Irma Chantily is a manager, curator and creative producer from Indonesia. She believes arts and culture can help contribute for the betterment of society. She initially worked in photography sector where she taught at the Jakarta Arts Institute (2008-2015); co-curated “Jakarta International Photo Summit” (2010), and co-founded a platform for the history of photography in Indonesia. She gradually expanded her knowledge and passion to other media when she worked for Salihara Arts Centre as the Manager for Archive and Documentation (2011-2014) and co-curated OK Video, an international new media art festival in 2013. She also worked on a project led by Hivos in 2010 around the ratification of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity which opened her mind about cultural policy and advocacy.
From 2014-2019 she worked as a Senior Programme Manager in British Council Indonesia, responsible in strategically building around 200 new artistic collaborations and relationships between the two countries, developing the strategy for a multi-stakeholder programme called Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies, and facilitating the implementation of the MOU on Creative Economy between Indonesia and the UK.
In 2015 she was one of the co-curator for Jakarta Biennale 2015 working with Charles Esche, and in 2017 she curated an arts and technology exhibition in FACT, Liverpool. She is now working as an independent practitioner in the arts and creative economy.