Joanna Drew

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Joanna Drew CBE (1929-2003) was an English art gallery director and arts administrator.[1] She worked for the Arts Council for nearly four decades, and was director of the Hayward Gallery from 1987 until 1992. She was once described as "unquestionably the most important individual in the British art scene".[2]


Joanna Drew was born in India, the daughter of Brigadier Francis Greville Drew, later military governor of Eritrea, and the artist Sannie Drew. She was educated at Edinburgh Ladies' College[3] and Dartington Hall before studying a course in the history and practice of art taught jointly by the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art.[2] Drew joined the Arts Council in 1952 as an exhibition organizer. She helped organize Fernando Gamboa's 1953 exhibition of Mexican art at the Tate Gallery, and went on to organize the 1960 Picasso exhibition (where takings were too large to count at the end of the day), the 1964 Miró exhibition and the 1968 Henry Moore exhibition at the Tate.[4]


  1. ^ Susan Ferleger Brades, Drew, Joanna Marie (1929–2003), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Jan 2007; online edn, May 2008, accessed 17 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b Obituary: Joanna Drew, The Telegraph, 22 April 2003. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ O'Ryan, Lydia (2002) Drew, Joanna. (12 of 50). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives British Library, Retrieved 16 October 2014
  4. ^ Andrew Dempsey, Joanna Drew, The Guardian, 23 April 2003.