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Rachel Ara worked for almost thirty years in Computing, also studying for a Foundation in Art and Design at the City Lit and then a BA Fine Art (Hons), Goldsmiths College, London where she won the Neville Burston Award. She uses her background in programming and cabinet-making to create complex works that interrogate their own function and raise questions around gender, technology and systems of power. Her many other awards include: 2016 Winner of the International Aesthetica Art Prize, finalist for the Lumen Prize. 2017 Barbican G Floor Commission, finalist Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy, Near Now Fellowship for pioneering artists, RWA Academician. In 2018 she was selected for the London Open Triennial at the Whitechapel Gallery and became Artist in Residence at the V&A London.