Archive: Past events, Cfps and funding

Past CFPs and events.

Darkrooms and Representations: Histories of Photography, Film and Exploration Conference. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Keynote Speakers: Dr Geir Kløver (Director, The Fram Museum), Dr Lawrence Napper (Senior Lecturer, King’s College London), Bryony Dixon (Curator of Silent Film, British Film Institute). Programme     Registration. £60 (students, concessions). £80 (salaried, full fee).

The role of photography and film has often been relegated to that of illustration, yet its uses – as a visual record, in scientific research, education and travelogues – have been varied and at times ingenious. From experimentation with technologies in extreme environments (telephoto lenses, glass plate negatives, flashlight photography, chrono-photography, photomicrography, cinematography) to the practices that have emerged through ethnographic studies, meteorology, astronomy, oceanology, cartography and the documentation of wildlife, the mediation of photography and film has made otherwise inaccessible geographies visible. Yet, this ‘window’ on to the world is constructed, it is made using materials and techniques which tell a story: from a physical trace of the environment to a record of scientific and cultural practices.

This interdisciplinary conference examines the history of exploration through film, photography and photographers, scientific techniques, artistic practices and in the mediation and display of museum collections for exhibition: from photographic materials and technologies to the darkroom practices that shape visual representations and underpin or counter voyage narratives. It brings together scholars, photographers and archivists who work on the histories, theories and philosophies of photography, film and audio-visual forms which intersect with narratives of exploration: its politics, ideologies (gender, class, imperialism) their subversion and subtexts through to its use in educational and entertainment forms both past and present. Read more

Enquires: Lizelle de Jaeger ldejager@rmg.co.uk Dr Liz Watkins e.i.watkins@leeds.ac.uk

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update 17 March 2020



BAFTSS 2020 Conference Bursaries: closed. BAFTSS is offering a limited number of conference bursaries of up to £100 each in order to support travel costs and other relevant expenses. The scheme is open to all PGR students, Early Career Researchers and Independent Scholars wishing to participate in the 8th Annual BAFTSS conference activities. Priority will be allocated to those presenting either a paper or a poster at the Conference, but anyone requiring support in this way may apply. Deadline: closed. Application Form.

Updated 17 March 2020



Event cancelled : BAFTSS 2020 Conference “Rethinking Screen Cultures”, University of St Andrews. 16th-18th April 2020.

unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. See BAFTSS.org for further information. 

At a time when Film, Screen and TV Studies is placing increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary methodologies and fresh objects beyond the traditional canon, this conference seeks to foreground new directions and methodologies in the discipline. These ‘new’ directions often move beyond the screen and this conference will explore the varied ways in which screen media, from early industrial film to VR, is produced, distributed, circulated, exhibited, archived and consumed. Screen Cultures shape our political and social frames of reference, and are frequently at the centre of contemporary global debates, whether around the environment, global finance, citizen activism or ‘fake news’. The conference explores the ways that our discipline – and screen media more broadly –  can challenge, deconstruct and critically analyse a world order historically sustained by screen media. Conference Programme 

Cancelled: The Colour and Film SIG Panel is scheduled for: 09:30 – 11:00 Thursday 16th April 2020, Byre Auditorium, University of St Andrews. ‘Chromatic Materials: Rethinking Colour Cinema through the Fashion Film’. The panel includes presentations by Kirsty Dootson Sinclair, Natalie Snoyman and Lucy Moyse Ferreira. 

Postponed ( more information available soon) The Colour and Film SIG Meeting 2020 was to be held: 11:00 – 11:20 Saturday 18th April 2020 in Parliament Hall at the University of St Andrews. This SIG meeting has been postponed.

Registration Closed event cancelled  Standard rate delegate: £160 (three days) or £110 (two days) Reduced rate delegate (unwaged/unsalaried/students): £80 (three days) or £55 (two days). Registration deadline: closed 

17 March 2020



Announcement: Fifth International Colour in Film Conference, BFI Southbank London. 11th -13th March 2020The event is co-organised by the Colour Group GB and HTW – University of Applied Sciences Berlin and ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors (University of Zurich)  in collaboration with The British Film Institute (BFI) .The event will include screenings, keynote lectures and presentations from international film and colour scholars. Programme Registration Full fee: £118 [Full Fee for Members of the Colour Group, GB, HTW Berlin, University of Zurich, BFI:  £95]; Student: £45 [Student fee for Members of the Colour Group, GB, HTW Berlin or University of Zurich, BFI: £25]

18:30 Thursday 12th March 2020 conference film screening (ticketed separately): Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk, 1954) Introduced by Barbara Flueckiger, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

updated 24 February 2020



CFP: Frames Cinema Journal Special Issue on The Politics of Colour Media, Issue 17, Summer 2020. Guest Editor: Kirsty Sinclair Dootson. Co-Editors-in-Chief: Ana Maria Sapountzi & Peize Li. Book Review Editor: Patrick Adamson.

