Scotland’s first Dazzle Ship, Every Woman, created by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips to commemorate the centenary of World War One, will be on display for its final few weeks in Prince of Wales Docks in Edinburgh before closing on 31st January 2017.
Adorning the iconic vessel MV Fingal, Phillips’ striking design aims to commemorate the battle-ready ships that were docked at Leith 100 years ago and highlight the important role of women during the war. Since its launch in May 2016, when it journeyed down the Firth of Forth as part of the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Jutland, the ship has attracted an estimated 461,000 views, with thousands of local residents, festival audiences and international visitors sharing images and memories online.
The large-scale artwork, co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, has proven to be an incredibly popular attraction, becoming a much-loved part of the Leith landscape as part of celebrations for the 70th anniversary year of Edinburgh, The Festival City.
Through a dedicated programme of workshops and community events specifically developed around the artwork, Every Woman, inspired creative responses across the city. The ship will leave an enduring legacy in the city, with over 7500 Edinburgh residents – locals, school children and community groups young and old – having explored the history of Dazzle and the role of women in the First World War.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said:
“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.
“Ciara Phillips clearly put a lot of thought into this work – expertly merging the location, the ship’s historical significance and highlighting the vital role women played at home during the conflict. “The project has captured the imagination of thousands and inspired artists and writers to create further work, which I look forward to seeing.”
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.”
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.”