JENNIFER ALLEN: FINE ARTIST

Jennifer Allen is a British artist, cellist and freelance lecturer who graduated from The Ruskin School of Art, St John’s College, University of Oxford with a BA in Fine Art (First Class) and completed her MFA in Visual Arts (Distinction) at Goldsmiths College, London.

Allen explores her artistic concerns through an interdisciplinary practice of live and recorded performances, lectures, paintings and video installations, situated variously within art gallery, academic, theatrical, street and pop venue contexts. Allen's art works have exhibited in the UK and overseas since 2000 and currently revolve around her invented persona 'Quilla Constance' (QC).

In 2017 Allen aka QC will exhibit new paintings and live performances in her upcoming solo exhibition/s 'Transcending The Signified'. The project will open at The Museum of Contemporary Art London and tour to The Old Fire Station Gallery, Oxford, and The Kendrew Barn, St John's College, University of Oxford. A related symposium event will take place at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. 'Transcending The Signified' is funded by Arts Council England and UAL.

Selected Exhibitions and Events

2016: Allen aka QC exhibited new works in her solo exhibition/s '#QC' which opened at The Vaults Gallery London and toured to The Kendrew Barn, St John's College University of Oxford, with a symposium event at Toynbee Studios. #QC was funded by Arts Council England, Bedford Creative Arts and Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios.

2015: Allen aka QC exhibited new works in her solo exhibition 'PUKIJAM' at 198 Contemporary Arts, curated by Maria Kheirkhah (funded by Arts Council England, Diversity Art Forum, TrAIN, UAL, Lambeth Council and South London Art Map).

2014: Allen aka QC lectured and screened video works at The Freud Museum, London, in conjunction with the Freud and Eros: Love, lust and Longing exhibition.

2015: Allen aka QC delivered a performative lecture and screened works at The Institute of Contemporary Arts London in conjunction with 'Dis-identifications: Gender as Material' conference

2014: QC's ‘VJAZZLED’ video screened at Modern Art Oxford as part of Ruskin Shorts. The selection panel included: Dan Fox (Frieze & Ruskin School of Art), George Clark (Assistant Curator, Film, Tate Modern) and Ciara Moloney (Curator of Exhibitions and Projects, Modern Art Oxford).

2007: Allen curated a video event at 176 London courtesy of the Zabludowicz and Lux Film Collection. The event featured video works by Damien Hirst & Angus Fairhurst, Pipilotti Rist, Gilbert & George, Leigh Bowery and Jake & Dinos Chapman. Allen also screened her 2006 video piece: ‘Happy Christmas Mom & Dad’, exploring Freud’s notion of the Oedipus complex.

2004: Allen's video works were selected to screen in a solo exhibition as part of ARTLINKART Artist in Residence Programme at BizArt Art Center, China. The residency was funded by Arts Council England and The British Council.

2001: Allen's video works were selected to screen at Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2001. The exhibition opened at Camden Arts Centre and toured to Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art. The selection panel included Jennifer Higgie, and Turner Prize artists Mike Nelson and Chris Ofili.

Awards

2017: Allen was awarded funding from Arts Council England and UAL in support of her upcoming solo exhibition/s 'Transcending The Signified'.

2016: Allen was awarded funding from Arts Council England for her solo exhibition/s '#QC' at The Vaults Gallery and The Kendrew Barn, St John's College University of Oxford.

2015: Allen was awarded funding from Arts Council England for her solo exhibition 'PUKIJAM' at 198 Contemporary Arts.

2006: Allen was selected to represent Goldsmith’s College of Art in Goods to Declare - MFA International Artists’ Residency and Exhibition, Bezalel Academy, Israel. Funded by Arts Council England and The British Council.

2000: Allen was awarded The Laurence Binyon Prize for Art History. The Laurence Binyon Prize is open to all members of Oxford University and is funded by The University of Oxford.

Teaching

Jennifer Allen aka Quilla Constance is an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL and a visiting tutor at The Royal Academy Schools.

Collections

Allen's works are held in the following collections: Zabludowicz, David Roberts, Goldsmiths College Wardens, and private collections in the UK and overseas.


Jennifer Allen. Photo by Simon Richardson