What do an archaeologist, a Jungian analyst and an art historian have in common? They are just some of the guests of the Colour Colloquium being held at UNSW's COFA next month (Tuesday 26th October).

This annual interdisciplinary event aims to increase the awareness of colour and its role in every aspect of our lives.

"Colour is a very powerful symbol, important not only in artistic expression but in rituals, myths and dreams," says artist Daniel De'Angeli, the colloquium's co-ordinator and COFA lecturer.

The symbolic use of colour has always been central to our cultural identity. UNSW archaeologist Dr Andy Herries will speak about the importance of colour to ancient people. Recent discoveries revealed that ochre has been used for ritual purposes from around 170,000 years ago. In Australia, Aboriginal people used to travel long distances to find ochre of the most intense red.

The guest speakers are:

What: 2nd COFA Colour Colloquium - Capturing the essence: Colour as symbolWhen: 1pm - 5.30pm, Tuesday 26th OctoberWhere: COFA Main Lecture Theatre EGO2, College of Fine Arts, cnr Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington

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