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Monday 13th October 2008 6-8 pm Bower Ashton Gallery, F Block
To coincide with the 2nd and 3rd CREATE training events, New Ways to use Print Technology, we are pleased to invite you to the private view of works by staff and colleagues from the Centre for Fine Print Research, at the University of the West of England, and INTERFACE, at the Centre for Research in Art, Technologies and Design, University of Ulster. Also showing is Colour and Landscape a photographic exhibition from the participants of the CREATE network. We look forward to seeing you.

To coincide with the forthcoming training events in October

New Ways to use Print Technology
You are invited to take part in a photography exhibition entitled
'Colour and Landscape'

This is an open invitation to all photographers and to all participants of Create. If you are not taking part in the training events, but would still like to contribute, this exhibition would be a good opportunity for you. The photographs will be exhibited alongside paintings, prints and textiles by artists from Bristol and Ulster. The show will run from 13th -23rd October 2008 at the Bower Ashton Gallery, Bristol.

Grants Available for October 2008!
Apply now for the next CREATE training courses -
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New Ways to use Print Technology...
...On Paper
Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol
14-17 October 2008
30 grants available

...On Fabric
INTERFACE, Centre for Research in Art, Technologies and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast
19 - 22 October 2008
20 grants available

These specialist training courses aim to provide participants with a platform to demonstrate how existing technology is already used in sectors relating to print on paper and the textile industry, and how this technology might be applicable for new areas.

See the Programme page for further details.

The deadline for applications is 27 June 2008. You must submit one application for each event. (For details on how to apply, click on the 'how to apply link' at the top right of this page.)

If you have any questions, please contact Alison:
tel: +44(0)117 3284938

Upcoming Conference - Progress in Colour Studies
Departments of English Language and Psychology
University of Glasgow

Monday 14th July to Thursday 17th July 2008

Conference organisers: Carole Biggam, Carole Hough, Christian Kay and David Simmons.

"Our overall aim for PICS08 is to provide a multidisciplinary forum for discussion of recent and ongoing research, presented so as to be accessible to scholars in other disciplines. We therefore welcome proposals for papers from any area of interest, for example vision science, psychology, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, biology, philosophy, cartography, art history, etc."

For a registration form, and full details of costs and facilities, please see the website at

New issue of colour journal - Colour: Design & Creativity
The latest issue of Colour: Design & Creativity, the online journal for the professional and academic design community from the Society of Dyers and Colourists, has been published. The journal aims to create a forum for professionals from a diverse range of disciplines in which colour plays an important role, one where they can come together to exchange knowledge and ideas, and begin to develop a common language to facilitate communication in the fascinating world of colour.

Issue 2 of Colour: Design and Creativity is available online free of charge to all readers:

CREATE goes to France!

Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes, France)
21-24 February 2008
Training course 1 - Putting the Human Back into Colour
We've arrived safely home after an incredibly successful (if exhausting) week in France at the first CREATE training course - Putting the Human Back Into Colour.

Organisation behind the event was undertaken by Majed Chambah, with support from Alison and Carinna in Bristol, which was held at the Charleville-Meziérés department of the University of Rheims, in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France.


We would like to congratulate and thank Majed for putting together such an eclectic and informative programme of events, providing great hospitality throughout the week, and for rewarding everyone's hard work with a trip to the Ardenne region's cultural highlights on Sunday.

Also - thank you to all the speakers, organisers and participants for making this such a fruitful event. We have received some very positive feedback about the impact and progress CREATE is making as a group and as a series of events, and some constructive criticism and very helpful suggestions for improvements that we can make in the future. And importantly, we have met some brilliant people and made some real connections with those working in the field of colour research from an exciting range of disciplines - which is what CREATE is all about!

The three day programme looked at the human aspect of colour from a variety of perspectives (including visual perception, neuroscience, imaging, textiles, fashion, gastronomy, painting analysis…). The course offered a mix of lectures and practical workshops, as well as discussion sessions and research poster presentations.
Click here to see the full programme.

Putting the Human Back into Colour
Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes, France)
21-24 February 2008
Number of Places for Researchers: 50

CREATE are now calling for artists, designers, scientists, and newly qualified researchers working in the commercial sector to participate in the first CREATE training event.
For an application form - click here.
The final deadline for applications is Monday 17 December 2007.

Course Outline:
This thematic area has links to areas that would include anthropological, psychological, linguistical or emotional research to colour, artist specific imaging procedures, colour in architecture and interior design, and colour used for therapy.

Day One:
“Colour and Vision” human vision mechanisms, colour perception and their relation to human made colour capture devices.
Fields of interest: Biomedicine, neurosciences, cognitive sciences, colourimetry and imaging.

Day Two:
“Colour Fields” colour from a human and human sciences point of view.
Fields of interest: art, design, fashion, cosmetics and gastronomy.

Day Three:
“Past, Present and Future” the beginning of colour in human history, the meaning and the role of colour and the future of colour.
Fields of interest: history, art history, semantics, behaviourism, ethology, emerging new approaches to colour, new fields related to colour.

Day Four:
"Cultural Activities" - A day dedicated to exploring the rich cultural and historical sites of the Ardennes region, as well as it's great woodlands and
natural landscapes.

This event will be held in the modern building of the GACO department of the Institute of Technology (IUT) of the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne at Charleville-Mézières.

