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Running Dog
– Short fiction by Claire Cao

Image is a digitally rendered blue sky with white clouds as the background to a series of human masks coloured with blue sky and white clouds


Campbelltown Arts Centre has partnered with Sydney-based online arts platform Running Dog to commission five written pieces that respond to the themes of the BLEED lead projects. As independent creative investigations into the rich conceptual ideas behind the artist works, these Echo responses bring new perspectives to the BLEED primary program.

Western Sydney writer Claire Cao will write a new short fiction work inspired by themes of political speech and gesture. The work will premiere in the fortnight of Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile’s Becoming the Icon.

Premiere status

World Premiere

Presented by

  • Presented by Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2020.

Artistic Credits

  • Writer: Claire Cao

Supported by

  • BLEED is supported by Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre and City of Melbourne through Arts House.


From 21 August
Duration: 5 min reading time


Short fiction


Running Dog

Running Dog is an online arts platform based in Sydney that pushes experimentation, playfulness and rigour in contemporary arts writing. Running Dog seeks to privilege nuance and contemplation in debate and is committed to covering the work of emerging and established artists through circulating regular content about artist run spaces, collectives, commercial galleries, institutions, one-off events and festivals.

Claire Cao

Claire Cao is a freelance writer from Western Sydney interested in memory, different forms of intimacy and digital media. She is a fiction editor for Voiceworks and a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. You can read her work in The Lifted Brow, SBS Voices, Running Dog and Runway Journal.


  • Please know this is a work of fiction. It contains references to sexual assault, violence, sexist and racist language and may not be suitable for younger readers.
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