Drew, Joanna. (34 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 34. Joanna Drew [JD] describes activities below ground level at the HG, including reference to low incidence of damage to pictures and importance of retaining a good name; mentions difficulty of persuading collectors to lend works of art and refers to picture in Le Monde of flood damage to Zwenger gallery. Remarks on occasional incidence of pictures going astray from Arts Council collection; anecdote about National Audit Office audit and theft of pictures by certain Government civil servants. JD asserts that working for Arts Council as exhibition organiser one had corporate not individual style; remarks on design and background for exhibition installations, including method used to choose colour and preference for working with an architect rather than a designer. Remarks on the Hayward [HG] programme of exhibitions, mentions Grand Palais, Paris. Reference to gradual disappearance of exhibiting societies' galleries, including Royal British Artists [RBA], Royal Institution Galleries, and Royal Watercolour Society. JD mentions Michael Levey's unwillingness to enter temporary exhibition business. Further reference to constant threat of closure of the HG; mentions Ronald Grierson's offer of the HG to Vivien Duffield for Museum of Childhood and to the British Film Institute [BFI] for the Museum of the Moving Image [MOMA].

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