The Colour Collective • Sydney

Our mission is to initiate and support colour activations and interventions in applied design, the built environment, 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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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…

Public Space Ideas Competition

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

The Colour Collective Sydney submission team was Naomi Shaw, Jonathan Watcham, and…

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. 


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 Awards 2018

The Colour Collective Sydney sponsored the Colour Awards at the Master Painters Association Awards 2018. We helped judge the award and presented the winners (Commercial and Residential categories) at the Awards night on 3 November 2018.

The winning Commercial project…

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Events & Workshops

Previous events

Date Event Location
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
 —  — Contemporary Colour Strategies in Design and Architecture Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst NSW 2795 Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst NSW 2795
 —  — Effective Colour Design for Healthcare & Aged Care Work Inc, Lavender Bay Work Inc, Lavender Bay