Aowen Jin

Aowen Jin

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Nominated for:

Design & Creative Award 2015


London, UK


Aowen Jin

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Educational Achievements:

2003 BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London
1999 BA Law and Economics, Durham University

Professional Achievements:

Completed art commissions for high profile people such Her Majesty the Queen and Tony Blair.

Commissioned to produce a special artwork at Beijing's famous 798 art district for the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, to celebrate the creativity of London on his first visit to China in 2013. Created a sound-based fountain artwork that was covered on BBC, Chinese State TV, and more.

Created a special UV-light exhibition for the Horniman Museum (British Museum of the Year) and Kings Collage, London, which was featured in the Wall Street Journal, TimeOut, The Guardian, BBC, Vice, The Week and more.

Produced a critically-acclaimed documentary for her Factory Girls art Project, which was selected for the Unplugged Festival.

Artworks from her Made in China: One Child exhibition were licensed for the Chinese education curriculum by the Eduction Service of Australia, and were also shown at the British Pavillion at Shanghai Expo in 2010.

Additional Contributions:

Work with UNESCO on various campaigns.

Regularly carry out speeches about art and career development at universities across Britain and China - such as at Oxford, Goldsmiths, Leeds, Kings College and Fudan.

Career and life mentor at the South Bank Centre. Regularly take part in "speed mentoring" events each year on the London Eye during Day of the Girl and Day of the Woman festivals for South Bank.

Speaker and mentor at the 2014 and 2015 Women of the World Festivals at the South Bank Centre.

Was the youngest and first foreign art teacher at Holloway Women's Prison - the largest women's prison in Europe. Taught inmates of all ages, races and social backgrounds about how to appreciate and create art.

Culture ambassador to the city of Zhanjiang, China.

Carried out fundraising drives for numbers of British and Chinese charities such as Marie Curie and the Hope Project.

Working with non-profit organisation The Body Narratives to highlight issues related to women of colour.


Social commentator for the press, working regularly for media companies such as the BBC, Al Jazeera, Dazed & Confused and Stylist.

Chinese cultural and investment consultant for Mizuho Asian Securities Ltd.

Co-founder and Creative Director of London's hit fashion app Chicmi (

In the media:

From BBC's flagship Arts Hour, March 2015: "Aowen Jin is a Chinese born british artist and social commentator who's been described by a British newspaper as 'one of tomorrow's greats'. Her work has already been collected by Her Majesty The Queen - yep, Elizabeth II - a big UK museum, and all sorts of other high profile people. Aowen was 18 when she left China for Britain, and as the obedient only child she initially read Law & Economics, but thankfully for us went on to study art. China naturally informed and inspired her work and now with the speed of change in the country fascinating the rest of the world Aowen focuses on those changes on the culture and people. Her latest exhibition, Factory Girls, includes a film she's made which explores the dreams, aspirations of China's female factory workers, who make up 90% of the country's export workforce. It addresses questions like where do they come from, how do they view their lives, what do they want to achieve, and how do they view issues around their human rights?"

Twice named as one of the BBC's top 100 Women, alongside three-times New Zealand Prime Minister and UN Administrator Helen Clarke, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Cherie Blair and many other amazing women.

Named "one of tomorrow's great artists" by The Times.

Before graduating from art school, was already named Artist of the Month by Dazed & Confused magazine.

Her artworks are regularly covered widely by the media, including on BBC Women's Hour, BBC Front Row, the Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Guardian, VICE Magazine, Time Out, Stylist, Chinese Central Television and more. She has over a hundred pieces of press coverage so please refer to the press page here:

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  1. Adnan is highly professional & inspiring fashion promoter, his work for society speaks for him!


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