Our non-profit organization wants to strengthen the international presence of visual artists from the Czech Republic and develop the contemporary art scene. Our primary ambition is to create the first international and independent foundation fund to support the latest trends in the field of contemporary art and the representatives of the creative infrastructure. Our activities range from open calls supporting significant exhibition projects through the professional growth of artists and theorists and the production of new artworks to institutional collecting and education. We also build strategic international partnerships and support the initiation and realization of art projects at leading world museum institutions and globally relevant exhibition platforms.
Our vision is to become a patron of living visual artists, sustain their work, and support and initiate exhibition activities. The Czech cultural society has a great historical tradition of artists and theorists organizing themselves and creating a lively and fruitful scene of European significance. We want to bring back the values of the turn of the past century and revive the activities of the Mánes Association of Fine Artists, mediating this heritage to the Czech public and reinforcing it after many decades of decline.
We created the foundation fund mainly because the status of artists and their life realities have still not been defined in the Czech Republic. We are still lacking functional institutions and infrastructure in the field of contemporary art to continuously support artists, their work and its internationalization. The environment in which art is created is transforming. The recent “crisis” has clearly revealed that now is the time and opportunity for a radical revision of the social role of art and art institutions. Therefore, our foundation activities focus on three major fields: support of artists, production of artworks, and mediation and support of the internationalization of Czech art.
What is essential for our foundation fund to be successful and meet its goals primarily in the field of the internationalization of the work of Czech artists is professional collaboration and consultations with leading international experts who approve the supported projects, function as mediators of the fund’s activities and initiate negotiations with museum and gallery institutions.
Luc Art Fund was founded by art historian and gallerist Lucie Drdová and fundraising specialist Jana Bukvová in 2020.
People in Luc Art Fund
President of the Execuitve Board
Lucie is an art historian and gallerist. She combines academic expertise and professional experience from European exhibition institutions in her work. In 2012, she founded a private gallery with a focus on contemporary art based in Prague and Brussels. Lucie regularly publishes and lectures on contemporary art and artists, art collecting and the art market. In collaboration with other subjects in the field of contemporary visual arts, she seeks to cultivate the shared space and initiates projects to promote Czech artists in international contexts. She is a founder of Luc Art Fund.
Jana has pursued fundraising and donor care for over 15 years. She has managed charity balls, auctions, peer to peer fundraising and collaboration with local donors at a small volunteer organization. She has also catered to big individual donors at Via Foundation. She devoted one year to music production only to return to the fundamentals of fundraising at Tereza Educational Centre where she also worked in marketing. She is a founder of Luc Art Fund, currently on maternal leave.
Iva Javorská is an attorney with nearly 20 years of practice in the fields of business transactions and intellectual property. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague and received a Master of Laws degree in French and European Law from Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne. In the recent years, Iva has capitalized on her previous experience in contract negotiation and dispute settlement in the field of art copyright and advised commercial players in the field of fine arts. She lectures on art law at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology. She collaborates with the non-profit organization Fair Art which provides legal assistance to the contemporary art scene.