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Kelly Zou 邹筱菁

Hi! I am a visual artist based in the UK and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2021 with distinction. I am the author of the comic book - "Micro Drama" and the illustrator of the children's book - “The Lost Flower Children” by Janet Taylor Lisle published in China.

I got my undergraduate degree in Information Management&System and earned a master's degree in Management Science and Engineering. After six years of working in the IT industry, I decided to make a change and came to the UK to pursue what I truly love.

EDUCATION (ART)

Royal Drawing School,  Online Drawing Development Year, Jan 2024 - present

Pathways Into Children’s Publishing from Pop Up Projects, Jan 2023 - present

Creative Edinburgh Mentoring Programme, Oct 2023 – Feb 2024

Year-long Painting Course in Leith School of Art, Sep 2022 - Jun 2023

RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration, Distinction, Jan 2022 - Aug 2022

Graduate Support Pilot Scheme from The University of Edinburgh, Jan 2022 - May 2022

Edinburgh College of Art, MA Illustration, Distinction, 2020-2021

AWARDS

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2024

Merit Award - iJungle Illustration Awards 2023

Highly Commented - The FAB Prize 2023

Longlisted - World Illustration Awards AOI in New Talent and Children’s Publishing 2022

Merit Award - iJungle Graphic Design Awards 2022

Honorable Mention - 3x3 International Illustration Awards No.16 

2020 Asia Illustrations Collections
2019 Asia Illustrations Collections

Shortlisted - The 7th CHINA ILLUSTRATION BIENNIAL(CIB7) Original Picture Book Award

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Creative Edinburgh × The Melting Pot Exhibition, 2024

SSA 30 x 30 Online Edition, Society of Scottish Artists, 2023

‘Helios’ Group Exhibition, Fern and Glade, 2023

Leith School of Art End of Year Exhibition, 2023

Eye to Eye Group Exhibition, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 2022

Embassy Gallery Annuale 2022

Whitespace Gallery Pop-up Exhibition, 2022,2023

Holyrood Art Club 64th Annual Exhibition, 2022

MA Degree Show, Edinburgh School of Art, 2021

Illustrating Together Weave Art into Life - Chinese-Japan Masking Tape and Handkerchief design joint exhibition, 2019

SELECTED ART FAIRS

Edinburgh Artists' BookMarket, 2022-2024

ThoughtBubble Comic Convention, Yorkshire, 2022

Hidden Door Festival Makers Market, 2023

Out of the Blue Abbeymount - Open Studios Event, 2022,2023

Endless Love Creative Market, Fruitmarket, 2022

Out of the Blue Christmas Market, 2022,2023

Glasgow Zine Fest, Scotland, 2022,2023

CONTACT

kellyzxj6@gmail.com

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