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Sir Peter Blake

Mersey Ferry, Snowdrop

Everybody Razzle Dazzle

Until 2019

RIVER MERSEY

Image credit: Dazzle Ferry Mersey, Everybody Razzle Dazzle, Sir Peter Blake, 2015. Image credit - Mark McNulty

Mersey Ferry, Snowdrop

Image credit: Dazzle Ferry Mersey, Everybody Razzle Dazzle, Sir Peter Blake, 2015. Image credit - Mark McNulty

Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW and Tate Liverpool have co-commissioned one of the major figures of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool.

This is the third of the Dazzle Ship commissions, following Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l’Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris 2014 by Carlos Cruz-Diez on the Liverpool Waterfront, and Tobias Rehberger’s dazzling of HMS President (1918) on the Thames. Sir Peter’s design entitled Everybody Razzle Dazzle covers the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop, surrounding the passenger vessel with a distinctive pattern that can be seen for the next two years, as it continues its commuter service, River Explorer and Manchester Ship Canal Cruises; making this the first of the Dazzle Ship commissions to be a working vessel.

Peter Blake (b. 1932) is a leading figure in the development of British pop art and his work is synonymous with the use of imagery from modern culture, including comic books, consumer goods and advertisements. Everybody Razzle Dazzle is highly evocative of Sir Peter’s signature pop art style.

As well as being a moving artwork, visitors who board the Snowdrop can learn more about the history of dazzle and the role that the Mersey Ferries took in the First World War in a display developed by curators from National Museums Liverpool and Tate Liverpool.

 

Everybody Razzle Dazzle is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, and Tate Liverpool in partnership with Merseytravel 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.

Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW and Tate Liverpool have co-commissioned one of the major figures of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool.

This is the third of the Dazzle Ship commissions, following Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l’Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris 2014 by Carlos Cruz-Diez on the Liverpool Waterfront, and Tobias Rehberger’s dazzling of HMS President (1918) on the Thames. Sir Peter’s design entitled Everybody Razzle Dazzle covers the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop, surrounding the passenger vessel with a distinctive pattern that can be seen for the next two years, as it continues its commuter service, River Explorer and Manchester Ship Canal Cruises; making this the first of the Dazzle Ship commissions to be a working vessel.

Peter Blake (b. 1932) is a leading figure in the development of British pop art and his work is synonymous with the use of imagery from modern culture, including comic books, consumer goods and advertisements. Everybody Razzle Dazzle is highly evocative of Sir Peter’s signature pop art style.

As well as being a moving artwork, visitors who board the Snowdrop can learn more about the history of dazzle and the role that the Mersey Ferries took in the First World War in a display developed by curators from National Museums Liverpool and Tate Liverpool.

An integrated education programme underpins the project and includes a digital resource for schools, online commissions by artists and writers, with opportunities for groups and individuals to visit and participate in the project – see here.

Dazzle Ferry and the accompanying display and education programme have been funded through Arts Council England’s Exceptional Awards, which aims to fund projects that deliver great art for everyone.

The dazzle style in which the Snowdrop is painted, takes its inspiration from the famous glaring colours and jagged lines of the ‘dazzle’ camouflage, designed to confuse enemy U-boat captains. The geometrically patterned boats would have been a familiar sight during the First World War, when hundreds of shipping convoys sailed to and from Britain’s ports.

Jenny Waldman, Director 14-18 NOW said, ‘We congratulate Peter Blake on this wonderful artwork, which follows the success of the ‘dazzled’ Edmund Gardner in Liverpool and HMS President (1918) in London. Snowdrop offers a completely new way for visitors to experience a dazzle ship and learn more about the rich maritime history of Liverpool and the Mersey Ferries during the First World War. We are grateful for the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies.’

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: ‘It is an honour to commission Sir Peter Blake to revisit the practice of ‘dazzle camouflage’ and to invite him to paint the Snowdrop – an iconic Mersey Ferry. This is the third vessel that we have co-commissioned with our partners and it is wonderful that we are able to undertake this ambitious project with the support of the Exceptional Awards programme from Arts Council England. Millions of people will have the opportunity to see and engage with the artwork and we are delighted to be able to bring this exciting project to Liverpool.’

Find out about Dazzle Ship Liverpool and Dazzle Ship London

Everybody Razzle Dazzle is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, and Tate Liverpool in partnership with Merseytravel 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.

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Dates, Times & Location

Until 2019

River Mersey, Pier Head
Liverpool L3 1HT

As the only operating dazzle ship in the UK, visitors can take a river cruise and learn more about dazzle history and the role that the Mersey Ferries took in the First World War in the on-board display.

To find out about tours visit:http://www.merseyferries.co.uk/dazzle/Pages/default.aspx

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