25/10/2018 - 04/11/2018

Event Description

Amazingly it’s been more than four months since the mass participation artwork, celebrating one hundred years of votes for women, took to the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

Continuing the celebration and legacy of the project, PROCESSIONS is to be part of an exhibition at SPILL Festival of Performance in Ipswich, from Thursday 25th October to Sunday 4th November. As part of this tour, Bedford Creative Arts’ banner, created by women of Bedfordshire and artist Quilla Constance, will be included in this vibrant and powerful display.

Bedford Creative Arts is one of one-hundred arts organisations from across the UK who were invited to commission one of one-hundred unique banners for the artworks, made by female artists and community groups. PROCESSIONS is a visual expression of equality, strength and cultural representation, inviting all women to unite and celebrate the early fight for the right to vote and express what it means to be a woman today.

Through a series of workshops focused on text and textiles and echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign, artist Quilla Constance (Jennifer Allen) and women representing the multi-cultural make up of Bedford, explored the ideas, hopes and concerns of women in 21st Century to develop Bedford’s own banner.

Combining fabrics from different cultures and with playful references to Victoriana, punk and sci-fi, the banner makes an impassioned statement about a collectively imagined future for women that was revealed at the PROCESSIONS event in London on 10 June 2018.

Last month PROCESSIONS began its tour, with an exhibition at the Festival of Imagineers in Coventry on the 17-22 September 2018. Throughout 2019 the exhibition will visit significant cultural venues throughout the UK, further details of which are soon to be confirmed.




25/10/2018 - 04/11/2018







Jennifer Allen AKA Quilla Constance QC

Quilla Constance ‘QC’ is an exoticized militant punk persona and the creation of artist Jennifer Allen. The artist’s work is concerned with exploring perceptions of race, identity and gender, particularly within pop and contemporary culture. As Quilla Constance she inserts her artistic practice into pop culture to interrupt the status quo. ‘QC’ can be found forging protests in public space, traversing music venues, entering art galleries and staging interventions using a wide range of interdisciplinary media, including live performance, large scale paintings, costumes, music videos, photographs and lectures. Her work embodies a vibrant and dynamic punk aesthetic. She employs languages of irony and hyperbole to make her costumes using exoticized materials and DIY techniques to create a powerful visual impact. The artist lives in Bedford.  

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