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 Constance to 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 will present eclectic and diverse scenes from British society today. The resulting large scale oil painting will be on display in the Southwark Room at Tate Exchange from Summer 2020. 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 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 open studio project launched at Tate Exchange in December 2019 and will return in February and July 2020, with the finished piece due to premier at Tate Modern in September 2020 before being showcased at The Higgins Bedford.
September @ Tate Exchange (Southwark Room)
Final artwork to be on display from Tuesday 1st September until 6th September.