Last chance to see Edinburgh Art Festival's Dazzle Ship

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Edinburgh Art Festival's amazing, brightly-coloured floating artwork will close on 31 January 2017 after 9 months on public display. 

Summer 2016 saw the unveiling of Edinburgh Art Festival's remarkable commission, Every Woman by Ciara Phillips, otherwise known as the Dazzle Ship. 

With the artwork now set to be converted into a boutique hotel by the Royal Yacht Brittania Trust as planned, the Festival hopes fans and newcomers will visit to take one last (or perhaps first) look at the ship before its time at Leith's Prince of Wales Docks comes to an end. 

The piece was co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and is the fourth in a series of Dazzle Ships across the UK, created to commemorate the centenary. 

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The ship launched in May 2016 with a journey down the river Forth, and has had an estimated 461,000 views, becoming a firm favourite among Edinburgh's citizens and visitors. 

Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said:

We are delighted to have been able to work with Ciara Phillips and so many project partners to bring such an ambitious artwork to life - I know that Every Woman will live long in the memory of residents and visitors to the city.

Every Woman was also key to a community education programme in which local people, schools and community groups learned more about the history of Dazzle and particularly the role of women during the First World War, a major theme of the artwork. 

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Highlights and outcomes from the programme included: 

  • Signal, a new poetry collection written by local writers and poets in the city in response to the artwork and its themes
  • Every Woman, Super Woman, a new zine on female empowerment, with an associated exhibition at Stills gallery, created by young BME women of the Young Saheliya Group.
  • Women At Work, a collection of short stories launched on 18 January 2017 and created after working with elderly residents from Port of Leith Housing Association and Citadel Arts Group
  • The design and creation in late December of a replica dazzle ship (above) as part of the city-wide Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations and the family event Sprogmanay at the National Museum of Scotland.
  • Participation for thousands of school children of all ages in a range of activities such as producing a 360° film, workshops on coding and encoding in Morse code, creating stunning wall murals.
  • An all-school Dazzle-focus week at Trinity Primary that included dance workshops and a miniature Dazzle boat for the playground. 

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said:

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. I am delighted that so many people have experienced Ciara’s extraordinary design in the place where the first dazzled war-ready ships were docked 100 years ago.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, added:

The Dazzle Ship is a powerful and distinctive piece of public art that has encouraged its many visitors to reflect on the impact World War One had on Scotland and our people. The Scottish Government has been proud to support the project through the World War One centenary commemoration programme and our support for the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Edinburgh Art Festival's Every Woman will be on public display until Tuesday 31 January at Prince of Wales Docks, Leith. Find out more about Edinburgh Art Festival including links and more, on our festival page.

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