The first Dazzle Ship in Scotland has been unveiled on Leith Dock by Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) and 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, to mark 100 years since the Battle of Jutland.

Dazzle Ship Scotland, the first in Edinburgh Arts Festival's programme of public art commissions, has been 'dazzled' by Turner Prize-nominated artist and long-term resident of Scotland, Ciara Phillips. Entitled Every Woman, the striking pattern adorning the iconic vessel MV Fingal is Phillips' own spin on the decorated battle-ready ships that were docked at Leith 100 years ago and celebrates the role of women during the First World War.

Every Woman is co-commissioned by EAF and 14-18 NOW on the iconic vessel MV Fingal in Edinburgh's historic port of Leith. The Glasgow-based Turner Prize nominee was announced earlier this year as the fourth artist in a series of Dazzle Ship designs commissioned as part of the centenary commemorations of the First World War.

Dazzle was a technique invented by the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson during the war where ships were covered in abstract designs and disorientating shapes to prevent the enemy from determining their range, speed and direction of travel.

In developing her design for Dazzle, Phillips was drawn to the largely untold histories of women in the First World War, inspired by the team of women who worked under Wilkinson to develop the dazzle designs. Women also worked as telegraphists and signallers, and Phillips' design includes a message in Morse code embedded within the design in retro reflective paint reading 'Every Woman a Signal Tower'. The message will shine out in the darkness, celebrating the ship's former role as a supplier to remote lighthouses.

Ciara joins a number of artists including Sir Peter Blake, the Godfather of pop art, best known for designing the 1967 Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, to undertake a dazzle ship commission. And from today the public can use their smartphones to learn about the role of dazzle ships in WW1 and create their own dazzle designs using brand new artwork.

Dazzle It allows smartphone users to use the new artwork, as well as that of Sir Peter Blake, as inspiration to create their own dazzle designs then apply their creations to a 3D model, including a ship and a rubber duck, and view it via an augmented reality scene.

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW said: "The Dazzle It app and the new artwork allows smartphone users around the globe to get creative and make their own dazzle designs, using the  rich history of dazzle combined with cutting-edge digital technology. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and our partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies the Dazzle It app will allow more people than ever make the most of this unique opportunity to learn about the lasting impact of the First World War."

The app follows the series of three Dazzle Ship commissions: Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l'Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris 2014 by Carlos Cruz-Diez on the Liverpool Waterfront; Tobias Rehberger's Dazzle Ship London on the River Thames; and Everybody Razzle Dazzle by Sir Peter Blake.  The series of Dazzle Ships have been co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool.

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About 14-18NOW

14-18NOW is a programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War, as part of the UK's official centenary commemorations. It aims to engage as many people as possible with the First World War, exploring how the war has impacted on the society we live in now. 14-18NOW commissions new work by leading contemporary artists from all art forms, inspired by the period 1914-1918.  The commemorative period is marked by three key seasons - the first season centred around 4 August 2014 (Anniversary of the Declaration of War), the second is March to November 2016 (anniversary of the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme) and the last in 2018 (centenary of Armistice Day). 14-18NOW is responsible for the UK tour of the iconic poppy sculptures by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. 14 -18 NOW is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England and by additional fundraising.  14-18NOW has commissioned over 80 artworks to date that have been seen by over 20 million people.

About Edinburgh Art Festival

Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual festival of visual art, offering the chance to experience the best contemporary Scottish, UK and international artists in the context of exhibitions of some of the most important artists and movements of the 20th Century and historical periods. Attracting nearly 300,000 attendances in 2015, Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) brings together the capital's leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events. Edinburgh Art Festival is a charitable organization supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

About Dazzle Ships

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool in association with the University of the Arts London Chelsea College of Arts and HMS President (1918), in partnership with Merseytravel, who own and operate Mersey Ferries, and National Museums Liverpool (Merseyside Maritime Museum).  Supported by Arts Council England, National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Department for Culture Media and Sport. Dazzle Ship London is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Goethe-Institut London and Schroder Charity Trust.

Bloomberg Philanthropies - Public Art

Bloomberg Philanthropies' mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: public health, environment, education, government innovation and the arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars, and it has a history of supporting creative and innovative public art. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported artist Tobias Rehberger's Dazzle Ship in London as part of 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, and the Liverpool Biennial; We the People, Dahn Vo's multi-site exhibition in New York City, organised by Public Art Fund; and Doug and Mike Starn's Big Bambú installation in Jerusalem. In 2015 it launched the Public Art Challenge, encouraging temporary public works of art in cities across the U.S.

Dazzle Ship Scotland, the first in Edinburgh Arts Festival’s programme of public art commissions, has been ‘dazzled’ by Turner Prize-nominated artist and long-term resident of Scotland, Ciara Phillips.

Monday – Sunday 2 June – 28 August 2016

MV Fingal, Prince of Wales Dock Leith, EH6 7DX