Drew, Joanna. (20 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 20. Joanna Drew [JD] describes continuing fulfilling challenge of mounting exhibitions; this ceased once she became Director of Exhibitions, responsible for planning programmes. Details of JD's roles in Arts Council [AC] when based at Hayward Gallery - Director of Art 1980 and nominally in charge of exhibition programme prior to this. Responsible for subsidy side of Arts Council work. No direct involvement in exhibitions again till 1987 on move to South Bank. Describes AC reorganisation of departments and responsibilities with demise of Greater London Council (GLC); direct provision and subsidy operated independently. Details. Explains politics between GLC and South Bank Centre (SBC). Comments on problem of finding overall Artistic Director for SBC and recent decision to appoint Chief Executive. Describes renting present accommodation in 1953. Details. Telephone interrupts. Describes subject of telephone conversation with Maggi Hambling (MH) - David Brown's (DB) funeral. Refers to obituary by Richard Morphet, with drawing by MH of DB. Describes DB's role at Tate. Comments on specialisation in Art field. Mentions her parents' response to AC job and initial pursuit of position in art world; refers to Anthony Blunt and William (Bill) Coldstream. Anecdote relating to job interview with former AC secretary general. Further reference to AC personnel; mentions lack of social life and generous salary. Describes request to PJ for salary increase.

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