Drew, Joanna. (33 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 33. Joanna Drew [JD] describes the problems encountered in the Hayward Gallery [HG] below ground level where the art was stored, serviced and packed; mentions imminent transfer of the Arts Council [AC] collection of sculpture to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Tate's new warehouse in Bricklayers' Arms, off Old Kent Road. Refers to unsuccessful efforts of first chairman of South Bank Centre [SBC], Ronald Grierson, to expedite turnarounds at the HG; comments on Lord Gowrie and his informed knowledge of contemporary art; mentions Conservative government's initiative to introduce National Lottery and deal with Royal Opera House. Recalls collapse in the 80s of South Bank development scheme proposed by Stuart Lipton of Stanhope Properties; mentions Richard Rogers' proposal. Details of Lord Gowrie's success in securing Arts provision when Metropolitan Authorities dissolved. JD describes conditions relating to insurance of works of art, including Government indemnity scheme; talks about the AC restoration of works of art and private lenders requests for restoration prior to exhibition.

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