Although colour has historically been trivialised as superficial, feminine, cosmetic, and decorative, the 17th issue of Frames Cinema Journal, guest edited by Dr Kirsty Sinclair Dootson, interrogates and celebrates colour as a potent political force. Colour media around the globe, chief amongst them film and television, have established, reinvented, progressed, and aestheticised national, political, social, and cultural profiles, evolving an ideological currency alongside their aesthetic values. This issue of Frames therefore examines the political power of colour media by simultaneously gazing at these intersecting ideological, technical, and aesthetic histories. Precisely because colour does not comprise a single technology or set of visual practices, but a host of interlocking apparatuses and contingent aesthetic principles, we invite submissions that attend to any aspect of chromatic media from around the world. Read More

Deadline for Abstracts: now closed

added 27th December 2019



Call For Posters: BAFTSS Postgraduate Research Poster ShowcaseThe BAFTSS Executive Committee invites postgraduate members to showcase their doctoral research during the BAFTSS 2020 conference on Rethinking Screen Cultures at the University of St Andrews (16-18 April 2020).  We will host a display of research posters in a central space at the conference, and offer a prize of £100 to the research poster that is considered to be most successful by the conference delegates. Our aim is to provide a structured yet comfortable forum for scholarly exchange, while promoting the visibility of the research being conducted within our postgraduate community. Read More…

Closing date: Monday 10th February 2020. Please submit a draft of your poster as an attachment (in PDF format) in the first instance to the BAFTSS Acting Secretary Dr Liz Watkins ( e.i.watkins@leeds.ac.uk ) Please include the following details on your poster: your name, University affiliation and email address. Deadline: Past event

2nd January 2020



Travel and Accommodation Bursaries (EUR300) for Early Career Scholars and Archivists are offered by the ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors. For further information and to submit an application (short CV & motivation letter) contact PD Dr. Simon Spiegel, Scientific Research Manager, ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors  Deadline: 27th January 2020.

updated 27th December 2019



Call For Posters: BAFTSS Postgraduate Research Poster ShowcaseThe BAFTSS Executive Committee invites postgraduate members to showcase their doctoral research during the BAFTSS 2020 conference on Rethinking Screen Cultures at the University of St Andrews (16-18 April 2020).  We will host a display of research posters in a central space at the conference, and offer a prize of £100 to the research poster that is considered to be most successful by the conference delegates. Our aim is to provide a structured yet comfortable forum for scholarly exchange, while promoting the visibility of the research being conducted within our postgraduate community. Read More…

Closing date: Monday 10th February 2020. Please submit a draft of your poster as an attachment (in PDF format) in the first instance to the BAFTSS Acting Secretary Dr Liz Watkins ( e.i.watkins@leeds.ac.uk ) Please include the following details on your poster: your name, University affiliation and email address. 

2nd January 2020



Announcement: Fifth International Colour in Film Conference. London. 11th -13th March 2020The event is co-organised by the Colour Group GB and HTW – University of Applied Sciences Berlin and ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors (University of Zurich)  in collaboration with The British Film Institute (BFI) .The event will include screenings, keynote lectures and presentations from international film and colour scholars in the BFI’s – National Film Theatre 3Registration (£25-£118)

Travel and Accommodation Bursaries (EUR300) for Early Career Scholars and Archivists are offered by the ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors. For further information and to submit an application (short CV & motivation letter) contact PD Dr. Simon Spiegel, Scientific Research Manager, ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors  Deadline: 27th January 2020.

updated 27th December 2019



CFP: BAFTSS Postgraduate Research Poster Showcase, BAFTSS 8th Annual Conference, University of St Andrews, 16th-18th April 2020.

