Family fun at Art Festival Dazzle Ship

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[Update 20 June - Dazzle Day Out has now passed, but the Dazzle Ship remains on public display through June, July and August as part of Edinburgh Art Festival (28 July - 28 August)]

Edinburgh Art Festival's new Dazzle Ship is the inspiration for Dazzle Day Out, an afternoon of family-friendly events taking place on Sunday 19 June.

The ship, now a piece by artist Ciara Phillips titled Every Woman, is berthed at Leith's Prince Alexander Dock, and is part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the centenary of the First World War.

Officially the MV Fingal, Phillip's 'dazzled' ship marks 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, and is a tribute to the women of the First World War, whose stories often went untold.

Ciara Phillips said:

It's fantastic to have the opportunity to work on a project of this scale, and this public in nature. My preparatory work for Every Woman focused on the lesser-known role of women artists in the creation of the original Dazzle ships and this work pays tribute to them.

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Family Events

The Dazzle Day Out events on the afternoon of 19 June (1-4pm) will include live theatre from Citadel Arts Group, celebrating the Leith way of life, plus poetry readings from 10 female writers responding to the theme of Every Woman.

Families can enjoy a series of art activities including making their own dazzle ship, building a family dazzle collage and the (intriguingly-named) dazzle yarn bombing.

There's also a behind-the-scenes film about the transformation of MV Fingal, an exhibition of artwork from Wardie Primary School and a pop-up stall from Manna House Bakery.

Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said:

Edinburgh Art Festival aims to share the very best of visual art as widely as possible. We are delighted therefore to be extending the reach of the festival outside our core dates with Ciara Phillips’ Every Woman, co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW, and a major project for Leith and the city.
Our dedicated day of ‘dazzle’ activities timed to coincide with the Leith Festival, is a great opportunity to find out more about Ciara’s extraordinary artwork and the wider history and context of WW1 to which she is responding.

Jenny Waldmnan, Director of 14-18 Now, added:

Every Woman is an amazing piece of visual art that also gives occasion to reflect on a crucial moment when art contributed to saving lives in the First World War. It is wonderful to be working with Edinburgh Art Festival and Scottish Government to present Ciara’s extraordinary design in the place where the first dazzled war-ready ships were docked 100 years ago.

Dazzle Day Out takes place on Sunday 19 June, 1-4pm at Vine Trust Barge, Prince of Wales Dock, Leith.

Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 28 July – 28 August 2016, with most of the programme free and unticketed. Find out more, including links for detailed programme and ticketing information on our Festival page.

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