In Conversation

Emily Hesse and Rose Lejeune

Rose Lejeune is a consultant, 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, 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; study day and report for the Contemporary Art Society, and work with private collectors.  Rose is also the Associate Curator for the Delfina Foundation’s Collecting as Practice programme. A research and residency project, the programme has included significant interaction with both global private collectors and public museum collections including the devising of public programmes and artists residencies. 


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. This includes as Curator at Art on the Underground, and Education Projects Curator at Serpentine Gallery.


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.  Rose is currently a PhD candidate in Curating at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, where her research focuses on curatorial frameworks for performance art in and out of the art market.