The Colour Collective • Sydney

Our mission is to initiate and support colour activations and interventions in applied design, built environment, marketing and branding plus deliver public events, workshops and awards.

We are an inclusive association and welcome newcomers with an interest in colour across any field. We have links on a national and international basis including the International Colour Association (AIC) and the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC).

Our founding members 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:Lothar Götz mural, City of Westminster College.

Latest News

Specified vs. Perceived Colour Webinar

You can register for this webinar, hosted by Resene, via this link

Presented by Dr Zena O'Connor, this webinar focuses on managing the factors that impact specified colour in the built environment.

Colour scheme specification for both interior spaces…

International Colour Day Awards

We are excited to announce our 2021 International Colour Day Award!  It's open to images of all work that features colour across any field - art, architecture, design, photography, advertising, film, student or graduate work - completed within 12 months…

AIC2021 - Milan

AIC2021 is shaping up to be an exciting online event!  Open to all and with presentations in English, the program features a wide range of speakers and colour-related topics - August 30th to September 3rd 2021 

Abstract submission deadline is…

Colour knowledge survey

Lingua Colour is developing a new colour system for creative professionals and educators, and to achieve this, Craig Kirkwood, PhD researcher at Cardiff Metropolitan University, is conducting a survey to evaluate the level of understanding about colour among the general…

Traditional colour theory

If you're confused about 'traditional colour theory', there's a newly published paper that clearly describes this branch of colour theory. Published in the leading journal on colour (Color Research & Application) the paper avoids confusing and conflated ideas about colour…

AIC Conference 2020

We were excited to contribute to AIC2020, the annual conference of the International Colour Association. Due to Covid-19, the conference was not held in Avignon as planned but online.

One of our co-founders, Zena O'Connor, presented four papers: Tactical Urbanism…

Colour Trends 2021

In early December each year, Pantone announces their Colour of the Year, which has significant impact in product product development and purchasing decisions across multiple industries - fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. 

Public Space Ideas Competition

We're excited to announce that our submission to the Public Space Ideas Competition has been short-listed in the Best Temporary/Low Cost Public Space Idea category. 

The Colour Collective Sydney submission team was Naomi Shaw, Jonathan Watcham, and Zena O'Connor. We're…

Color Impact 2020

An excellent summary of Color Impact 2020 by Dr Kate Edwards is available in Color Research & Application, Vol. 45, Issue 5.  Dr Edwards' summary can be accessed via this link.

Hosted by the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC), the…

Marketing skills - Architects & Designers

Communications and marketing guru Jonathan Watcham is a founding member of the Colour Collective Sydney. He has developed these workshops specifically for architects, designers and building professionals in mid-size practices.

Jonathan knows that, in a highly competitive property, construction and…

International Colour Day 2020

ICD-2020 is Saturday 21 March and in light of Covid-19, we cancelled our planned ICD event and held an Instagram competition.

Images were posted on Instagram using the hashtag #ICDxColourCollectiveSydney and there were many fabulous entries!

Winners received a Kolormondo…

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. 


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Events & Workshops

Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — 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 Workshop Work Inc, Lavender Bay Work Inc, Lavender Bay
 —  — Effective Colour Design for Aged Care & Healthcare 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
Colour Fundamentals - 12 week online course Online Online
International Colour Day 2020 Instagram Instagram
 —  — Colour Fundamentals Workshop Work Inc, Lavender Bay Work Inc, Lavender Bay