Siân Robinson Davies

© Siân Robinson Davies. Photo Max Colson.


Siân Robinson Davies is an artist and comedian based in Edinburgh whose work encompasses performance, writing and video. She graduated from Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2007 and Applied Linguistics at Birbeck College, University of London in 2011.

Selected exhibitions include: David Conroy, Seventeen Gallery, London, 2015; Ideas in things, Maria Stenfors, London, 2014; Public Building (as Internet), Transmission, Glagsow, 2013 and Semi (as Internet), Rhubaba, Edinburgh, 2012.

Selected performances include: Conversations at the performance event Gold Panning, Market Gallery, Glasgow, 2015; Christmas, LiveArt.DK, Copenhagen, 2014; Assumptions, EXPERIMENTICA14, Chapter, Cardiff, 2014; Assumptions, CCA, Glasgow, 2014; A Conversation with the Pink Panther at the symposium, If I know that something unknown transcends me…, Rhubaba, Edinburgh University, 2013; Egg on your Face, Off The Page, Cardiff, 2013; Trying to Remember, The Stand, Edinburgh, 2013; Expectations, Rhubarb Festival, FADO Performance Art Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2012; and My First Ever Stand-Up Comedy Gig (as Internet), Seven Sites, Manchester, 2012.

Selected writing includes: Footnotes for Transmission, 2015; When Will I Be a Real Comedian?, Amateur Library, Online, 2015; A performance I saw in 1974, Temps de Vacances, Les Couleurs, 2015; The Asking, Taking and Giving of Artist-Led-Activity, Annuale, Embassy Gallery, 2014; and Naked and Practical (a collection of short stories), 2018.

Expectations by Siân Robinson Davies

Curated and presented by FADO Performance Art Centre in the context of the 33rd Rhubarb Festival

Expectations started with the question; what do I hope to gain when going to see a performance? As I have spent a fair amount of time over the past couple of years doing them, seeing them and talking about them, Expectations is way of thinking about what it is in performances that leaves me feeling dissatisfied.

When I was younger I used to copy photographs of animals from books into my sketchpad. I used to be good at making the animals look realistic, which is why I went on to study art. I don’t draw pictures of animals anymore and Im not sure if what I do now has any relation to that activity, but somehow I got from there to here under the guise of art. I studied at Goldsmiths in London and have since done performances at art festivals and comedy nights in places such as Whitstable, Hildesheim and Aberystwyth. Now I mostly write scripts and texts and perform them.

Siân Robinson Davies

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre presents the 33rd Rhubarb Festival
Raw. Radical. Performance.
February 8–19, 2012

Canada’s premiere experimental performance festival offers Toronto fresh, live encounters with contemporary theatre, performance art, dance and music. For two weeks, hundreds of local and international artists descend on Buddies to share new ideas in performance creation with adventure-loving audiences.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer