We are delighted to be informed that John Noott’s “Art of World War II” exhibition from our last festival, now at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, has been chosen by The Art Fund as one of the ‘Top 5 exhibitions to see in December‘.

Featuring rarely seen portrayals of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, this exhibition explores the art of the Second World War through the remarkable collection of Broadway art dealer John Noott.

John was just seven when war broke out in 1939. Later in life, as a successful art dealer, he began to collect art made during the war years.  The collection now includes over 100 paintings, prints and posters by famous and lesser-known artists, including Felix Topolski and Eduardo Paolozzi. After showing at the Broadway Arts Festival in 2016, this exhibition represents the first major gallery showing of Noott’s rich collection of war art.

Quotes from visitors to the exhibition include:

“I just wanted to say that I saw the exhibition of your fabulous collection today and was riveted.   It’s a superb exhibition and fascinatingly educational about WW2.   I bought the excellent catalogue and will definitely try to find time to visit again before it’s over. Thank you and congratulations.”

“When I was at school, WW2 wasn’t yet history for our teachers, it was still current affairs, but your exhibition is brilliantly and fascinatingly educational.  So well put together with such informative boards. Truly a treat. Thank you!”