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Chaoying Rao

Chaoying Rao
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I am an multi-disciplinary artist with fringe interests as I firmly believe what causes us discomfort speaks volumes about our culture and shared values. My work often asks challenging questions that prompt us to re-evaluate our intuitive reflexes, with the aim of reaching a nuanced and more compassionate understanding of each other and the world we live in.

I graduated from her BA(Hons) in 2020 from the Glasgow School of Art, in Painting and Printmaking. I also hold a MA(Hons) in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.
Education:
Glasgow School of Art (2017 – 2020) – Fine Art: Painting & Printmaking – BA(Hons)
Leith School of Art (2016 – 2017) – Foundation Art & Design – Diploma
University of Edinburgh (2011 – 2015) – Philosophy and English Literature – MA (Hons)

Exhibitions:
‘Soup’, GSA P&P 3rd year exhibiton. Glue Factory, Glasgow. April 2019
‘Test Bed’, GSA P&P 2nd year exhibition, Tontine, Glasgow. April 2018
‘Body Bank’, Old Hairdressers, Glasgow. Jan 2018
GSA Visiting Professor Mu Daqi’s Workshop Exhibition. Tontine, Glasgow, December 2017
Leith School of Art Summer Exhibition. Edinburgh, June 2017
Leith School of Art Christmas Exhibition. Edinburgh, Dec 2016

Experience:
Young Women Lead Participant (2018 – 2019).
Assistant Editor (2015 – 2016) – Linen Press Books, Edinburgh.
Freelance Editor (2015 – 2016) – Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Book Festival: Writer Interviewer (August 2014) – WriterStories (writerstories.tv), Edinburgh.
PR Design (August 2011) – Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret
Dance Troupe (2010 – 2011) – Kamikaze Girls (Performance Trio), Edinburgh
Lap Dancer (2008 – 2018) – Self-employed, Edinburgh / London.

Contributions & Publications
‘Insight: Glasgow’s lap dancing clubs face stricter regulation‘ (June 2019) – The Scotsman, as told to Dani Garavelli.
‘More Old Tired Horse’ (June 2019) – Zine by current GSA students.
‘Transcend Whorephobia: Sex Work Is Work’ (March 2019) – educational poster designed for Brazillian Wax XXL: Queer Latin Disco for SWers and allies.
Creative Contributor (2014 – 2016) – SKIN.magazine (previously playwithskin.com), Glasgow.
‘What It Feels like to Be a Lap Dancer’ (November 2014) – The Herald Magazine, Edinburgh. As told to Vicky Allan.
‘Precarious labour and disposable bodies’ (2012) – Phd thesis, Dr Billie Lister.
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