Dazzle Ship
Dazzle Ship

Dazzle Ship & Hub

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


The Dazzle Ship is located a short signposted walk from Ocean Terminal. It is best viewed from Ocean Drive and Prince of Wales Dock. There is no access on board. A small display on the history of Dazzle is located at the end of the Prince of Wales Dock.


Ciara Phillips’ Every Woman, co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, is the fourth in a series of ‘Dazzle’ ship designs developed by contemporary artists to commemorate the First World War. 


Designed not to camouflage, but to distort a ship’s appearance when viewed through a telescope, ‘Dazzle’ was developed by the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson to counter the threat posed by German U-Boats. Using strongly contrasting blocks of colour, stripes and curves, dazzle designs transformed ships into a confusing array of multi-directional shapes, making it difficult to gauge a ship’s direction or speed. 


Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2014, Ciara Phillips works mainly in the medium of printmaking, attracted both by the physical process itself, as well as the long established history of print as a medium for exploring and expressing political and social ideas. Phillips has a longstanding interest in signs and signals, and overlaid on the surface of Every Woman is an encoded message painted in retro-reflective pigment. Celebrating the ship’s former role as a lighthouse tender (for over 30 years, the MV Fingal worked to bring supplies to some of Scotland’s most remote lighthouses), Phillips’ message – Every Woman a Signal Tower – will shine out through the darkness at night-time. In developing her design, Phillips was drawn to the lesser known histories of women in the First World War. The vast majority of dazzle designs were devised by a largely female team working under Norman Wilkinson in a dedicated department established in the Royal Academy, London; and across Edinburgh, Scotland and the UK, women entered the workplace in a wide array of roles (including as telegraphists and signallers) as part of the extended war effort. 


Ciara Philips' Every Woman is co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions with support from Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, Forth Ports, Sherwin-Williams, the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the Department for Culture Media and Sport. The Dazzle Ship series is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool and Chelsea College University of the Arts. In association with Merseyside Maritime Museum and HMS President (1918). 


Photography by Ross Fraser McLean.


Dazzle Hub

28th July - 28th August

Thurs - Sun, 10am - 5pm

Drop by the Dazzle Hub to find out more about Dazzle Ship Scotland or be a part of Project Dazzle. Project Dazzle invites you and your mini artists to become dazzle designers with free dazzle-themed drop in arts activities and workshops for all ages. Throughout the Dazzle Hub we will be exhibiting work from all the workshops and those with local schools and community groups.

The Dazzle Hub will be located in the centre, location to be confirmed.


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