Who we are

CRSC is Canada’s only colour-focused, not-for-profit organization. We are a community of interpreters, knowledge seekers and experts, and colour – whether material or ephemeral – is our common focus.

Colour and light are inseparable elements of our world, and hold great significance for life on this planet, and for human perception, cognition, and experience. Colour is a key aspect of expression and information – a structuring principle in nature as in human culture, and is thus a key subject of study for a dizzying array of fields, making a colour research network a compelling idea.

As colour knowledge grows across many disciplines, the sharing of knowledge, discovery, capacities and applications gains more and more importance. How might we communicate and foster new insight across the divides of our disciplines?



The strength of our community is based in the cross-disciplinary sharing and building of colour knowledge.


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Human beings have long felt the influence of colours on our psyche and our senses. We marvel at colour in nature, and we play with colour in our cultural artifacts and environments. Our lives are immersed in colour…as material and immaterial presence…as expression of the seasonal cycles of our lives. We are engaged constantly in new forms of colour use, colour calibration, colour creation, colour design. Colour keeps us wondering what it is, how it activates our perceptual systems, what it signifies…
— Doreen Balabanoff