Current participatory work update:

At present, I am working as a participatory artist researcher in the ART and SOLE (Self Organised Learning Environments) Research headed by Helen Burns at Newcastle University and in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Working with teachers, researchers and in schools investigating new ways that the SOLE can be used creatively with artistic outcomes in schools and gallery settings.

Artist residency at Gosforth Junior Middle School in Gosforth in partnership with GemArts. Delivering a programme of model making and animation raising awareness of diverse faiths and art forms across the North East.

I am working on a commission from the Laing Art Gallery in Partnership with TATE Britain to make a one off sculptural work as part of a resource box based on themes that were shared over the space of the project, by the hard to reach young adults who participated in the ‘Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives’ project.

I am part of a collective of Artists who work creatively with Ipads and digital technology in the making of new work with older people living with Dementia. The We engAge project promotes intergenerational working and aims to showcase contemporary artwork made by older people.

//June 2015// An animation made by Lesley-Anne Rose for Kathryn William’s song ‘Mirrors’ based on a scene from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. ”The video for ‘Mirrors’ has been made the absolutely amazing Lesley-Anne Rose. I was moved to tears when I first watched it. The way she has worked the song into the story and imagery, I find really touching. The lightness of touch and the mirror shadow girl adjusting her hair is just so pleasing. Leslie made all the figures and the sets as well as spending an awful long time in a dark room moving things centimetre by centimetre. The result is a spooky, wonderful match to the song, I hope you love it as much as me”



//June 2015// Made at Ashington children’s centre by parents of young children, with animator Lesleyanne Rose, BAIT project and BALTIC centre for Contemporary Art.


//February 2015// An animated oral history made for exhibition at Woodhorn Colliery Museum in Northumberland and features a voice from their extensive audio archive.

Who ate Tate’s bait? was made by Lesleyanne Rose in collaboration with a group of people who have a learning disability and are living in a secure environment


//October 2014//London International Animation Festival have invited Lesley-Anne Rose’s animation Spatulahead to be included in the ‘Late Night Bizarre’ programme at the festival from 24 October-2nd November 2014

//September 2014// Six week project about dispelling the myths around mental ill health culminated in an exhibition and animated short films on display at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art from 8th September 2014 to 12th October  2014. 


//July-September 2014//Lesley-Anne Rose worked with The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art  exploring ideas in drawing, print and animation with Dryden SEN school, Gateshead, we used the theme of ‘musical tree’ to make this colourful and unusual animation. 



//April 2014//Lesley-Anne Rose took part in a residency on the Isle of Eigg, with the Bothy Project, here is a link to her blog on the experience. And keep an eye on this site for updates. 









//March 2014// Lesley-Anne Rose’s animation Spatulahead has been selected for the 2014 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International.

//January 2014//Spatulahead was nominated in the Royal Television Society Northeast and the Border 2014


//November 2013// Presentation and exhibition : 

Northern Film & Media, Channel 4 and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art recently commissioned ten artists and filmmakers to make short films for Channel 4’s Random Acts strand. To celebrate their completion and in the lead up to broadcast the ten films are in exhibition at BALTIC from 28 October – 17 November 2013. To illuminate and complement the exhibition, the artists and filmmakers will be talking about their Random Acts projects.

Lesley Ann Rose, ‘Spatulahead’

Spatulahead is a surreal, stop-motion animation by artist and animator Lesley-Anne Rose about the misfortunes of a boy who irons his head flat. Adapted from an anecdote by comedian Richard Todd, Spatulahead tells a part-fictional, part-factual based tale of Richard’s twin brother, brought to life by Lesley’s hand-made puppets.

Lesley will be discussing the craft of stop-motion animation in the digital age, covering her self-taught background and previous works in this medium. Using a selection of puppets and set pieces from Spatulahead, Lesley will deliver a demonstration on building armatures and will discuss the technical difficulties incurred during the making of her film.

Lesley works as a producer, writer and director of short, stop-motion animation films in the North East. She has exhibited throughout the UK and works extensively with community groups facilitating projects in stop-motion animation alongside her own practice.

When: Tueday 12 November. Registration from 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start. Ends 5.30pm.

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Cinema, Level 1) | Gateshead Quays | South Shore Road | Gateshead | NE8 3BA