Drew, Joanna. (48 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 48. Joanna Drew [JD] comments on mainly positive attitude of fellow professionals to her as a female authority figure; cites former Arts Council secretary general's (Roy Shaw) with her which he made public in an article in 'Modern Painters'. JD talks about circumstances relating to her employment by the Arts Council [AC] and her eventual early retirement. Details of JD's successor - former head of visual arts department at the British Council, Henry Meyric Hughes. Further detail relating to JD's reasons for early retirement, including description of uneasy working relationship with Nicholas Snowman; remarks on Nicholas Snowman's short tenure at Glyndebourne. JD describes her attitude to her own retirement and comments on tardiness of SBC management when it came to advertising for her successor. JD talks about her positive attitude to retirement and mentions her description in her leaving speech of various attempts to get rid of the Hayward Gallery. Anecdote about an attempt by one of the AC chairman to raise funds by trying to get rid of the AC collection; refers to coincidence of Lord Gowrie's involvement in getting Sotheby's to value said collection. Mentions Timothy Clifford's attempt to raise funds in a similar fashion for the British Council. JD refers to post retirement vacations spent in South of France with Peter de Francia [PDF]. JD talks about the Elephant Trust, mentioning Julie Lawson, John Golding, John Bodley and Lord Goodman.

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