November 2014 – Aowen was invited by Oxford University to present her Factory Girls project as part of the Oxford China Forum - a whole day event looking at political, economical and culture future of China. Aowen talked about how her ongoing work with China's factory workers has revealed changes in the cultural attitudes towards women in China.
November 2014 – Aowen has joined the Chinese-British venture Chicmi, which is creating an innovative technology platform to provide a guide to London's creative fashion scene for both Chinese visitors and locals. Aowen will lend her creative and cultural expertise to the team, and will be responsible for Chicmi's product strategy and creative direction.
Find out more about the bilingual app: Chicmi - the fashion finder app.
October 2014 – As part of the 2014 Kings College Festival, Aowen's exhibition Intangible transforms a secret location inside the Kings College Strand Campus and turns the audience into forensic investigators. Her works are invisible to the naked eye, and the audience must discover them using UV torches.
October 2014 – For the International Day of the Girl, Aowen was asked by the Southbank Centre to mentor schoolgirls from around London on the London Eye.
May 2014 – Aowen was invited to talk at Leeds Unversity about her career as a British Chinese artist and the inspiration behind her work - in particular her Factory Girls and Aromasense projects - including how she tries to encourage her audiences to have a new perspective on both British and Chinese culture through her projects.
April 2014 – Aowen presented the second yearly installment of her ongoing Factory Girls project, documenting the changing dreams and ambitions of China's modern female factory workers. The exhibition was held in Brixton, as part of a collective called A Different Mirror, which explores how women of colour perceive themselves, and how they are perceived by others. See the latest works.
March 2014 – Aowen was a guest on the flagship BBC World Service programme Weekend, talking about Factory Girls, art, world events and classical music.
March 2014 – Aowen discussed her art practice and the ideas behind her Factory Girls project at the Women of The World Festival, at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. WOW is a five-day festival of talks, debates, music, film & comedy celebrating women. Find out more.
January to March 2014 – Aowen is currently in Southern China, collaborating with a different group of factory workers in a new location for the second year of her Factory Girls project. She will share her experiences and artworks with everyone once she comes back and finishes her final production.
February 2014 – As an influential British Chinese artist, Aowen was invited to give a speech on the importance and future of radio for the UNESCO World Radio Day, celebrated on the 13th of February 2014. The speech was filmed in the studio of fellow artist Karen Hammerton. Watch the video (Chinese) or see all press.
November 2013 – With exceptional attention to detail, Aowen has spent over a month redesigning her website, treating it as an art project. If you have any feedback on the new site, please contact her here.
October 2013 – To mark the 100-year anniversary of the feminist movement, the BBC invited 100 high profile women from around the world for a special conference debating the global issues that affect women today. Aowen was one of the participants. Visit and join the conversation at the BBC.
September 2013 – The first exhibition for Aowen's Factory Girls project opens at the Brick Lane Gallery in London. This ambitious project will continue until 2020, documenting the changes in China's factory girls as the country strives to becomes the world's biggest economy. Full exhibition coverage.