Centenary Events

In 2015 the George Dannatt Trust celebrated the Centenary of George Dannatt’s birth, by organising exhibitions and events that highlighted George and Ann’s involvement in the art world as collectors, and George’s life as an artist.

St Ives and British Modernism:  The George and Ann Dannatt Collection
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

13 June – 20 September 2015

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Terry Frost, Blue, Black, White, 1960 – 61, oil on canvas, Pallant House Gallery, The George and Ann Dannatt Gift (2011) © Estate of Terry Frost. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015

Marking the centenary of George Dannatt’s birth in 1915, this exhibition will explore one of the Gallery’s most significant donations, the George and Ann Dannatt Gift. The collection includes a largely unseen and newly conserved group of paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by key figures associated with the St Ives Group of Artists in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including Terry Frost, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and John Tunnard.

The collection was one of the most significant private collections of its type, not least because Dannatt was a friend of many of the artists, and was himself an abstract artist. A selection of his own works will be included in the display, as well as archival photographs of the Dannatts with their artist friends and rare artists’ books and illustrated volumes. In addition to the St Ives Group, the collection includes works by artists associated with a poetic strain of Neo-Romanticism in Britain, including Paul Nash, David Jones, Prunella Clough and Keith Vaughan, as well as interesting prints by international artists such as Jean Arp and Eduardo Chillida.

The exhibition tours to the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester in Autumn 2015. A selling exhibition of George Dannatt’s work at the Osborne Samuel Gallery will take place in London in September 2015, as well as an exhibition of St Ives and Dannatt’s work at Southampton Art Gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new fully-illustrated book including contributions by Prof Brandon Taylor, Trevor Dannatt RA, Jackie Sarafopoulos, Adrian Dannatt and Simon Martin.

Supported by the George Dannatt Trust

Publication:
St Ives and British Modernism, The George and Ann Dannatt Collection
(Pallant House Gallery Publishing)

For more than half a century, between 1955 and 2009, two remarkable individuals, George and Ann Dannatt, devoted themselves single-mindedly to collecting the work of artists such as Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Bryan Wynter, Peter Lanyon, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, John Wells and Paul Feiler, as well as many others with St Ives connections such as William Scott, Robert Adams, Roger Hilton, John Tunnard and Alfred Wallis.  Illustrated with a wide range of works from the Dannatt and other collections, together with fascinating archival material, this book, as did the accompanying exhibitions in 2015-2016 at Pallant House Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and Dorset County  Museum, presents a view of British post-war modernism from the point of view of those most closely involved.  Commercial exhibitions of George Dannatts work were also held at Osborne Samuel Gallery, London and  Katharine House Gallery, Marlborough.

 

George Dannatt and Friends: Osborne Samuel Gallery, London

2 – 19 September 2015

An exhibition of works from the George Dannatt collection including sculpture by Denis Mitchell and paintings by John Wells.

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St Ives and British Modernism: The George and Ann Dannatt Collection  Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

3rd October 2015 – 3rd January 2016

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GEORGE DANNATT, Poundbury Landscape, Dorset, 1997

Marking the centenary of George Dannatt’s birth in 1915, this exhibition will explore one of Dorset’s most significant collections assembled by George and Ann Dannatt.

The collection includes a largely unseen and newly conserved group of paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by key figures associated with the St Ives Group of Close Artists in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including Terry Frost, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and John Tunnard.

The collection is one of the most significant private collections of its type, not least because Dannatt was a friend of many of the artists, and was himself an abstract artist. A selection of his own works will be included in the display, as well as archival photographs of the Dannatts with their artist friends and rare artists’ books and illustrated volumes. In addition to the St Ives Group, the collection includes works by artists associated with a poetic strain of Neo-Romanticism in Britain, including Paul Nash, David Jones, Prunella Clough and Keith Vaughan, as well as interesting prints by international artists such as Jean Arp and Eduardo Chillida.

Staged with kind support from Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Mansel-Pleydell Trust, The George Dannatt Trust and the Arts Council England