Specialising in modern and contemporary art and visual culture, Rosie is a curator and researcher whose interests include photographic images, art schools, exhibition histories and the archive.
Rosie's research has been published across print, film and online formats. She has curated displays, taught, and programmed events at Tate Britain, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Central Saint Martins, and Chelsea College of Arts. Most recently, Rosie co-curated Vital Fragments: Nigel Henderson and the Art of Collage at Tate Britain (2019-20) and co-convened the international conference and workshop programme Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1945 to Now (2021). In 2021, she completed her AHRC-funded PhD at the RCA, Image as Method: Nigel Henderson and the Art of Research. This was supported by an AHRC International Placement Scheme fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art (2018). Prior to her doctorate, Rosie worked at Chisenhale Gallery in East London.
Rosie’s research interests include histories, theories, and practices of art, visual culture, and curating, spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Much of her work focuses upon the post-war period in Britain, from 1945 to 1965. Her research into this period analyses collage, photography, exhibition-making, collaboration, artistic labour, and the emergence of artistic research methodologies. She is interested in the sites that shape – and are shaped by – artistic practices, and her research interrogates the roles of art schools, exhibitions, darkrooms, domestic spaces, and museums in the formulation of modern and contemporary art. Rosie’s research often centres upon archival materials that have an uncertain cultural status, such as the photographic negative or the found image. She is committed to developing critical and creative approaches to working with such materials within archives and collections, using historical fragments and ephemera to question the ways in which histories are constructed.
Rosie’s practice combines research, writing, curating, filmmaking, archiving and public programming projects. Recently, Rosie co-curated Vital Fragments: Nigel Henderson and the Art of Collage at Tate Britain (2019-20) and co-convened the international conference and workshop programme Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1945 to Now (2021). She also co-wrote and co-produced twelve short films, Collage in Action: Nigel Henderson’s Screen (2019), in collaboration with colleagues from Tate Britain and the Paul Mellon Centre.
TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership AHRC PhD Scholarship (2017-21).
AHRC Work Placement Scheme, Curatorial Research Placement, Tate Britain (2019).
AHRC International Placement Scheme, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University (2018).
Knowledge Exchange Champion: Most Innovative Knowledge Exchange Project of the Year, Royal College of Art, 2021.
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
Ram, R. (2021). A Question of Dependence. Art History 44, pp. 424-428.
Ram, R. (August 2021). Art and Masculinity in Post-War Britain: Reconstructing Home. The Burlington Magazine 1421, vol. 163, pp. 772-773.
Hallett, M. and Ram, R. (2019). Vital Fragments: Nigel Henderson and the Art of Collage, exhibition booklet. Tate Britain.
Hallett, M., Law, J. and Ram, R. (2019). Collage in Action: Nigel Henderson’s Screen, 12 short films. Tate Britain and Paul Mellon Centre.
Hallett, M. and Ram, R. (2019). Dark Times. Tate Etc. 48.
Ram, R., Lead Editor (2018). Prova, RCA Research Journal, 4.
Crippa, E., Flaskova, Z., Hallett, M., and Ram, R. (2019-20). Vital Fragments: Nigel Henderson and the Art of Collage. Tate Britain.
Ram, R. (2017). In Collaboration: Eduardo Paolozzi at the Central School, 1949-55. Museum and Study Collection, Central Saint Martins.
Ram, R. (2014). Anthony Caro: The Inevitable Revolution. Central Saint Martins.
Crippa, E., Ram, R., and Turner, S. V. (2021). Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1945 to Now, conference and workshop programme. Tate Britain and Paul Mellon Centre.
Ram, R. (2017). In Collaboration: Eduardo Paolozzi at the Central School. Central Saint Martins.