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 vessel's 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 at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery 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 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.
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