When did she become such a sun rat?
Amelia Tan

15 December 2018

When did she become such a sun rat?  is a new performance by Amelia Tan. Created during her residency at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, the work considers public space and how it is navigated from the perspective of an observant sun rat (one who enjoys being in the sun).

“I’m tight roping between a car, the wall and tilting my head so I don’t get caught in a bush, or worse, have my eye gouged out.”

Meet by MILK Café, the performance will last approximately 20 minutes and will take place on the Hawthornvale Cycle path, between ESW and North Fort St.

Amelia Tan works with performance and video. Her work often begins with filmed observations of everyday behaviours and actions informing series of reenacted and fragmented movements. Interested in the façade that we build when in public situations, her work aims to make visible the unconscious movements that shape our relationship to the materials and meanings of the modern world.

Recent exhibitions and performances include Rhythm Machine, The Bongo Club; Trading Zones, Talbot Rice Gallery; The Green Room, Dornoch St Project Space; and Apple Bobbing, Embassy Gallery.


Amelia Tan is the recipient of the Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Bursary Award.

Warm drinks will be provided after When did she become such a sun rat? and you can also take the chance to see Bethan Radcliffe’s Studio Exhibition a line, a loop, a hoop.

When did she become such a sun rat? Part I: The Cage
1 December 2018

When did she become such a sun rat? Part I: The Cage was presented at ESW’s Winter Event on 1 Dec 2018 and was the first chapter in the bigger performance When did she become such a sun rat?, performed on 15 December 2018.