February 2018 – Aowen was invited to BBC's flagship arts programme Front Row to discuss the state of contemporary art in China and how Chinese female artists address gender topics in China's new political landscape. Listen to the full programme here.
January 2018 – Aowen was a guest lecturer at the Chelsea College of Arts, University of London and talked about her art practice and how she defines her work as microsocial art. She gave insights into how to be a practicing artist in a competitive market, and encouraged students to be more self aware and believe in their own individuality.
December 2017 – Aowen joined presenter Paul Henley and Chatham House Associate Fellow Quentin Peel for a two hour long broadcast, discussing the week's news, culture and politics.
November 2017 – Aowen has launched a new art project with the University of Bath, supported by the British Arts Council. At the kick off symposium in Bath hosted by the University of Bath's Art Director Jamie Eastman, Aowen discussed the importance of collaboration between science and art - along with artists, researchers and the Chief Executive of the Arts Council, Darren Henley and the Wellcome Trust's Director of Culture, Simon Chaplin.
October 2017 – Aowen takes part in a discussion on the BBC World Service's Outside Source programme regarding the controversial IKEA ad about leftover women in China.
April 2017 – Aowen took part in a panel discussion about the romanticisation of orientalism at China Exchange in the heart of London's China Town. Find out more
March 2017 – Aowen was a visiting lecturer at Coventry University, mentoring art students and delivering a lecture about her art practice and the relative art scenes in China and the UK.
March 2017 – Aowen was invited to hold a lecture about artistic freedom in China and Britain at the Murray Edwards college in Cambridge University.
January 2017 – Aowen talked on BBC World Service Newsday about the new phenomenon of live streaming in China and how a new generation of content producers are finding innovative ways to fund their creativity. Listen here
November 2016 – Aowen gave a two hour commentary on current affairs, race and masculinity on the BBC's award winning talk show Weekend. Listen here
November 2016 – The BBC's flagship news programme asked Aowen to give insight in the drive and cultural trends surrounding Chinese Singles Day. Why and what is it, and how is it not just changing China, but also the world. Listen here
November 2016 – Aowen explains what cultural influences make Chinese tourists so drawn to the pub that Xi Jinping and David Cameron visited together. Listen here
October 2016 – Aowen's artwork The Ritual opens at Compton Verney Museum & Art Gallery as part of the national Museums At Night Festival. See all photos
October 2016 – Aowen joined host Zoe Baxter on the Lucky Cat radio show to talk about her new ongoing Factory Girls project and her upcoming Museums at Night exhibition, along with the latest in contemporary Chinese culture. Listen to the show
October 2016 – Marvel at Aowen's spectacular field of glowing rice on the 29th of October at Compton Verney - part of the Museums at Night festival. Find out more
September 2016 – Aowen will be a guest speaker at B!RTH Festival in Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre on October 19th, on a panel with human rights campaigner and shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti, lawyer Karin Kuhlemann, and Director of The Centre for Labour & Social Studies Dr. Faiza Shaheen. Read more and book tickets
August 2016 – Aowen joined legendary typographer Alan Kitchin and Shard structural engineer Roma Agrawal, discussing visual image overload. Listen to the programme
July 2016 – Aowen was a guest on the Islam Channel, a free-to-air satellite channel watched by almost 60% of British Muslims, discussing her Midlight artwork and career
May 2016 – Compton Verney is the winning organisation to host Aowen's Museums at Night event in October.
This award winning national art gallery is based in a Grade-I listed Georgian mansion, set in 120 acres of park designed by the famous landscape architect Capability Brown. Their Chinese collection of bronze is nationally designated. Find out more
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 – Aowen took part in a panel discussion at the newly opened China Exchange in London, discussing censorship, attitutes to sex, and capitalism vs communism in modern China. Find out more.
February 2016 – With the support of Birmingham Cathedral, Aowen used the popularity of her Midlight artwork to create a Chinese New Year celebration with a specially commissioned Chinese choir - and for the first time invited the Chinese community to celebrate their festival in the presitigious surroundings.
February 2016 – In an 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 – Aowen's special report on Chinese ghost stories and censorship was published as a top story by BBC Magazine Read article
December 2015 – Aowen was commissioned by Vice Magazine to create a unique digital artwork representing AI. Read more