The BAFTSS Executive Committee would like to invite postgraduate members to showcase their doctoral research during the BAFTSS 2020 conference on Rethinking Screen Cultures at the University of St Andrews (16-18 April 2020).  We will host a display of research posters in a central space at the conference, and offer a prize of £100 to the research poster that is considered to be most successful by the conference delegates. Our aim is to provide a structured yet comfortable forum for scholarly exchange, while promoting the visibility of the research being conducted within our postgraduate community. Read more   Deadline: Monday 10th February 2020 

22nd November 2019



Call for participants in conference panel on ‘Color in Transition’. NECS Working Group in Colour In Film and Media. NECS Annual Conference. 18th- 20th June 2020. Palermo.

Color in Transition conference panel: Color has always been an element in transition, moving in-between the realms of theory, aesthetics, perception and technology, and finding itself in a continuous state of transnational circulation.

For the NECS 2020 conference in Palermo, the NECS workgroup Color in Film and Media wishes to organize one or more panel(s) on color in transition. The topic can be approached from a series of points of view. For instance, in terms of the transnational circulation of color, colorful motifs and discourses or technologies and people connected to color in film and media. Another possible topic is the multifaceted practices of translation, transposition and the reusing of filmic color or colorful elements in contemporary art and media. Furthermore, we also welcome theoretical approaches to color in transition, such as historical poetics, phenomenology, or post-colonial studies.

If you wish to participate in a panel, please do not hesitate to contact us. Deadline: 16th January 2020. Please send to: bregt.lameris@fiwi.uzh.ch.

If you would like to organize a panel on the topic of color in transition yourself, please let us know so we can streamline our activities and sponsor your panel.

added 12 December 2019



Announcement: the Fifth International Colour in Film Conference will be held in NFT3, BFI Southbank Tuesday 10th March to Thursday 12th March 2020. The conference is co-organised by Colour Group GB (Dr. Elza Tantcheva-Burdge), HTW Berlin (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ruedel), and University of Zurich (Prof. Dr. Barbara Flueckiger), the fifth edition will highlight the results of the latter’s ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors project.

added 22 May 2019



 CFP: BAFTSS 8th Annual Conference: Rethinking Screen Cultures, University of St Andrews 16-18 April 2020. The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies invite abstracts for individual research presentations and convened panel proposals. Conference delegates must have BAFTSS membership and pay the conference registration fee.  Deadline (for all Individual and Panel abstracts): Closed.  

updated 27th December 2019



Convener: Colour and Film SIG panel at the BAFTSS 8th Annual Conference: Rethinking Screen Cultures, University of St Andrews 16-18 April 2020. If you would like to participate in, or to organise, the Colour and Film SIG panel for the BAFTSS Conference, then please contact me at e.i.watkins@leeds.ac.uk  The panel can be on any topic on history, theory, aesthetics of colour and film, TV and screen media.

Each of the BAFTSS SIGS is invited to submit a panel proposal: this can be organised as a workshop, a roundtable discussion, or 3 research papers followed by Q&A. The session needs to be structured and to work within the 1 hour 30minute time slot. Each participant in SIG sessions must have BAFTSS membership and pay the conference registration fee.  Deadline (for all Individual and Panel abstracts): Closed

23 November 2019



Brotherton Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship (South Bank Archive) Deadline 1st December 2019. “The South Bank Show is a longstanding, popular British arts television show broadcast on the ITV network for over 30 years. Melvyn Bragg’s name is synonymous with the South Bank Show as its long-serving presenter and editor. The Production Archive (1978-2010) is an internationally significant unique audio-visual collection, donated to the University of Leeds in 2015. Copyright is owned by ITV.”

The Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute, in collaboration with the University of Leeds Special Collections, will host the South Bank Show production archive post-doctoral fellowship. The fellowship is designed exclusively for early career researchers to make use of the South Bank Show production archive and to help maximise external funding opportunities, particularly for post-doctoral research. Deadline: The application deadline is 23:59 on the 1st December 2019. The Fellowship should be completed by 31st July 2020, but can begin anytime from 1st January 2020. 

