April 2016 – Voting has begun on this year's Museums at Night event! Five amazing venues across the UK are competing for Aowen to create a stunning light-based artwork on-site, to be shown in November this year. Choose between Compton Verney Art Gallery, Fulham Palace, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Rhondda Heritage Park and Torre Abbey.
Voting is open until Saturday 14th May, and you can place your vote on the Museums at Night website.
February 2016 – In a two hour unique and magical event, the Cathedral will turn off all the lights so that you can watch Aowen's Midlight artwork react to beautiful singing by a Chinese choir, and enjoy the groundbreaking work reflecting in the Cathedral's spectacular architecture. For full details see the flyer below or visit the Midlight website.
December 2015 – BBC's Cultural Frontline commissioned Aowen to produce and read a special report on the festive season in China over Christmas, and how it is influenced by but completely different to the Western traditions.
December 2015 – Midlight was shown on the Birmingham Cathedral Green and in the Birmingham Science Museum in two extraordinarily popular interactive exhibitions. For full details, including photos and videos, see the dedicated Midlight website.
December 2015 – Aowen wrote and read a special report for BBC's Cultural Frontline to introduce China's obsession with ghost stories and why Western ghost stories are frequently banned in China's booming film market.
December 2015 – Birmingham Hippodrome hosted a magical preview of Aowen's forthcoming new commission, Midlight, an interactive artwork made up a field of sound-reactive fibre optic lights. Talk, shout or sing at the work to change it, or even Tweet a colour to @himidlight to see the whole field change for you.
Midlight will be shown in various locations across Birmingham from the 12th to the 18th of December, including the Birmingham Cathedral and Thinktank Science Museum. For more information see the Midlight microsite.
December 2015 – Aowen was a guest on the BBC's flagship Weekend programme, reviewing the week's cultural, political and news events, including Pope Francis' visit to the Central African Republic, climate change talks in Paris and the future of Cantonese Opera. She also introduced her latest art project, Midlight, a spectacular interactive field of sound-reactive lights.
November 2015 – Aowen's stunning i18n, which covers the entire gallery walls and is only visible with UV torches, will be a part of the Secret Late event at the Horniman Museum & Gardens on the 12th November Find out more
October 2015 – Aowen read her open letter on BBC World's flagship news programme, Weekend, responding to the abolition of China's controversial One Child policy.
October 2015 – Aowen was a guest commentator, covering President Xi's stay at the Buckingham Palace and his speech in the Parliament. Listen here.
August 2015 – As part of her residency with Birmingham Hippodrome, Aowen has been commissioned by Without Walls and the Art Council to conduct first-of-its-kind research into the Chinese community's participation with art. Through workshops, volunteer programmes, interviews and surveys with Birmingham’s Chinese community during city's festival season, the research set out to understand this often private community and find ways to involve them into both in indoor and outdoor art across the country.
July 2015 – Aowen starts an artist residency at Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre. The commission starts with research about local the culture and will lead to a new interactive commission combining light and technology, engaging with and celebrating Birmingham's diverse communities.
July 2015 – Following reports of a Chinese company threatening to fine female workers who become pregnant without the company's permission, Aowen talks to Newshour about the rights of female workers in China.
May 2015 – Aowen discussed microsocial art and her Skin Colour project with Jude Cowan Montague on the News Agents, broadcast on Resonance FM, and later joined the programme again to discuss life in China with Jemimah Steinfeld.
March 2015 – Aowen talks about art, war and women with Syrian artist Sara Shamma and presenter Kim Chakanesta for the BBC World Service show The Conversation.
March 2015 – Throughout the Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival 2015 - a week long celebration of women co-inciding with International Women's Day - Aowen has been mentoring women of all ages on art, media, the creative industries and entrepreneurship.
February 2015 – Aowen's ambitious new installation at the award-winning Horniman Museum and Gardens fills the entire room with mystical creations from Chinese traditional stories. Imagine a Sistine-Chapel-style magical room, where viewer can only see the works with UV torches.
Photos in collaboration with Sony World Fashion Photography Award winner, Jayden Tang with clothing by John Herrera.
December 2014 – Aowen took part in a special two hour year-end BBC World Service Weekend programme, reviewing the year's key news stories from around the world, and discussing her upcoming art project.
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 - London's fashion diary
November 2014 – Aowen's Factory Girl's documentary is part of the official selection for the 2015 Culture Unplugged Festival, Humanity Explored. The 20-minute documentary explores the lives of China's female factory workers and forms part of Aowen's ongoing Factory Girls project.
October 2014 – This exhbition formed part of the 2014 Kings College Art & Humanities Festival, themed Underground. In an experimental first-time collaboration with playwrights, poet and actors, Aowen transformed part of the College's Strand Campus - turning the viewers into forensic investigators, to explore London's diverse cultures. Talented actors and poet performed a specially commissioned performance to sold out crowds.
October 2014 – With one-fifth of the women selected aged 25 or under, and more women from science and art, this year the project celebrates not only the women to notice now, but the ones to watch in the future! It again tries to kick start its pledge to represent women better in international news.
October 2014 – Aowen was asked by the Southbank Centre to join other influential and successful women to mentor schoolgirls around London on the London Eye. The day was spent listening to the girls' ideas, helping them to better plan, experience and enjoy their studies, and encouraging them to achieve their dreams and try out different routes to find fulfilment in life.
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 took part in a panel discussion for A Different Mirror, by non-profit organisation The Body Narratives, exploring body image and beauty perceptions in Women of Colour. How do we find self worth and value when our culture is not mainstream? Using her own experiences, Aowen encouraged everyone to celebrate their uniqueness, and find the determination to shine through with passion and love for who we are!
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.
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.
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.