Dazzle Project Completed in Lymington
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery have been celebrating the centenary of WW1 with an exhibition about Dazzle, a type of patterning used to disguise or disrupt the outline of a ship. It was introduced in 1917 by the artist (and creative genius!) Norman Wilkinson, who persuaded the Admiralty that the answer to the U-boat threat lay in patterns painted on the side of ships which would confuse U-boat commanders as to the vessel’s speed and direction. These patterns became known as Dazzle.
Alongside this exhibition the museum has been running an exciting engagement programme, generously funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery. This has involved bringing together a group of young people working with local artist Harrison Alcock to paint a boat with their own Dazzle designs. Work took place at the Yacht Haven in Lymington on some of the hottest days of the summer, and the result was suitably dazzling. The boat will remain in Lymington until 23 September before being launched back into the water in its Dazzle livery, so keep an eye out for it sailing around the south coast.