The teaching and discussion of colour within practice-based disciplines in architecture, art and design has declined across Europe and internationally since the 1970s, although there is evidence of a resurgence of interest in colour in high profile exhibitions, publications and through historical research in pigments and conservation.
The University of Edinburgh has the potential to build capacity for further research and teaching in colour, particularly since the merger with Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), by tapping into existing expertise that is presently active and productive but disconnected and unfocussed.
Funded by the CAHSS Challenge Investment Fund, this project aims to develop synergies and areas of expertise within ECA, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS) and across the University.
As a topic, colour is naturally multi-disciplinary and there are likely to be elements of sporadic, unrelated research and teaching in Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Literature, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Anthropology, Archaeology and Physics as well as within creative disciplines in ECA.
The objectives of this scoping study are:
- To identify areas of existing expertise in relation to colour across the University.
- To establish new collaborations and networks.
- To build capacity for future research and teaching.
- To establish demand for a cross-disciplinary undergraduate pre-honours option course in colour.
A second, external strand of the project will identify areas of existing expertise in relation to colour teaching and research across selected Art, History of Art and Architecture institutions in the UK.