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British Science Festival takes over Bradford

Once again the British Science Festival visited Bradford to great success and the SDC was honoured to collaborate with organisers, the British Science Association, on a number of key events. This year’s Festival took place over four days, with an exciting programme of over 120 talks, performances and installations in 25 different venues across Bradford. Over 8,000 tickets were reserved for booked events and many more visitors attended drop in evening events.

Turmeric dyeing workshop

Turmeric dyeing workshop

As part of the Community and City Festival programme, SDC provided a turmeric dyeing workshop to a community group of South Asian women and offered dyeing demonstrations in-store at one of the UK’s largest Asian retailers, Bombay Stores, for an event celebrating Asian culture and fashion on 7th September. Visitors to the Bombay Stores event had the chance to participate in a number of other activities such as henna art, sari demonstrations, textile tutorials and the event concluded with an Asian catwalk fashion show.

The secrets of ancient Chinese dyers

The secrets of ancient Chinese dyers

At SDC, we were delighted to open up our Perkin House head office to the public and welcome 141 visitors for an evening event exploring colour linguistics, psychology and perception, ‘Talking Colour’ on 9th September. Highlights for this event included a series of fascinating talks: Peter Naish gave an interactive presentation on three dimensional colour effects; Jing Han explained how modern chemistry is uncovering the secrets of ancient Chinese dyers; Marie Rogers discussed colour language and how perception of colour changes in different cultures and infants; and Mark Bradley explored why William Gladstone thought the Greeks were colour blind.

Exploring the patterns of ink mutation

Exploring the patterns of ink mutation

As well as the talks there were a number of hands-on activities for visitors to enjoy such as: a creative poetry workshop from Kala Sangam with poems interpreted into Indian dance, mime and music; colour perception experiments from the Sussex Colour Group; colour matching paints with different food items with Eleanor MacLure; dyeing demos and paper weaving with Christine Holdstock; exploring patterns of mutation with Immy Smith; discovering the Colour Experience interactive gallery; getting creative in the colouring bar; and colour-changing cocktails.

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What's your favourite colour?

What’s your favourite colour?

Rosie Waldron, Engagement Manager at the British Science Association commented on SDC’s involvement, “Thank you so much for taking part in the 2015 British Science Festival. The Festival couldn’t happen without your hard work and enthusiasm and we are very grateful for the time, effort and expertise that you contributed to make the Festival such a successful and enjoyable event.”

If you came along – thank you for joining in. We look forward to the British Science Festival returning to Bradford in the future, but if you can’t wait that long, SDC’s Colour Experience activities take place all year round.

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