Download the scheme guidelines and application form. Enquiries about the collection, rights issues or potential digitisation should be directed to Digital Content Manager Jodie Double. “

20th November 2019 



Event: Shades of Grey: The History and Ethics of Colourisation in Cinema. Widescreen Weekend Film Festival,National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. 13:45 -14:45 Thursday 10th October 2019. This panel discussion – on the controversial practice of colourisation, its successes, failures and ethics – brings together Professor Sir Christopher Frayling (broadcaster, cultural historian, writer), David Strohmaier (restoration producer for Cinerama Inc) and Tom Vincent (archivist for Aardman Animations) in session chaired by Dr Liz Watkins (research fellow in the history of art and film, University of Leeds). The discussion about colourisation forms part of the Widescreen Weekend Film Festival featuring large screen formats and film technologies read more

Shades of Grey: the History and Ethics of Colourisation. Widescreen Weekend Film Festival, National Science and Media Museum. 10th October 2019 (images courtesy of the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford)

added 6 September 2019



Past Exhibition: Color Mania – The Material of Color in Photography and Film Exhibition,  Fotomuseum Winterthur, 7 September – 24 November 2019.

‘Since the earliest days of cinema, film has been a colorful medium and art form. More than 230 film color processes have been devised in the course of film history, often in close connection with photography. For instance, the screen process Dufaycolor was initially developed in the context of still photography before being used in motion pictures in the 1930s. The exhibition highlights the historical connections of color as a material in photography and film and also presents the application of historical color processes and techniques in the work of contemporary photographers and artists.

The exhibition is organised by SNSF as Agora-project of the University of Zurich, the research projects ERC Advanced Grant: FilmColors. Bridging the Gap between Technology and Aesthetics and SNF Film Colors. Technologies, Cultures, Institutions of Prof. Dr. Barbara Flückiger. Curated by Nadine Wietlisbach and guest curator Dr. Eva Hielscher.’ read more.

added 6 August 2019



Conference Registration open: Global Colour and the Moving Image Conference, University of Bristol, 10-12 July 2019. Keynote speakers: Professor Barbara Flueckiger, University of Zurich and Professor Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Plus a screening of Point Blank (1967) and Q&A with the director John Boorman CBE at the Bristol Watershed.

Ten years on from the Colour and the Moving Image conference in Bristol, the study of film colour has grown impressively. While the majority of research has been undertaken on early 20th century colour processes, far less is known about the introduction and application of colour technologies from the second half of the 20th century onwards. As stocks such as Eastmancolor, Agfacolor, and Fujicolor became cheaper, national film industries increasingly converted to colour, exhibiting a variety of aesthetic, cultural, economic and intermedial approaches to its application.

The conference brings together papers on a number of themes, countries and contexts that will add to our knowledge of the origins and nature of colour film’s increasing ubiquity since the 1950s.The conference is organized by The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema research project team in an attempt to reach a greater understanding of the multiple, comparative complexities of global colour and the moving image.

Registration Now Open: Please visit the Eastmancolor Revolution to register before 1st June and for the full programme.

Please note: that tickets for the screening of Point Blank on Wednesday 10th July will need to be purchased separately from the Watershed once available.

updated 11 June 2019


Call for Submissions: Film Stock: Histories, Technologies, Aesthetics, edited by Alice Lovejoy, Kirsty Sinclair Dootson and Pansy Duncan.
 
Contributions are sought for Film Stock: Histories, Technologies, Aesthetics, a volume that aims to offer a critical overview of the history of film stock in its multiple material, technical, social, political, industrial, and aesthetic dimensions. The scope of the book is conceived in truly global terms: we particularly welcome contributions that address non-Western contexts, as well as contributions that work between national or regional contexts. The book’s focus on film stock as a form of material culture is animated by a host of recent and emergent trends in the discipline of film and media studies, and we anticipate that contributions will critically engage with film stock’s many material components, its ecological and environmental aspects, its economic and industrial histories, and the ideological underpinnings of its material and technical bases. We welcome contributions not only from film scholars but also from archivists, preservationists, and practitioners read more

added May 2019


CFP: Postgraduate Research Poster Showcase Competition, BAFTSS 7thAnnual Conference, University of Birmingham (25 -27 April 2019)The BAFTSS Executive Committee would like to invite postgraduate members to showcase their doctoral research during the 2019 conference at the University of Birmingham (25-27 April 2019).  We will host a display of research posters in a central space at the conference, and offer a prize of £100 to the poster judged to be the winner by a panel of delegates and EC members.  Our aim is to provide a structured yet comfortable forum for scholarly exchange, while promoting the visibility of the research being conducted within our postgraduate community. Draft Posters should be sent to Sue Harris and Liz Watkins no later than Deadline:Friday 1st March 2018  further information

