Next week sees the first of the Teasing Out Contingencies workshops; a free open studio project in the Southwark Room at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, directed by artist Quilla Constance.
Taking place on 3rd and 4th December, the workshops give individuals the opportunity to be a part of the active making of a series of performances with Quilla, which seek to cross borders, confront stereotyping and challenge gender, race and class inequalities. With a focus on collaboration, dialogue and exchange, participants will join Quilla 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 participants will be given opportunities to perform in new, elaborate costumes by Quilla 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 Summer 2020.
A selection of props and scripts will be utilised and the opportunity to respond to a diverse selection of music by award winning composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, choral scholars from St John’s College Oxford and Quilla, and 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) participants 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 project will arrive at The Higgins in Bedford following its premier at Tate Exchange/Tate Modern.