17–27 September 2020

Structural Colour: Iridescence

Questions About Colour?

How many colours are there? What do colours mean? Is the blue that I see the same as the blue that you see?

This event will take you on a fascinating optical and mental journey, examining colour from the perspective of two leading physicists, Professor Richard Jones and Dr Andrew Parnell, and contemporary artist Paul Evans.

Lavishly illustrated with vibrant and colourful projections, the broad-ranging discussion will take in physics, biology, neuroscience, art, poetry and philosophy. You’ll never see colours in quite the same light again.

The talk will also feature a special preview of Paul Evans’ new work Homage to the Sphere, an abstract, virtual reality colour environment that he is currently developing with Human for Year of Making/Festival of the Mind 2016.


Arts Council EnglandPart of the Futurecade series of events.
Futurecade is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Paul Evans’ work has been shown throughout the UK, in Japan, and in New York. His achievements include the Eyestorm Gallery award for painting (2007), the Leverhulme Trust Residency, Cardiff University (2011) and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement ‘Engage’ Prize (2014).

Human is a Sheffield-based creative agency specialising in CGI animation and virtual reality. Founder Nick Bax is a visiting lecturer in design and visual communication and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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