January 2019


Conference: BAFTSS 7th Annual Conference University of Birmingham, 25- 27 April 2019 is on Intersecting Identities: Race, Sex, Nation. The conference is concerned with intersecting identities in all their forms (racial, sexual, national and transnational, cultural, political and gendered/generic). It will provide an opportunity to debate how the study of identities has developed since the early decades of screen studies, where it is now, and how the discipline should take it forward. Intersectionality as a concept was born at the end of the 1980s, and has proven influential ever since as a method for analysing film and media productions as well as in the fields of critical race and disability studies, feminist theory and transnational studies. In the words of Kimberlé Crenshaw in 2017, ‘Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects.’ Deadline: CFP: now closed (Friday 14 December 2018.) Completed proposal forms should be sent to baftssconference@gmail.com  Applicants notified in January 2019.

Conference registration fees: 3 days: £160 (full fee, salaried) £80 (concession, student, unsalaried, unwaged). OR 2 days £110 (full fee, salaried) or £55 (concession, student, unsalaried, unwaged).

April 2019



Registration open: Professor Sarah Street (University of Bristol) has been awarded the Colour Group, GB’s Turner Medal for work on colour, film and art. Sarah Street will be giving her Turner Lecture on The Art of Film Colourat City University, London on Wednesday 6th February 2019 (17:15 – 19:30). Registration: Admission to lecture and reception only by a free ticket.

 January 2019


Registration open:for the Colour Group GB’s Fourth International Conference on Colour in FilmThe conference runs from 12noon on Monday 25th February – 14:00 Wednesday 27th February 2019 at the BFI Southbank, London. Location, times, prices.   Eventbrite.   Programme

The event is organised by the Colour Group GB and HTW – University of Applied Sciences Berlin and ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors (University of Zurich) in collaboration with The British Film Institute (BFI) .The event will include screenings, keynote lectures and presentations from international film and colour scholars in the BFI’s – National Film Theatre. continue reading

January 2019


Funding:  Early Career Travel Awards of up to £500 are being offered by the Colour Group, GB . ‘The goal of the Colour Group Awards Scheme is to encourage students and young researchers (PhD students or postdoctoral scholars) who are members of the Colour Group GB either working or studying in a UK institution to present their work at national and international meetings, and to benefit from interaction with the international colour community.’ Deadline for applications: 16:00 on the 10th April 2019.

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Funding: The BAFTSS Event Funding scheme is open for applications. A limited number of awards of up to £300 each will be made in 2018-19. This funding is typically for the support of seminars, symposia and local conferences organized by individual members of BAFTSS (faculty or graduate students). Events must take place before 30th September 2019. Application details.

added 9th October 2018


Funding: BAFTSS Special Interest Group Funding Applications can be made to BAFTSS for fundingof up to £250 to support the organisation of a meeting, film screening or other event that facilitates the research interests of the Special Interest Group. Each SIG can apply for £250 pa. The initial funding period runs December 2016 – December 2018).

added  30th September 2018


CFP: BAFTSS Special Interest Group on Colour and Film Panel Convenor. If you are a current member of the SIG and would like to organise the Colour and Film SIG Panel for the BAFTSS 7th Annual Conference (25-27 April 2019) then please contact e.i.watkins@leeds.ac.uk by 1st December 2018.  Previous panels organised by the Colour and Film SIG were on Journeys through Colour (Bristol 2017) and Retrochrome (2018). The panel proposal – on any topic on colour, film, media and/or the conference theme – can include 3 to 4 speakers (15-20mins presentations) and the name of someone to chair the session.

added  18th October 2018

CFP for a color TV panel at SCMS 2019 (Seattle) on Color TV Aesthetics. While scholars once lamented the lack of critical attention paid to color in film, in recent years a number of publications have reversed this trend, making color a lively and dynamic field of enquiry for film scholars. Color television has yet to benefit from this new wave of chromophilia however, and has not received the close scrutiny afforded to film.  Question of color aesthetics have been almost entirely absent from discussions of color broadcasting. Histories of the post-war period tend to focus exclusively on the international diplomatic wrangling over which color system each country would adopt (PAL, SECAM, or NTSC) amidst a cold-war climate where content-sharing was freighted with geo-political importance. more

Please email a paper proposals, including a title (120 characters), abstract (2500 characters), 3-5 bibliographic sources, and a bio (500 characters) by 6th August 2018 to Kirsty Sinclair Dootson (Kirsty.dootson@yale.edu) and Professor Susan Murray ().

added 18th July 2018


Call for Essays: Cinema and Mid-Century Colour Culture, Cinema&Cie, International Film Studies Journal, Edited by Elena Gipponi and Joshua Yumibe. Deadline: Closed.