Confirmed Speakers:
Norberto M. Grzywacz (University of Southern California, USA). Responses of Retinal Ganglion Cells to Natural Images.
Janos Schanda (Pannon University, Hungary). Introduction to colorimetry, CIE system.
Georges Roque (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, France). The Analysis of Colours in Artworks: Methodological Issues.
Fred Forest (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France). Digital art : Couleur réseau.
Trish Belford (School of art and design, Belfast). Crafted and digital colour in textiles and fashion.
Verena M. Schindler (Atelier Cler Etudes Chromatiques, Paris). History of colour in arts and architecture.
Serge Berthier (Institut des Nanosciences de Paris). Colour & ethology, physical colour of insects.
Christian Lahanier (Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France). Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa analysis with today’s technologies.
Harry Oldfield (Oldfield Systems Ltd, UK). New imaging technologies.

Many of these lecturers are considered as an authority in their domain and have written many books.

We are looking for individuals with good ideas, and examples of work in progress, who are keen to contribute to the project and collaborate in the future.


CIMET - Gjøvik University College win New Master Programme on Color

Gjøvik University College and three other European universities have been approved by the EU to deliver a new two years master programme entitled Color in Informatics and Media Technology (CIMET), within the Erasmus Mundus programme. This is a very prestigious programme and it is a great achievement for these four universities to be a part of it. This is a recognition of the academics' hard work and continuous efforts to develop a high quality master programme within the field.

The Erasmus Mundus programme is a co-operation and mobility programme at high-quality master or doctorate level. Universities and university colleges unite in a consortium to offer a joint degree. The University of Saint-Etienne (France, coordinator) will offer the Master programme Color in Informatics and Media Technology (CIMET) together with Gjøvik University College (Norway), the University of Granada (Spain) and the University of Joensuu (Finland).

Our consortium invites you to promote this master programme in your institution. We invite your best students to apply for this master. To qualify for admission, applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in computer science, physics, optics, imaging science, or a related field. Admission will be based on academic excellence. 12 students from EU countries will be admitted and 18 students from outside EU. Scholarships (21.000 Euros by year for non EU students) are provided for students from both groups. The study programme starts autumn 2008.

This master programme is broadly interdisciplinary, encompassing photonics, computer vision and imaging science, computer science and media technology as a mix of relevant theoretical and practical knowledge. All courses will be given in English. The programme requests high mobility, but it is possible to mainly study in one host university and attend only one semester in another university.

For more information email : or visit /

SDC Launches Online Design Journal - Colour: Design & Creativity
Colour: Design & Creativity, the new online journal from the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), is intended to serve a gap in the marketplace by appealing to a multidisciplinary audience seeking a better understanding of colour and its application in design, theory and practice. In particular the journal will emphasise the synergy between colour and design, as opposed to their individual importance.

Editor, Prof. Stephen Westland, comments ‘Although design is for convenience recognised as a discrete discipline, it is truly multidisciplinary, involving aspects of science, technology, art, crafts and business. Design represents one of the significant interfaces between art and science, and the journal will be dedicated to exploring this interface.’

Among the topics covered in the inaugural issue are colour and emotions, analysis of colours in branding, design concepts using thermochromic colour change, colour forecasting and preference in the fashion industry, and an article that describes what the author calls ‘a new colour form’. The journal will appeal to colourists, designers, scientists, artists and other professionals alike and seeks submissions of research related to colour: from explanatory papers, case studies and essays, to reviews of books, events, collections and installations. Being published online, a key feature will be the inclusion of ‘galleries’ of work, as well as material in movie and audio format. All articles will undergo a process of peer review, managed by the editor and assisted by a body of international experts forming an advisory panel.

In the first instance, Colour: Design & Creativity will be open access, thanks to funding received from the Worshipful Company of Dyers, and can be found at the following website: We invite anyone active in colour research, development and application to submit material for subsequent issues, or to contact the editor, by email :

Colour, Design & Creativity
Colour, Design & Creativity - the new online journal from the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), for the professional and academic design community, is now live! Design and related subjects are increasingly being studied and taught as an academic discipline in universities. They represent one of the significant interfaces between art and science, and the journal is dedicated to exploring this relatively unfamiliar area, and to providing a forum for workers in disparate disciplines to communicate the results of their work and to discuss issues of common interest. Find out more by visiting :

2008 SDC Colour Innovation Award - Honouring global contributions to colour
Innovative products and innovative ways of thinking are imperative to driving markets forward. With this in mind, the Society is pleased to launch the 2008 Colour Innovation Award – open to entries that break new ground and alter the way in which people think, act, use and respond to colour.

What do we mean by innovation? It can be anything that demonstrates a novel and distinct use of colour; introduces a new colour process; adds to our knowledge of colour; improves the performance of colour; is environmentally conscious; challenges existing conventions; solves a key problem; etc. The judges will be looking for a unique contribution to colour in any one of the following sectors:


Any company, educational establishment or other organisation with a qualifying innovation introduced between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2007 can enter.
In addition to a specially commissioned trophy, a prize of £1500 is on offer plus two years’ free membership of the Society’s Patron Supporter Scheme.

Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2008. The five finalists will be notified by 29 February 2008 and the winner will be announced at the Society’s Day of Celebration in April 2008. Details of the finalists’ entries will be on display during the course of the evening.

For an application form, email :
Alternatively, the form can be downloaded from

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