About

The Colour Collective • Sydney

Our mission is to make a positive difference in our community by initiating and supporting colour activations and interventions. We hold events and  CPD workshops, and sponsor colour awards.  We are an inclusive association and welcome all who have an interest in colour.  We encourage research and exploration in all aspects of colour, and aim to disseminate information about colour without limitation. With links on a international and national basis including the International Colour Association (AIC) and the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC), our founding members include:   

  • Zena O’Connor, PhD. Evidence-based colour consultant – website and LinkedIn
  • Naomi Shaw, producer and management consultant – LinkedIn
  • Jonathan Watcham, consultant, writer, coach & seminar leader - website and LinkedIn 
  • Melissa Ward, architect and designer - website and LinkedIn
  • Geoffrey Gifford, artist and designer – website and LinkedIn

Colour Collective Sydney: Articles of Association link

Image credit: Geoffrey Gifford mural featuring Warming Stripes illustrating temperature change for NSW 1910-2010 (used with approval from Prof Ed Hawkins, University of Reading).

Latest News

Colour Psychology Workshop

Colour Psychology workshop - the next session in our schedule of in-person colour workshops.

Colour has the capacity to influence human response. This interactive Colour Psychology workshop helps you to sort fact from fiction, and gives you evidence-based knowledge about…

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Colour Fundamentals Workshop

We're excited to offer the first in our schedule of in-person colour workshops again!  

Our 3-hour interactive workshops blend practical exercises with evidence-based content in an accessible, informative, and fun way. You’ll leave each session armed with invaluable insight and…

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CPD Seminar

We're excited to present this CPD seminar in conjunction with the Aged Care Industry Association. 

Thursday 16 June - 1:30 to 3:30pm Eastern Standard Time (1:00-3:00pm South Australia and 11:30-1:30pm Western Australia) 

3 Formal CPD points for architects and designers…

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Colour Psychology Workshop

Now that the pandemic is almost over and restrictions have lifted, we're excited to present this Colour Psychology Workshop at the Queens Club in Sydney at 10:30am on 2 June. So, if you're a member or if you know a…

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AIC Newsletter - December 2021

The December 2021 issue of the AIC Newsletter featured our sponsorship of the 2021 Enmore Design Centre Graduate Colour Awards. This sponsorship represents our ongoing commitment to providing meaningful awards to encourage the use of colour. The Colour Collective Sydney…

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Colour Awards Sponsor

The Colour Collective Sydney are proud sponsors of four Colour Awards at the Design Centre Enmore Graduate Event 2021. The DCE Graduate Awards night occurred on Wednesday December 1, 2021 and each of the four Colour Award winners received a…

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Colour in the Built Environment Conference

We're excited about this conference on colour in the built environment hosted by the Oslo Planning Dept., Norway. To be held 9:00am to 2:30pm, December 1, 2021, the conference is open and free for all to register. One of our…

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New articles on colour

2021 has been a bumper year for new peer-reviewed articles on colour theory and colour application. The Meeting Report of the Study Group on Environmental Colour Design of the International Colour Association conference AIC2021 has just been published in Color…

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Encyclopedia - Updated!

The updated 2021 edition of Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology has been published! This is an excellent resource for those interested in colour across all its manifestations as well as colour theory and colour application. We are chuffed that…

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ACIA - Colour Design for Aged Care

An important workshop session initiated by the Aged Care Industry Association (ACIA) was presented by Dr Zena O’Connor, one of the founders of the Colour Collective Sydney. The CPD seminar ‘Colour Design for Aged Care and Dementia Care’ focused on…

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#ColourMeHappySydney

In an initiative aimed at bolstering community connection and positivity during the extended Sydney Covid-19 lockdown in July-August 2021, the Colour Collective Sydney hosted a social media-based project. The colour community in Sydney was encouraged to post images on Instagram…

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AIC Newsletter - June 2021

The June 2021 issue of the AIC Newsletter featured our International Colour Day Competition including fifteen images that were submitted to our Instagram ICD competition. We are thrilled that these fabulous, creative images from competition Winner Natalie O’Connor and Second…

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Events, CPD Sessions & Workshops

Previous events

Date Event Location
Colour in the Built Environment - Lecture Online lecture (Oslo Norway) Online lecture (Oslo Norway)
 —  — Colour Psychology CPD Session Work Inc, Lavender Bay Work Inc, Lavender Bay
StoryVoice CPD Workshop for Architects & Designers Work Inc, Lavender Bay Work Inc, Lavender Bay
 —  — Perceived vs. Specified Colour Resene CPD webinar Resene CPD webinar
 —  — Demystifying Colour - CPD session Online webinar Online webinar
Demystifying Colour - CPD session Online webinar Online webinar
Demystifying Colour - CPD webinar Online webinar Online webinar
 —  — Colour Apps + Tools CPD Session Work Inc, Lavender Bay Work Inc, Lavender Bay
 —  — Effective Colour Design for Aged Care & Healthcare CPD Session Online webinar Online webinar
Demystifying Colour - CPD webinar Online webinar Online webinar
Demystifying Colour - CPD webinar Online webinar Online webinar
Demystifying Colour: Making sense of different colour models & systems Resene CPD Webinar Resene CPD Webinar
 —  — Colour Apps + Tools Workshop Online webinar Online webinar
 —  — Colour Fundamentals Workshop Webinar Webinar
 —  — Colour Psychology Webinar Webinar
Marketing for Architects, Designers + Building Professionals CPD Webinar CPD Webinar
 —  — Social Media 101 Webinar Webinar
 —  — Colour Psychology Workshop (Architects) CPD Webinar CPD Webinar
 —  — Colour Contrast for Orientation and Wayfinding Resene CPD webinar Resene CPD webinar
 —  — Colour Design for Healthcare & Aged Care - webinar Online Online