Recently there has been renewed scholarly interest in the technology of cinema, shaped in part by the ongoing digital transformations of the apparatus. Film theorists have long acknowledged a crucial role for technology in shaping new forms of experience, and conversely, recent examinations of the cinematic apparatus have also emphasised the ways in which a given technology itself is a form of mediation influenced by aesthetic choices, other intermedial forms of technology, and broader social and cultural processes. Informed by such insights, this issue of Cinéma&Cie will focus on the technology of cinematic colour, specifically its analogue changes at mid-century, ca. the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, though studies are welcome that extend this timeframe, particularly for thinking through parallel developments in the Global South. This is the era in which photographic systems such as three-strip Technicolor, Kodachrome, Agfacolor, Eastmancolor, and Fujicolor dramatically transformed cinematic practice – from musicals and melodramas, to animation, experimental, and amateur cinemas – and led to the eventual normalisation of colour over black-and-white cinema around the world. Our emphasis is on how colour functions during the era as a transformative technological and cultural form inherent to image production and reception. Full details

Please send your abstract (300–500 words in English + bibliographical references) and a short biographical note to submissions@cinemaetcie.net by June 1, 2018. 

All notifications of acceptance will be emailed no later than June 15, 2018. If accepted, 5,000/6,000-word essays will then be required for peer review by October 15, 2018.

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‘British Women Amateur Filmmakers and Colour Films – BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG Symposium’, 2 March 2018.  
Location: East Anglian Film Archive, John and Joy Chittock Research Room, County Hall, Norwich, NR1 2DQ.                                                                                                                            The Symposium has received generous support from the BAFTSS, ACSN, and East Anglian Film Archive, and is organised in collaboration with the Amateur Cinema Studies Network and AHRC funded ‘The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-1985’ project.  Programme    Additional information

updated 21st February 2018



BAFTSS Annual Conference 2018. Revolution, Politics, Technology, Aesthetics. 12th-13th April 2018, University of Kent. The 6th BAFTSS Annual Conference will be held at the University of Kent and focuses on the politically revolutionary and technologically or aesthetically innovative aspects of film, television and screen media around the world.

BAFTSS 2018 Conference   Programme  Panels & presentations on COLOUR & FILM

 

added 2nd March 2018


The Colour Group GB’s third International Film Conference on Colour in Film  19th-21st March 2018. Programme Details

The conference was organized by Dr Elza Tantcheva-Burdge of the Colour Group (GB), Professor Ulrich Ruedel at the  University of Applied Science HTW Berlin and Professor Barbara Flueckiger at the University of Zurich, in cooperation with the British Film Institute and Birkbeck, University of London.

 updated  13th January 2018


The Alchemy of Colour. Exhibition, 15 March -27 August 2018. John Rylands Library, University of Manchester.  “Poisonous paints, blackened bones, and beetles steeped in booze. Discover the strange and curious recipes that artists used to create some of history’s most vivid colours in our latest exhibition.Throughout the ages, artists experimented with intriguing ingredients to concoct their colours. Often they turned to nature in their pursuit for the perfect pigment.  Gorgeous yellows were cooked up from the stinking urine of cows, tree growths dissolved in acid made inky blacks, and precious stones were crushed up into vibrant shades of blue. 

The Alchemy of Colour uncovers the bizarre stories behind artists’ palettes through a display of some of the most striking manuscripts in our collection. An exhibition full of surprises, immerse yourself in a history of colour that’s as remarkable in its inventiveness as it is in its beauty.”

More information on the Alchemy of Colour can be found in the John Rylands Library’s videos: 1) Why Does Yellow Glow?  2) Why do some Black Inks Vanish? 3) How do you identify Blue? 4) Powerful Paintings: Identifying Purple

 Updated 9th July 2018

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