Colours Symposium

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Abdul Jabbar Khatri 'Bandhani Chandrokhani' 2018

Colours Symposium

To coincide with the exhibition Local Colour: epxeriments in nature (UNSW ART + DESIGN Galleries 28 July – 22 September 2018), we are holding a morning session with five wonderful speakers to survey the pleasures of colour.

Saturday 25 August 2018, 9:45 – 1:00 pm
UNSW ART + DESIGN, Lecture Theatre EG02, Oxford Street, Paddington.

9:.45 – 10:00 am Registration

10.00 – 10.30 am Reds
Liz Williamson, Associate Professor, UNSW Art & Design and curator of Local Colour: experiments in nature, will speak on ‘reds’ sourced from flora and fauna, focusing on the work of Indian artists and social enterprise groups in the exhibition. Her talk will include a brief overview of her research into natural dyes in Australia from when Phillip arrived in 1788 with cochineal bugs to the experiments with Australian plants that give a red dye.

10:.30 – 11:00 am A two-part presentation on The Blues and Greens of Krishna and Indian raga Vasant ragini.

Jackie Menzies, co-author of Dancing to the Flute, Music and Dance in Indian Art (1997), will talk on a gem-like painting of Krishna that illustrates the melody (raga) most closely associated with spring and the festival of Holi, ‘the festival of colours’.

Let’s dance with colour: Bhupen Thakker, a three-time NSW finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam, winner of the NSW Poetry Sprint, and 2016 Multilingual Poet of the year, will recite some of his poems on Krishna and raga.

11:00 – 11:30 am Tea break

11:30 – 12:00 pm The Five Colours of Chinese Ceramics for Qing Imperial Ritual. Iain Clark, independent researcher interested in late imperial and modern Chinese ceramics, will discuss colour in a fascinating review of Chinese Imperial ritual and its ceramic vessels, where colour has special significance.

12:00 – 12:30 pm Japanese Blues
Dr Marianne Hulsbosch, Honorary Senior Lecturer Visual Arts and Design Education, The University of Sydney, will examine how the socio-cultural significance of the colour blue has permeated Japanese artefacts from textiles to woodblock prints, everyday items and even food.

12.30 – 1.00 pm Curator’s tour of the exhibition

1.00 – 5.00 pm Exhibition viewing at your leisure

How to Book: Email Chris Manning at, or phone Chris on 0412 686 025. Please make all bookings & payment in advance. No refunds.

How to Pay:

1. By Direct Debit (use “your name Colours” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. Via this website using credit card or Paypal – see bookings button above right.

3. By cheque made out to The Asian Arts Society of Australia, and send to PO Box 996, Potts Point NSW 2011.



25 August, 2018
9:45 am - 1:00 pm AEST
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UNSW Art & Design (COFA)
Oxford St
Paddington, NSW Australia
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