Dazzle & The Art of Defence

18 Feb 2019 – 25 Apr 2019

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08:00 – 21:00
08:00 – 21:00
08:00 – 21:00
08:00 – 21:00
08:00 – 21:00
08:00 – 16:00

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TheGallery AUB

England, United Kingdom


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  • Any Uni bus. More Bus no 17 and 15. Yellow bus U6, U8, U9, U10.
  • Nearest station is the main Bournemouth Train Station.
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Following AUB’s collaborative contribution to Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art, held at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington, TheGallery is to hold a new exhibition at AUB in the Spring of 2019.


Curated by David Lund
Co-Curated by Elisa Di-Rosa

13 February – 25 April 2019
TheGallery, AUB

In 1917 when U-Boat attacks threatened to knock Britain out of the war, Wilkinson persuaded the Admiralty that patterns painted on the side of the ships would confuse U-Boat commanders as to the direction and speed of the vessels. A team of artists were then recruited to create the ‘Dazzle’ designs and soon ships were sailing out with bold colourful designs.

Reflecting on the roles of photographers, artists, graphic designers, modelmakers, and fashion designers during both World Wars, the exhibition includes paintings by the Dazzle artists Norman Wilkinson, Cecil King and Leonard Campbell Taylor, as well as scenes of Dazzled boats captured by John Everett and Geoffrey Allfree; wartime information posters by Abram Games and Eileen Evans, uniform fashion photography by Cecil Beaton; and models, photographs and costumes made by the staff and students at AUB.

Held between the centenary of the end of the First World War and the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, this exhibition is a powerful testament to the contribution of artists and designers in the defence of Britain during both world wars


Elisa Di-Rosa

David Lund


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