Exhibition: Dazzle:Disguise and Disruption in War and Art
Starts: June 16 - 10:00am
Ends: September 23 - 5:00pm
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, 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.
Art historian and BBC Antiques Roadshow presenter Paul Atterbury said: “ It is extraordinary that so important a story, in which the very future of Britain hung in the balance, has until now not been told. National galleries and museums in London and elsewhere have certainly missed a trick by ignoring this great story.”
This is the only exhibition on the topic being mounted during the First World War Centenary commemorations.