Drew, Joanna. (14 of 50). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    2002-03-18 and 2002-04-05 and 2002-05-02 and 2002-05-23 and 2002-06-28 and 2002-07-11 and 2002-08-15 and 2002-08-29 and 2002-10-03 and 2002-10-17 and 2002-07-11

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    Drew, Joanna 1929-2003 (female)

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    O'Ryan, Lydia (female)

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    Part 14. Joanna Drew's [JD] time at Ballet Rambert (continued). Describes tuition prior to pursuing combined course at Edinburgh University (EU) and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). Comments on gap between theory and practice at Courtauld Institute of Art (CI). Details of combined course, including reference to Professor MacMurray, Professor David Talbot - Rice and Giles Robertson. Mentions Elizabeth Cowling, present staff member and co - curator of Matisse / Picasso Exhibition at Tate Modern, 2002. Describes practical aspects of fine art course; emphasises importance of practical training in relation to career in Art. Further mention of CI's disregard of practical ability in art field. Refers to Anthea Callen's interest in backs of paintings, Patrick Heron's study of art students' careers. Describes being on committee of Edinburgh University Art Society (EUAS), together with Hamish Miles and Peter Tomory and organising two major exhibitions - 20th century French Painters and 20th century English Painters. Details, including borrowing pictures from Roland Penrose and Douglas Cooper. Mentions financial assistance of Scottish Arts Council. Arts Council [AC] job in part secured via organisation of these two exhibitions.

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