Upcoming Exhibition

Dazzle & the Art of Defence

Upcoming Exhibition Exhibition in TheGallery

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

13 February – 25 April 2019
TheGallery, AUB

Following AUB’s collaborative contribution to Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art, held at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington, TheGallery is to hold a new exhibition at AUB in the Spring of 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 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, 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.

meet the curator: david lund

David Lund is a PhD student and Visiting Tutor 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.

Prior to his academic career, David had a multi-award winning career in bookselling, and is an expert in visual merchandising, retail design, and leadership and management.

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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.