Drew, Joanna. (38 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 38. Joanna Drew [JD] describes her attitude to authority. Refers to public response to recently revealed affair involving Edwina Currie and John Major; comments on Margaret Thatcher and describes the continuing conflict between two different strands in make up of the Arts Council [AC], the Keynsian approach and that represented by W.E. Williams. Comments on Royal Opera House. Expresses reservations about effect of commercial sponsorship on the Arts; comments on positive effect of some lottery funded projects but criticizes negative effect of some capital development projects especially in terms of revenue consequences. Describes Thatcher government shut down on capital funding; refers to present plans for Hayward Gallery. JD recounts anecdote about being on short list for Directorship of the Tate; mentions Kynaston MacShine, Alan Bowness. Details.

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