Curated by David Lund
Co-Curated by Elisa Di-Rosa
13 February – 25 April 2019
Dazzle & the Art of Defence will present selected highlights from the Dazzle exhibition alongside a student and staff reflective component that will draw from the many creative disciplines studied at AUB. The exhibition aims to contextualise the story of Dazzle against the wider contribution of the arts and the creative industries to the defence of Britain during wartime.
In 1917 U-Boat attacks threatened to knock Britain out of the war. Artist Norman Wilkinson persuaded the Admiralty that the answer lay in patterns painted on the side of ships which would confuse U-Boat commanders as to the vessels direction and speed. A team of artists were recruited to create these Dazzle designs and soon ships were sailing out looking like exhibits in an avant-garde art show.
This unique exhibition, originally curated by James Taylor, author and historian, looks at the development of Dazzle and features original ship models, Dazzle plans and artworks made to record and celebrate the scheme. The exhibition includes works by Norman Wilkinson, Edward Wadsworth, Montague Dawson, John Everett and many more on loan from the national, regional and private collections.
This is the only exhibition on the topic being mounted during the First World War Centenary commemorations.