Tate Modern Workshop

Open Studio With Quilla Constance

Quilla Constance, Pukijam, digital video still, 2015

Quilla Constance, Pukijam, digital video still, 2015

Help shape a series of performances that seek to cross borders, confront stereotyping and challenge gender, race and class inequalities

Join artist Quilla Constance in a series of open studios and become part of a specially-commissioned oil painting which will present eclectic and diverse scenes from British society. The painting will be in-situ in Tate Exchange in 2020. You will be invited to work with a selection of props, scripts, and music by award winning composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, choral scholars from St John’s College Oxford and Quilla Constance/Producer Rafflesian.

Drop in, wear costumes, create performances, share your ideas, and be part of the dialogue as the painting comes to life.

This event is part of Teasing Out Contingencies, a free open studio project of active performances asking: 'what is British society now and where are we going?’

Quilla Constance aka Jennifer Allen dedicates this project to her beloved mother, Wendy Allen, a formidable, inspirational woman whose love crossed racial borders. In loving memory of Wendy Allen 1960-2019.

About Quilla Constance

Quilla Constance (abbreviated QC) is an 'exotic' militant punk persona created and performed by artist Jennifer Allen. Allen's artworks are informed by skills and knowledge acquired through practicing and deconstructing a variety of learned languages. Currently, through Quilla Constance, Allen stages interventions across an interdisciplinary practice of paintings, installations, costumes, photographs, live performances and music videos.

This project is supported by Arts Council England, Tate Exchange, Bedford Creative Arts and The Higgins Museum.

Tate Modern

Tate Exchange

Blavatnik Building, Level 5

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


3–4 December 2019

12.00-13.00 - Talk and Q&A

14.00-18.00 - Drop-in