Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art Study Day at Southampton University
Starts: June 30 - 9:30am
Ends: June 30 - 4:30pm
There’s an opportunity to join academics from both sides of the Atlantic at a study day at Southampton University to discuss the use of Dazzle camouflage and its relationship to modern art movements such as Vorticism.
The event, on Saturday 30 June, is part of the Universitys Great War Unknown programme to mark the centenary of the First World War. It has been jointly organised by St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington to complement its major exhibition of the year, Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art, which runs from 16 June 23 September 2018.
The keynote speaker is Professor Roy R Behrens, Professor of Art and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa in America. He will give an overview of the history of camouflage and the place of Dazzle within it.
Professor Behrens, a former Sergeant with the Unites States Marines Corps, has taught graphic design, illustration, and design history, and has written numerous books and extensive papers on camouflage.
His work has been widely-applauded and is described as an “extensive study into modern military camouflage by the British and US military throughout the First and Second World Wars, exploring the contribution of art and science, and the ways in which, via modern and contemporary art, camouflage has been appropriated by contemporary culture.”
Professor Behrens will be joined at the Southampton study day by Camilla Wilkinson, Lecturer in Architecture, University of Westminster and a granddaughter of the Dazzle inventor, Norman Wilkinson, who will discuss the origins and development of her grandfathers Dazzle painting concept.
Simon Stephens, Curator of Ship Models, for the National Maritime Museum, will also speak, along with Dr James Taylor, a former Curator of Fine Art, National Maritime Museum, who will discuss how Norman Wilkinsons Dazzle painting team were assembled, and how Dazzle influenced their own work.
Other speakers include Ed Yardley, Independent Author and Exhibition organiser,
Gwen Yarker, Honorary Curator, Dorset County Museum and former Curator of Fine Art, National Maritime Museum , Professor Hugh Murphy, Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow, Sue Pritchard, Curator of Decorative Art, National Maritime Museum, and Liv Taylor, Senior Designer, Patternity, who will tell the story behind the creation of a new product range The Fleet of Dazzle – for the Imperial War Museum shop that was launched in September 2014.
The event on Saturday 30 June, runs from 9am 4.45pm with a break for lunch. Tickets are £15 (£12.50 concs) and include refreshments.
The exhibition, Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art, is at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in New Street, Lymington, from 16 June 23 September. It includes work by Norman Wilkinson, Edward Wadsworth, Montague Dawson, John Everett and many more artists, on loan from national, regional and private collections, including the Imperial War Museum and National Maritime Museum.
For information on how to book for the study day visit https://www.southampton.ac.uk/greatwar_unknownwar/news/events