Comics covered at upcoming Colour and British Visual Culture Symposium

Colour and British Visual Culture Symposium BannerIf you’re in Norwich on Friday 6th September, comic artist David Roach – author of Rebellion’s upcoming Masters of British Comic Art – is a guest at the Colour and British Visual Culture Symposium.

David will be giving a talk on the use of colour in British comics called “Colour Comics in the New Frontier“.

“The talk will be liberally illustrated on screen and I’ll be bringing along originals by famous and obscure artists to show as well,” says David.

Organised by Dr Paul Frith (UEA) and Professor Keith Johnston (UEA), this free event will explore the impact of colour across different areas of Britain’s post-war visual culture.

Arising out of the AHRC-funded ‘Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-85’ project, the symposium will consider how the British film industry’s push towards colour – which became mainstream by the late 1960s – parallels the introduction of colour in other media and creative sectors.

This post-war proliferation of colour occurs in film, television, home video, music, fashion, advertising, and publishing. Each sector employed different technologies, processes, techniques and approaches in order to transform a traditionally monochrome visual culture into part- or full-colour.

The symposium includes panels on different aspects of this transformation: the Restoration and Rediscovery: The Colour Film Canon; Selling Colour: Colour in Television and Advertising; and Visual Culture: Colour in Fashion, Music and Publishing.

The symposium will be composed of three 90-minute panels. Each panel will comprise three speakers, from industry and academic backgrounds, talking for around 15-20 minutes each, allowing time for audience questions at the end.

Lunch and refreshments are included with the free ticket (registration essential).

Along with David Roach, confirmed speakers are Kirsty Sinclair Dootson (Newnham College, Cambridge); Richard Farmer (University of East Anglia); Laura Mayne (University of Hull);?Anthony Nield (Head of Production, Powerhouse Films); Michael Pick (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and author, Be Dazzled!: Norman Hartnell, Sixty Years of Glamour and Fashion); Mark Pitchforth (History of Advertising Trust) – and more to be confirmed.

• The Colour and British Visual Culture Symposium 10.30 am – 5.00pm Friday 6th September 2019 Cinema City, 27 Saint Andrews Street Norwich NR2 4AD | Free but register to attend here on Eventbrite

• For more information on the AHRC-funded ‘Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-85’ project visit: | Twitter: @EastmancolorRev

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3 replies

  1. I wonder why the photo of the main cast of “Get Some In” appears in a piece with the heading “Comics covered at upcoming Colour and British Visual Culture Symposium”.

    The serial is now being shown on Talking Pictures TV, bringing back for me memories of my service life.

    The first series was the most authentic. My ‘Corporal Marsh’ in basic training was a Lance Corporal Smith. I was in the army, in the Sappers.

  2. Obviously, the image represents the overall points of discussion at the event.

  3. But not the so much more well known Dad’s Army? Strange.

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