Phyllis Shillito and her colour curriculum 1945–79

This hybrid in-person and online event will focus on the colour curriculum of pioneering Sydney-based colour designer and educator Phyllis Shillito (1895–1980) of the 1940s to the 1970s.

In-person attendees will examine the impressive collection of student exercises and notes created by designer Eva Fay when she was a student at the Shillito Design School in Sydney in the late 1970s, which were recently donated to the Caroline Simpson Library (CSL), as well as other Shillito portfolios held in the CSL and private collections.

In addition, three presentations will establish the context of Shillito’s teaching of colour. Artist and educator Jocelyn Maughan will share her recollections of Shillito as a teacher in the late 1950s and give a critical assessment of Shillito’s approach to colour. Design historian Dr Catriona Quinn will examine the broader context of Shillito’s impact on technical education and its relationship to the dynamic development of the Australian interior design profession. And Dr David Briggs will discuss his research, conducted jointly with Eva Fay, into the sources of Shillito’s colour curriculum, based on the portfolios and notes on display.

  • 5.30pm–6pm viewing objects
  • 6pm–7.30pm presentations

Online attendance is free; registration is available through the Colour Society of Australia website.

This event is presented jointly by Museums of History NSW and the Colour Society of Australia.

Members get more: Enjoy presale and a 20% discount off all tickets.

About the participants

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

The Mint

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair accessible
Plan your visit
  • Wednesday 20 March 5.30pm–8pm