Rose Lejeune is a curator and researcher working with public institutions and private individuals to explore new and radical methodologies of collecting contemporary art. This activity is delivered through two main avenues:
Gallery Lejeune, an exhibition programme that investigates ways in which context-based, performative and ephemeral work can be archived and collected.
Each exhibition is built around a series of events such as dinners, performances, talks etc. These programmes create a context from which to discuss notions of value and legacy in relation to ephemerality and permanence.
Collecting the Ephemeral, a consultancy, commissioning and research project.
Running since autumn 2015, and articulating itself through a series of new commissions within existing collections, consultancy and collection’s review, and public programming, the project explores several key questions:
- How can artists with experimental, performative, ephemeral or context-specific practices be represented in collections and archives?
- How can artists use existing collections as inspiration for new work?
- What values does collecting as a process have and how can this process engage audiences and have social relevance?
Together Gallery Lejeune and Collecting the Ephemeral address some key gaps in the contemporary art market and bring together commercial, social and artistic impulses to explore experimental methodologies for the commissioning and preservation of an expanded range of contemporary art practices within collections.
Rose Lejeune’s current curatorial activities have developed following a decade of extensive experience working with public organisations throughout the UK and in particular working closely with artists to commission for non-gallery situations and focusing on creating sustainable frameworks for the development of ideas and artistic process.
In 2014/15, as Curator at Art on the Underground, a world-class programme of contemporary art that enriches the London Tube environment, Rose produced a major commission with Richard Wentworth and lead consultancy and pilot projects for new programming strands on the River and Buses.
Between 2009/13, Rose initiated a series of ‘living’ exhibitions and residencies in London and Dublin. These projects (set variously in a derelict Fire Station, a residential house, an empty library and a gallery) mixed up the forms of exhibitions, residencies and conferences. Bringing together artworks with artists, theorists and audiences in a series of unique meetings they laid bare and opened up the processes, frameworks and durations through which art is made, displayed and disseminated.
From 2012/14, Rose lead the visual arts programme at Wirksworth Festival, a leading rural Festival in the UK. Following her re-structuring of the programme, she developed a series of major commissions including the performance/broadcast project Stop Frame: Process, Experiment and Broadcast in the Peak District landscape.
From 2008/09, Rose was Projects Curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London where she managed several major projects for the Gallery including Skills Exchange, a series of commissions with artists and older people, and the development of the Edgware Road Commissioning programme (now Centre for Possible Studies).
Rose holds a BA in Philosophy and Art History, an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art. She was a Vision Forum Research Member at Linkopings Universitet, Sweden 2014-16 and is a PhD candidate in Curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London.