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Drew, Joanna Marie, 1929-2003 (Director of Art at the Arts Council of Great Britain, Director of Hayward and Regional Exhibitions at the South Bank)



  • Existence: 1929-2003

Joanna Marie Drew was born in Nain Tal, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 28 September 1929. She was the daughter of a Brigadier, serving in India. Her mother was the painter, Sannie Drew. She was educated at Dartington Hall School in Devon, and then she went to Edinburgh University where she studied art history along with a course in art at Edinburgh College of Art.
Drew organised - along with Roland Penrose - Tate Gallery exhibitions such as 'Picasso' (1960) and 'Miro' (1964). With David Sylvester she organised the Tate's Henry Moore exhibition in 1968. The opening of the Hayward Gallery within the South Bank arts complex provided her with a new focus on behalf of the Arts Council. At the Hayward, exhibitions such as 'Islamic Art' (1975), 'North American Indian Art' (1976) and 'Dada and Surrealism Reviewed' (1978) were staged.
In 1975, Drew succeeded Norbert Lynton as first Director of Exhibitions within the Arts Council, then in 1978 she succeeded Robin Campbell as Director of Art, in charge of exhibitions in London, awards to artists, purchasing works of art, subsidising buildings, and running the Serpentine as well as the Hayward. Into the 1980s however, these galleries had become independent clients of the Arts Council, and in 1986 she stepped down from the Council to become the Director, Hayward and Regional Exhibitions, at the South Bank. She retired in 1992.
Like her father before her, in 1985 she had been awarded the CBE. From France she had also received the honours of Chevalier (1979), Officier of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres (1988), and Officier of the Ordre Nationale du Merite (1990). In late-2002 she was diagnosed as having inoperable cancer. Joanna Marie Drew died in London on 20 April.

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Arts Ephemera collected by Joanna Marie Drew

 Fonds — Box: CLX-A-774
Identifier: Coll-1121
Scope and Contents The ephemera - largely printed and graphic - includes art subjects from all ages, and artists ranging in stature and in their international reknown: Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, Braque, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cezanne, Otto Dix, Robert Doisneau, Maggi Hambling, Katarzyna Kobro, El Lissitzky, Berthold Lubetkin and Tecton, Magritte, Andrea Mantegna, Matisse, Andre Breton Matta, Miro, Monet, Henry Moore, Picasso, Bridget Riley, and Richard Wentworth. It covers painting, sculpture, architecture,...
Dates: 1960-1990