boat race is a performative participatory work that forms a continuum with Tans other investigations into colour coding and early Victorian racial classifications. Audiences are invited to make paper boats from a limited selection of coloured paper. These boats are later 'raced' on a nearby river. 

boat race has been held in CAS, Osaka. East International, Norwich and Belt, London.

boat race was supported by a YOTA residency in Norwich Art Gallery.