Drew, Joanna. (32 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 32. Joanna Drew [JD] describes ambiguous executive / non executive roles of AC specialist panels and South Bank Centre's [SBC] decision to make their employee, JD, chair her committee. Anecdote about Paul Macartney's proposal for Daumier exhibition at HG and committee response to pressure from Artistic Director of SBC. JD comments on appointment of Roy Strong [RS] as AC/ Council member and Panel Chairman by WRM when his nominee as Secretary General was not accepted by the Council. Details of RS saving of HG from closure, including reference to Paul Channon and Richard Attenborough. Story about appointment of Marghanita Laski as AC Deputy Chairman after Richard Hoggart had lost his position. JD mentions expressing to Susan Ferleger Brades [SFB] her desire to write political history of HG. Reference to president of Royal Institution of British Architects' [RIBA], and Terry Farrell plan for the Hayward Gallery [HG] as 'retail marzipan'.Story about Margaret Thatcher [MT] and Indra Ghandi's [IG] attendance at great Indian Exhibition 1982; mentions Robert Skelton showing uninterested MT around exhibition. JD comments on competing venues for Andy Warhol and Edwin Lutyens exhibitions; appropriacy of spaces for certain artworks. Repetition of background to LF exhibition at HG.

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