JENNIFER ALLEN: FINE ARTIST

Jennifer Allen, known professionally as Quilla Constance, (QC) 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, costumes, lectures, paintings and video installations, situated variously within art gallery, academic, theatrical, street and pop venue contexts. Allen's artworks have exhibited in the UK and overseas since 2000 and currently revolve around her invented persona 'Quilla Constance' (QC).

Upcoming Solo Projects and Exhibitions

In 2019-2020 Quilla Constance will deliver Teasing out Contingencies - an Open Studio project, at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern. QC's newly commissioned painting and a series of costume installations will be in situ at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern in 2020.

In 2021, a development of QC's new works will tour to The Higgins Museum, Bedford (Sir William Harpur Gallery) for a six month solo exhibition, and mark a culmination of Teasing out Contingencies. This project is supported by Arts Council England, Tate Exchange, Bedford Creative Arts and The Higgins Museum.

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Events

2017: QC exhibited new works for her solo exhibitions Transcending The Signified which opened at The Museum of Contemporary Art London (MOCA) and toured to The Old Fire Station Gallery, Oxford, and The Kendrew Barn, St John's College, University of Oxford. A related symposium event took place at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. Funded by Arts Council England and UAL.

2016: QC exhibited new works for 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. was funded by Arts Council England, Bedford Creative Arts and Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios.

2015: 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: QC lectured and screened video works at The Freud Museum, London, in conjunction with the Freud and Eros: Love, lust and Longing exhibition.

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, subverting 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

2019 - 2021: QC received funding from Arts Council England and Bedford Creative Arts in support of upcoming solo projects and exhibitions 'Teasing out Contingencies' at Tate Exchange,Tate Modern and The Higgins Museum, Sir William Harpur Gallery.

2018: QC was selected to receive funding from Artichoke and Arts Council England to lead workshops in Bedford and design/produce a banner artwork for 'Processions 2018, London' - working with women of Bedford to mark the centenary of The Suffragettes.

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

2016: QC received 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: QC received 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

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

Collections

Allen's/QC'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