21, 2024, 6pm ET, the CRSC will have its Annual General Meeting. At 7pm ET, we will host an online lecture which is open to all:

Out of The Blue? Colour as Strategic Tool in The Built Environment to Engage With The Community by Udo Schliemann.

Registration is here:

Also - the Colour Literacy Project is presenting a Colour Literacy Forum on Mar 22, 11am-12:15pm ET:

Colour in Context, With: Harald Arnkil (Visual artist, Colour researcher & Author of Colours in the Visual World) & Valtteri Arstila (Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Philosophy, University of Turku).

More information is here:

Registration link is here:

Colour Group (GB) celebrating the International Colour Day 2024

Pigments, the usual suspects - or not? Newly discovered materials in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum 

This year the Colour Group (GB) will mark International Colour Day by returning to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Dr Lucia Burgio, will lead a tour around the museum, introducing the participants to the intriguing colour history of selected objects from the collection. Amongst those will be a Coromandel Screen and some late 16th-century portrait miniatures. Here are some examples.

Dr Lucia Burgio is Lead Conservation Scientist at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where she heads the Science laboratory and guides the scientific analysis of museum objects. She assists the Museum’s curators and conservators in the examination and understanding of the collections, providing information on materials and techniques, methods of construction, date and provenance. She has published extensively on her special interests (historical pigments, and American and Asian lacquer).

Portuguese Color Association (APCor) ICD 2024

The Portuguese Color Association (APCor), in partnership with Arte Central and Magjacol, celebrates International Color Day (March 21), as a way of promoting color literacy within the community. The 1st edition of the National Color Meeting (March 23) will be a unique opportunity to bring together professionals in the most diverse areas (e.g., design, painting, architecture, photography, construction, personal image, psychology, education), disseminating knowledge to everyone. The date has been celebrated by APCor since 2008 and in 2024 color will be celebrated through a one-day in-person meeting, in which the public can participate in lectures and workshops related to color. The meeting will also function as a training event for teachers, with the support of the ATEXXI Training Center for its formal accreditation. Children will also be able to participate through intervention on a collaborative panel, in a continuous activity throughout the day.

More information:

Welcome to celebrate International Colour Day with us on March 21 with a digital talk by the very colour passionate artist Sophie Smallhorn.

Swedish Colour Centre Foundation is happy to be able to introduce you to an 
artist whose work with colours are truly unique and inspiring. Sophie Smallhorn will share her passion for colour and its endless possibilities, and how the approach and application can differ from one project to the next. Enjoy!

Based in London, Sophie Smallhorn works as both an artist and consultant. Sophie Smallhorn’s work explores the relationship between colour, volume and proportion. Simple geometry, negative space and a use of flat saturated palettes are key elements to her compositions. Her intuitive and playful use of colour is applied to both larger scale architectural projects and smaller, wall-based pieces. Her work is exhibited internationally, commissioned by both private and corporate clients and included in collections around the world.

Welcome to a digital Colour Talk – link will be sent out when you are registered.

DATE: Thursday, March 21

TIME: 5 – 6 PM


Cost: members free / others 100 sek (contact us if you’re international guest)

Swedish Colour Centre Foundation celebrates 60 years 2024! Celebrate Colour!

For more information:

Study on Environmental Colour Design (SG ECD)

We warmly invite you to join us to celebrate International Colour Day with us!

Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2024, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM GMT   (scheduled a few days earlier than ICD March 21)

More information: March 13, 2024 Colorful Landscape - Vibrant City.pdf

Part I: Invited Talks

Mira Engler, Ph.D. Emerita Professor of Landscape Architecture 

Zena O'Connor, Ph.D. Colour Consultant, Researcher and Designer

Beichen Yu, Ph.D. Researcher, Designer and Landscape Architect 

Leah Rosenberg, Interdisciplinary Artist based in San Francisco

Part II: Discussion

Moderators:  Verena M. Schindler, Art and Architectural Historian 

Juan Serra Lluch, Ph.D. Architect, Assistant Professor at UPV

Please click on the direct link below to participate in the Online Seminar 

Colorful Landscape / Vibrant City

Microsoft Teams Meeting:  

ID: 373 204 837 13 

Password: 58GirD

Organized by Beichen Yu jointly with the Chairs of the Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (SG ECD) of the International Colour Association (AIC) Verena M. Schindler and Juan Serra Lluch and the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.

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