ArchiveTalk or Event

Van Gogh's Colours: A Pigment Timeline by Jo Volley

20 Oct 2021 6-7.30pm


Over Spring 2021 Jo Volley created a timeline charting the specific colours used by Van Gogh across his lifetime. Materials, collated through a close reading of the artist's letters and associated texts, were applied directly to the walls of the Van Gogh House.

The talk will be accompanied by a reading from Andy Leak (Emeritus Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, UCL), reciting his translation of the poem 'Complainte de Vincent' by Jacques Prévert.


Jo Volley is an artist and who lives and works in London. Her work is concerned with measurement, space and colour as light and employs a wide range of material and mediums. Her work draws attention to the nature of archiving, historic materials, ideas of craftsmanship, incorporating traditional and contemporary techniques. 

Jo Volley is Slade Deputy Director (Projects) and Coordinator of the Material Research Project & Network and the Material Museum at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL where she studied from 1972-77 and has taught since 1986.

Andy Leak is Emeritus Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, UCL. 


Access requirements
Gender neutral toilet Many of the floors are made of original timbers so we do not permit high heels in the house. The space is small, so we ask that visitors do not come with large bags or are prepared to leave bags in a safe space on the ground floor of the house. The house is a Grade II private residence with numerous stairs and narrow passageways, and we regret that wheelchair or step free access is not possible. We welcome babes in arms. There is no age restriction for tours, but in the interests of health and safety we ask that children are accompanied by an adults

Book now

Back to top