About Jackie

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Beginnings

I began working with Irish Art as a student, working part time in Gerald Davis’s Gallery in Capel Street. ‘The Davis Gallery’ was the modern precursor to the Irish Arts Centre. Its ground floor housed a gallery and the second floor was a recording studio for Gerald’s jazz label, Livia Records. The top floor had Gerald’s ‘penthouse’ flat. The Living Above the Shop Tax Initiative of the 1970s breathed new life into buildings and creative people saw the opportunity to energise parts of Dublin that at that time were mainly retail.

Education

I completed a H.Dip in Arts Administration in UCD in 1993, where I now teach Finance on the MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management. In 2012 I began ACCA Accountancy exams, interrupted briefly in 2014 while I undertook a Certificate in Leadership at Ulster University (as an Arts Council of Ireland Scholarship).  In 2020 I finally finished all those accountancy exams and online modules culminating in a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting/ACCA at Oxford Brookes University London, receiving an A grade for my thesis ‘The Impact of Digital Technology on the Business Objectives of The National Portrait Gallery London 2017-2019’.

Experience

My first ‘proper’ job was as Education Officer in the National Gallery of Ireland where I began three weeks before the Gallery announced it had discovered a Caravaggio. After five years of programming public tours and events (including developing a self-financing outreach wing) in the Gallery I spent ten years as a theatre producer, first at TEAM Educational Theatre Company, and then as General Manager of Draiocht Arts Centre in Blanchardstown (one of Fingal County Council’s two flagship venues). I am proud to have instigated and raised the finance to open a café in the Arts Centre.

My next role inspired this website, as CEO of Ireland’s largest and oldest fine art print collective, Graphic Studio Dublin. It was established in 1960 as an artists’ member organisation with a studio and gallery (based on a Parisien Studio ‘Atelier 17’), and specialises in hand made printing techniques. While working with a formidable team of almost 100 artists I produced a number of major Irish and International exhibitions, including Revelation at the National Gallery of Ireland, Artist’s Proof at The Chester Beatty Library Dublin, and Graphic – 50 Years at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. From 2012 to 2015 I managed Dublin’s International Film Festival for its 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions.

Present & Future

Since 2012 I have been lecturing in Arts and Culture finance and marketing, at University College Dublin, Burgundy School of Business (France)and the European College of Business & Management (UK).  Since 2016 I have worked with a small and talented crew at OBFA Architects, where I lead cultural projects at the practice including artists’ workspaces, cultural feasibility projects and innovative social housing projects.  In my spare time I co-produce art shows and write about art.  Please contact me if you have any queries (info(at)jackieryanart.com)

Jackie