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Seeing the world in its true colours at Eden Court in Inverness


By Val Sweeney


PEOPLE of all ages are urged to brighten up their day at a free event, Colours of Art and Science, taking place today at Eden Court Theatre.

It is being staged by the educational charity, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), and will include workshops, talks and interactive displays.

It will bring together top scientists and artists in an exploration of colours and how they permeate every aspect of life and the universe from children’s fashion and book illustrations to photography and the depths of the oceans.

Maija Nygren, a designer with knitwear brand Alma Borealis, for example, will lead a workshop called Create a Knitted Stitch in which young participants will make colourful accessories while Dr Kenny Taylor will explore the science behind the Aurora Borealis light display.

The programme, between 10.30am and 4pm, includes a talk on how one jellyfish illuminated modern biology and an interactive display celebrating the 150th anniversary of The New Periodic Table of the Elements.

Eden Court.
Eden Court.

Alison Elliot, RSE general secretary, said it should be a fascinating day.

“Colour is a brilliant topic for exploring how one phenomenon can give rise to very different questions and different kinds of specialist knowledge,” she said.

“Put together biologists, artists, chemists and fashion historians and you’ll see the world and its colour in a new light.”

It takes place in the lead-up to International Colours Day on March 21 and the Hindu colours festival of Holi.



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