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Sir Peter Blake: Everybody Razzle Dazzle

Make sure to catch Liverpool’s iconic Dazzle Ferry, a moving artwork by the Godfather of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, who famously designed the album cover for The Beatles’ 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band'

Sir Peter Blake: Everybody Razzle Dazzle

Make sure to catch Liverpool’s iconic Dazzle Ferry, a moving artwork by the Godfather of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, who famously designed the album cover for The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

‘Everybody Razzle Dazzle’ (2015) is a commission by Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool, in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool. Blake’s design covers the Mersey Ferry ‘Snowdrop’ with a distinctive pattern in monochrome and colour, transforming the vessel into a moving artwork as it continues its service. This is the third in the series of Dazzle Ship commissions and the first to be a working vessel.

Unlike other forms of camouflage, dazzle camouflage works not by concealing but by baffling the eye, making it difficult to estimate a target’s range, speed and direction. Realised in monochrome and colour, each ship’s dazzle pattern was unique in order to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognisable to enemy U-boats and aircraft.

As well as being a moving artwork, visitors who board the ‘Snowdrop’ can learn more about the history of dazzle camouflage and the role that the Mersey Ferries took in the First World War in an on-board display curated by Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool.

See ‘Everybody Razzle Dazzle’ for free from the waterfront or hop on board to explore the curated display. Share your photos with #DazzleFerry and find out more about the project at www.biennial.com/dazzleferry.

Supported by Arts Council England’s Exceptional Awards programme, National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture Media and Sport.


Event Date: Sunday 2nd April – Thursday 31st January 2019

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Location: Pier Head, Liverpool

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Contact Details

Joanne Karcheva, Tel: 0151 709 7444

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This event has been submitted by the event organiser and is not endorsed by Culture Liverpool or Liverpool City Council. If you have any questions, please direct them to the event organiser.


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