Ivana Jirásek is an arts consultant, writer, curator and fundraiser specialising in contemporary studio glass and philanthropy. She brings these skills and networks together in her freelance practice.
Ivana has a long association with the contemporary glass community as curator and writer. She catalogued the National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and developed exhibitions there and in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia, Australian craft and design centres and private galleries. She has been a judge of the Ranamok Glass Prize for Australian and New Zealand Contemporary Glass several times over its 20-year span, including its final year in 2014, and has curated shows with Canberra Glassworks among others.
Since 2002, Ivana has focused on growing philanthropic support for the arts with Artsupport Australia (a unit of the Australia Council for the Arts), the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Culture at Work (Art & Science hub), Beyond Empathy (a community cultural development organisation), and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She works with artists, arts organisations, individual philanthropists and philanthropic trusts and foundations to facilitate strategic giving.
Kultura is the Czech word for culture.
Banner photograph © Greg Piper.
Artists: Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott – Emerge 2005 (detail).