The Colour Collective • Sydney

Our mission is to initiate and support colour activations and interventions in applied design, the built environrment, marketing and branding plus deliver public talks, webinars, workshops and awards.

We have extensive links on a national and international basis including the International Colour Association (AIC) and the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC).

Our directors include award-winning professionals, academics and creatives:  

  • 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: Leah Rosenberg's 'Everywhere, a Color' at SFO International airport. 

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Color Impact 2020

The Color Impact 2020 conference, due to take place at Yale University in June, will now be a special one-day webinar symposium.  

The webinar, to be held on June 6, 2020, will hosted by the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC) and…

International Colour Day 2020

ICD-2020 is Saturday 21 March and in light of Covid-19, we’ve cancelled our planned ICD event and we're holding an Instagram competition!

Post your favourite colourful image on Instagram using the hashtag #ICDxColourCollectiveSydney.

The top three images that the get…

Colour Talk at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Contemporary Colour Strategies in Design & Architecture: The legacy of Marion Hall Best.

Hear from Dr Zena O’Connor as she discusses contemporary ideas and theories on colour in conjunction with the Marion Hall Best exhibition - 26 February 2020. 


AIC2019 Conference - Buenos Aires

The 2019 midterm meeting of the AIC (International Colour Association) was held in Buenos Aires, 14 to 17 October 2019. The conference theme was “Color and Landscape” and Dr Zena O'Connor (Colour Collective Sydney) was asked to deliver a keynote…

Digital Colour Apps + Tools

This workshop features some of the new colour apps and tools available online which make colour design and creativity a breeze!

An interactive workshop, it's a hands-on introduction to some of the best new colour apps and tools available in…

An important workshop for aged care and healthcare design

Colour and contrast are imperative in aged care and healthcare to improve environmental visual literacy. 

This evidence-based seminar gives you the knowledge you need to effectively use colour and contrast in aged care and healthcare. While colour is important in…

International Colour Day

The Colour Collective Sydney celebrated International Day at a fabulous evening event at Caroma on Collins, Alexandria, Sydney. 

Speakers on the night included Nuha Saad, a Sydney-based installation artist and sculptor. Nuha's colourful public art installations feature in City of…

Colour Psychology Workshop

This Colour Psychology workshop helps you to sort fact from fiction, and gives you evidence-based knowledge about human responses to colour that you can apply with confidence in advertising and design. 3 CPD points for architects and designers.

Tickets are…

Colour Fundamentals Workshop

Need a refresher on the basics? 

This Colour Fundamentals workshop gives you a foundation of colour theory knowledge. It gives you the confidence to work with colour from an informed perspective. 3 CPD points for architects and designers.

Tickets are…

Kolormondo Pro Globe

The Colour Collective Sydney is delighted to be a distributor of Kolormondo globes.

Developed in Sweden specifically for designers and architects, the Kolormondo Pro globe features 570 colours, all with NCS and CMYK colour codes. The Kolormondo Pro globe…

Colour, Branding & Social Media

This public talk at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, was presented by Zena O'Connor, PhD.

The talk discussed Colour, Power & Identity in conjunction with the exhibition 'Modern Masters from the Hermitage' at the Gallery. A key focus of…

AIC2018 Conference - Lisboa

The annual Conference and Interim Meeting of the International Colour Association (Association Internationale de la Couleur) was held 25-29 September 2018 in Lisboa, Portugal. 

AIC conferences and meetings are always well-attended, insightful and informative. There were only two attendees from…

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