Trained in the early 80's as an artist at the once most innovative, anti-institutional Dutch postgraduate artist-led institution, nowadays known as the well established, bourgeois and quite conservative 'De Ateliers', Gabriëlle Schleijpen's lively interest in the intersections between art and theory, between the poetical and the political, soon led her to escape the 'splendid isolation' of studio and so-called autonomous artworld - to become a full time educator and curator of discursive as well as practice based programs.
"You see, real revolution happens slowly, one school, and even one student, at a time" ( Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak).
Alongside her position as the artistic director of the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem (its entirely re-invented format set in motion by her in 2003) Gabriëlle Schleijpen, at the generous invitation of the ArtEZ University of the Arts, has been entrusted with the establishment of a new "centre of expertise", an interface between academic research and the world. The on-and off line research centre Schleijpen anticipates is closely intertwined with the DAI's long-standing praxis as a Roaming Academy and seeks to probe and bolster non-hegemonic, meaningful, affective and effective artistic relations and intellectual transactions between progressive and articulate art & research communities world wide. Working title: The Roaming Centre for Authorised and Unauthorised Expertise on the Planetary Campus.
Schleijpen is furthermore active as the honorary chair of the supervisory boards of If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution as well as of MetropolisM, among other advisory activities.
From 1999 till the end of 2015 Schleijpen was the Founding Curator in Chief of the Studium Generale Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam for which she invented, developed and tested a variety of educational formats and frameworks, meanwhile steering a myriad of exploratory and often unruly research trajectories which included group travels (between 2002 and 2008: meeting artists, intellectuals and activists in Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Libya a.o.), literally initiating, organizing and hosting hundreds of lectures, performances and screenings in curated contexts. During her final years at Studium Generale Rietveld Academie Gabriëlle Schleijpen inaugurated a recurring conference-festival, since 2014 taking place in one of Amsterdam's theatre spaces:
2010 BECOMING MINORITY - a year long orbit in various formats. Among the numerous guests were Brian Holmes, Terre Thaemlitz, Elaine Brown, Franco Berardi, Chto Delat, Arnout Mik, Joseph Massad, Josef Strau and WHW's Natasa Ilic and Sabina Sabolovic.