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THE ART OF EXHIBITIONS: An Evening Celebrating the Life and Work of Joanna Drew

November 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in the bookshop by the wood-burning stove for an illuminating evening with Professor Elizabeth Cowling and acclaimed artist Alexander (Sandy) Moffat, chaired by Golden Hare’s own Sir Mark Jones, to discuss Joanna Drew’s life and lasting legacy on the art world.

This discussion about the work of Joanna Drew relates to a new book by Caroline Hancock, Joanna Drew and the Art of Exhibitions, with contributions from Bridget Riley, Roy Strong, Richard Wentworth and others. Books will be available to buy on the evening; ticket prices are redeemable against a copy of the book.

Wine will be served.


by Caroline Hancock

Exhibitions were Joanna Drew’s life. She began her impressive career at the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1952 and during the next forty years organised an extraordinarily diverse range of exhibitions across time and cultures, from prehistoric art to contemporary art, folk art and high art, the 150 exhibitions she made for the Arts Council (and, later, the Hayward Gallery) included the sensational Picasso exhibition held at the Tate Gallery in 1960 – the world’s first blockbuster show – and other landmark exhibitions at the Tate and at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Academy, the ICA and elsewhere in London and the UK.

Between 1975 and 1992 Joanna Drew was successively Director of Exhibitions and Director of Art at the Arts Council and finally Director of the Hayward Gallery, which had become the leading UK venue for thematic exhibitions of western and non-western art and monographic exhibitions from Matisse (1968) and Anthony Caro (1969), through Renoir (1985) and Leonardo da Vinci (1989) to Toulouse-Lautrec (1990) and Bridget Riley (1969 and 1992).

Much of Caroline Hancock’s account of Joanna Drew’s life and work is drawn from memories of her colleagues, contemporaries and friends. It also features Joanna Drew’s own perspective on exhibition making – and her recollections of working with Picasso, Miró, Max Ernst, Jean Arp, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg and many other artists – as voiced in her extensive interviews for the British Library’s National Life Stories, made in 2002. Interspersing the main narrative are tributes from some of the people who worked alongside her.


Elizabeth Cowling is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Edinburgh University and was a friend and colleague of Joanna Drew.  In terms of exhibitions, in addition to Picasso’s Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery (London), she was one of the curators, with Roland Penrose, David Sylvester and others of Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Hayward Gallery 1978 (a high point of Joanna’s exhibition career), and also co-curator with John Golding of Picasso: Painter/Sculptor at the Tate Gallery in 1994.

Alexander (Sandy) Moffat RSA is an artist and teacher. Many of his paintings grace the walls of Scotland’s National Portrait Gallery, including the well-known Poets’ Pub and other portraits of significant Scottish writers. Born in Dunfermline in 1943, he studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art. He was the Director of New 57 Gallery of Edinburgh 1968-78, later joining the staff of Glasgow School of Art, where he became Head of Painting 1992-2005. A recent book on his work, Facing the Nations by Bill Hare was published by Luath Press in 2018.


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68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh City EH3 5AQ United Kingdom


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