John Noott, joint founder of the Broadway Arts Festival, is sharing two works from his personal collection, ‘The Art of World War II’, both of which capture the essence of VE Day. By leading artists of the time, each one captures a fascinating insight into the mood of the day in two very different locations, a London pub and the rural village of Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire.

“VE Night” by Ruskin Spear  CBE RA (1911 – 1990) Londoners celebrating VE Day in appropriate fashion

Ruskin Spear was born in Hammersmith  and at age of 15, he won a scholarship to Hammersmith School of Art. Later, in 1930, another scholarship took him to the Royal College of Art. He began his teaching career at Croydon School of Art, then going on to teach at the Royal College of Art from 1948 to 1975. He was made a RA in 1954 and in 1957 he exhibited at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.