Upcoming Exhibition

Dazzle & The Art of Defence

Upcoming Exhibition Exhibition in TheGallery

*Please note, this exhibition is now opening on 18 February due to maintenance in TheGallery

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

18 February – 25 April 2019
TheGallery, AUB

Following AUB’s collaborative contribution to Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art, curated by James Taylor and held at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington, this major new exhibition contextualises the artist Norman Wilkinson’s First World War ‘Dazzle’ schemes of disruptive camouflage against the wider contribution of the arts and creative industries to the defence of Britain in wartime.

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.

meet the curator: david lund

David Lund is a PhD student and Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Modelmaking at the Arts University Bournemouth. His principle research interests include architectural modelmaking, design history and material culture. He is particularly interested in exploring different approaches to understanding and interpreting material objects.  A trained architectural modelmaker, David works as a consultant helping architectural practices introduce digitally augmented modelmaking techniques. With experience in commercial and residential interior design, he also provides freelance technical design and installation support for TheGallery at AUB.

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meet the co-curator: elisa di-rosa

Elisa Di-Rosa studied on the BA (Hons) Photography course at the Arts University Bournemouth and graduated in 2017. She is currently the Gallery Administrator in TheGallery at AUB. Prior to this, she undertook a work placement with TheGallery in 2016 while a student, which eventually led to her employment.

Over the years, Elisa has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Henley-on-Thames, Bournemouth and London, as an artist and curator. Her curatorial projects include Escaping the Representations of Reality (2017) at the BUMF Gallery and Louise Bourgeois Prints: Autobiographical Series and Set of 11 Drypoints (2018) at TheGallery. Since graduating, she has continued to practise photography and is aiming to progress with curation and to study further in the art of museum curation.

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Related Exhibitions

Dazzle: Continuing the Art of Disruption 
Southampton City Art Gallery
19 October 2018 – 9 March 2019

The gallery, based in Southampton’s burgeoning Cultural Quarter, opened in 1939. It offers the opportunity to enjoy high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as permanent collection and displays that change regularly to ensure new experiences with each visit.

Dazzle: Disguise and Distruption in War and Art
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
16 June – 23 September 2018

The museum explores the history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast, inspired by local pride, and supported by the local community, its collections and colourful, hands-on displays offer a fascinating insight into the area for all ages.