CONFESSIONS: Making a Performance of Yourself

10 Feb 2020


Jerwood Arts, 171 Union Street , London, SE1 0LN

CONFESSIONS is a programme of events led by Jerwood Arts which invites speakers and participants to use the underpinnings of ‘confessing’ to confront broader issues of private and public experiences of creative practices, in the hope of gesturing towards a more collective mode of working and discussing.

Leading this edition of confessions will be artists who share their experiences of public performance in practice.

This event is for artists, curators and arts professionals to meet and express concerns, joys and demands around their practices.


  • Introduction and confessions from speakers
  • A facilitated discussion which invites attendees to express thoughts and issues around their practices


Adam Christensen

Adam Christensen is a London-based artist who makes performance, video, fabric and text works, and performs with the music project Ectopia, which was Wysing Arts Centre’s band-in-residence in 2016. He has previously performed and presented work at Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Baltic Triennial as well as Almanac, David Roberts Art Foundation, Southard Reid, London, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Hollybush Gardens in London.

Quilla Constance 

Quilla Constance stages interventions across an interdisciplinary practice of paintings, lectures, photographs, live performances, costumes and art/music videos. Her live performance work has been noted for its ‘unflinching physical narrative performed entirely through breath, posture and non-verbal sounds: panting like a dog, sex noises, then laughter, pure guttural anger, and back again’. (The Stage). Quilla studied at The Ruskin, University of Oxford and Goldsmiths, University of London. She later studied acting at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup. Recent solo projects and exhibitions include: Teasing out Contingencies at Tate Modern, Tate Exchange. The Higgins, Sir William Harpur Gallery, Bedford – Transcending the Signified at MOCA London. Old Fire Station Gallery Oxford – #QC at The Kendrew Barn, University of Oxford.


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You can contact us via email at [email protected] or telephone +44 (0)20 7261 0279.

This event is free to attend, but capacity is limited:

Quilla Constance Performance with Flash Mob at the BBC. Photo by Andrew Crowe.Quilla Constance Performance with Flash Mob at the BBC. Photo by Andrew Crowe.