Teasing Out Contingencies


As British society becomes increasingly polarized we invite you to take part in the active making of a series of performances with artist Quilla Constance, which seek to cross borders, confront stereotyping and challenge gender, race and class inequalities.

Teasing Out Contingencies is a free open studio project in the Southwark Room at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, directed by Quilla Constance.

With a focus on collaboration, dialogue and exchange, you are invited to join Quilla Constanceto create inventive performances and scenarios to ask, what is British society now and where are we going? Through a series of workshops in the open studio you will be given opportunities to perform in new, elaborate costumes by Quilla Constance and respond to her specially commissioned 8×2 metre oil painting which presents eclectic and diverse scenes from British society today. The large scale oil painting will be on display in the Southwark Room at Tate Exchange from March 31st2019 – April 6th2020. You will also be invited to work with a selection of props, scripts, and respond to a diverse selection of music by award winning composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, choral scholars from St John’s College Oxford and Quilla Constance/Producer Rafflesian.

As part of a related symposium event held in the Southwark Room at Tate Exchange, chaired by Dr Cara Courage (Head of Tate Exchange) you will also be given opportunities to showcase and discuss the performances you created for Teasing Out Contingencies, and respond to presentations by guest speakers: Dr Mo Throp (Associate Researcher UAL), Dr Alexandra Kokoli (Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University), Adelaide Bannernman (Independent Curator) and Quilla Constance (Artist).

The project will arrive at The Higgins following its premier at Tate Exchange/Tate Modern in early April 2020.


Dates & Times (exact dates tbc)

October 2019 at 12.00-18.00

November 2019 at 12.00-18.00

March 2020 at 12.00-18.00

April 2020 at 12.00-18.00

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