Rae-Yen Song (b. 1993, Edinburgh, Scotland) is an artist based in Glasgow. Working expansively through drawing, sculpture, installation, costume, video, sound, performance, family collaboration and any other medium that becomes appropriate, Song’s practice is a long-term exercise in self-mythology as survival tactic. It explores the position of Other within our tangled reality, speaking broadly about foreignness, identity, and what it means to belong – or not.

Currently showing at Let the Song Hold Us, a group exhibition at FACT Liverpool (March – June 2022), and Meet me at the threshold, a group exhibition at Talbot Rice Gallery (March – May 2022). Other selected projects include: ▷▥◉▻ , a solo exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts (2021-2022); WORMB, a duo exhibition at Quench Gallery, Margate (2022); wūûūwūûū, a LUX Scotland moving image commission for BBC Scotland (2021); Fabric of Society, Glasgow International (2021); songdynasty.life, a nascent online archive, with videos commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Hunterian Art Gallery (2020 – ongoing); ✵may-may songuu✵, a solo exhibition at CFCCA, Manchester (2020); Survey, Jerwood Space, London (2018); Human Rights Arts Festival, JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo (2017). Recent residencies include with Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2019-21); Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2019); Sura Madura, Sri Lanka (2017).

Talbot Rice Residents is a 2-year funded programme for emerging artists based anywhere in Scotland. The programme offers artists a studio base and workshop access at Edinburgh College of Art, access to the research and collections of the University of Edinburgh, and a series of Masterclasses, writing commissions and studio visits with invited guests. The original plan to end the first iteration of the programme with a collective trip to Cove Park was halted due to the pandemic, we are very pleased however to be able to adapt the plans and offer the 5 artists an individual residential retreat this year.

Image:▷▥◉▻, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2021. Photo: Ruth Clark.