Rose Lejeune is a curator and researcher working with public institutions and private individuals to explore collecting contemporary art with a specific interest in context-based, social and performative practices. In addition to regular writing and public speaking on these topics, this activity is delivered through several avenues.
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 policy review, and public programming, it explores how can artists with social, process-based and ephemeral practices be represented in collections and how artists re-imagine collections through interactions with them. Current and recent projects include a year-long series of new collection commissions at the Victoria Museum and Gallery, Liverpool; a strategic review for the University of Salford Art collection; a study day for the Contemporary Art Society and work with private collectors.
Gallery Lejeune, an exhibition programme that investigates ways in which context-based, performative and ephemeral work can be archived and collected within a domestic setting. 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 intimacy, performativity and process in private collections.
Rose is also the Associate Curator for the Delfina Foundation’s Collecting as Practice programme. A research and residency project, the programme explores collecting and collections as sites with the potential for active and critical engagement in the development of cultural identity, revisionist histories and new narratives. The programme unpacks how artists and collectors alike are redefining the critical discourses of collecting in a global context. The programme has included significant interaction with both private collectors and public museum collections including the editing of the publication A Selective Guide to the V&A’s South Asian Collection, a book that came out of the artist Avani Tanya’s residency at the V&A.
Finally, Rose is a PhD candidate at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Her research focuses on social practice, process and notions of transaction in the art market.
Seen as a whole, Rose’s work addresses some key gaps in the contemporary art market and explores experimental methodologies for the commissioning and preservation of an expanded range of contemporary art practices within collections both public and private.
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 1418Now 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 Goldsmith’s College, University of London.